When we changed our itinerary because of the unrest in Chile we decided to return our car to Puerto Montt where we had rented it and fly to Santiago from Puerto Montt. Our flight was at 1 am on Saturday so Friday we swam at the hotel in the morning and then drove south. We stopped, took a walk and had dinner (including a Pisco tasting) in Puerto Varas before turning in the car and catching our plane. There was an overnight stay in Santiago and the long flight back to San Francisco was uneventful.
It was a wonderful trip. It’s good to be home. We are beginning to plan our next trip. It will be to Europe probably leaving in February.
We are staying in the Huilo Huilo Biological Preseve. This is a picture of our hotel. When we look out the window of our room it feels like we are in a tree house.
Today was a busy day. This morning we visited the red deer enclosure, the wild boar enclosure and the Museum.
The museum had a mammoth tusk that had been carved.
It also had a really extensive mineral collection. This is a scorpion in amber.
This afternoon we hiked to two more waterfalls not far from the hotel. The first waterfall was Huilo Huilo Falls.
Next we hiked to Puma Falls. There is so much water in the river right now that we got wet from the spray. They have a tree tunnel to walk through but it didn’t help keep us dry at all.
Dinner was pizza and beer at the Peterman Brewery across from the hotel.
Today we drove from the coast into the Andes almost to Argentina. We are staying at Huilo Huilo Biological Preserve. Huilo Huilo is essentially a large private park with a hotel complex.
After we checked in we took a five mile hike through the reserve along the Fuy River.
Today was an excellent relaxing day. We went for a walk up above the cove where our lodge is located. Most of the day was foggy but the sun did come out for a bit mid afternoon. I was determined to do a bit of wading to see how cold the water is. I can report it is icy.
Today we drove south and west to a secluded beach north of Valdivia. Pilolcura Lodge is in an idyllic spot right on the beach and there are only a few houses and a very few people here. It’s all incredibly relaxing and peaceful.
We had fish for dinner overlooking the foggy beach.