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 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 was a easy driving day through miles of lovely Chilean scenery. Tonight we are in La Araucanía near the town of Curacautín.
I learned a new word today. The sign below warns about “baches” in the road. We had to look it up. It means potholes. There were indeed potholes like moon craters in this section of road.
We are staying at a guest house east of Curacautín so along the way we stopped and bought groceries for dinner.
It was wonderful to wake up this morning knowing that we didn’t need to pack up because we are spending two nights in this beautiful spot. After a tasty breakfast we talked to the manager about nearby hikes. We decided to do a hike in Huerquehue National Park. We ended up hiking ten miles with almost 2000 ft elevation gain. The hike had lakes, waterfalls, and wonderful volcanoes views.
We are sore and worn out tonight. It was soothing to soak in the riverside hot spring after we got back to our room.
Today was another beautiful day. We took our time driving through the Lake District.
We stopped for coffee in Licon Ray.
Tonight we are staying at Peumayen Lodge overlooking the Liucura River. There is a wonderful natural rock hot tub on the edge of the river just below our room. We are
looking forward to soaking in it later.