**We have not posted for months! We’ve been in countries with poor wifi and we’ve been on the move a lot. In fact, in reality we are coming to the end of our 9 month trip around South America – we’ve done Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and down the Amazon back to Colombia, via the Caribbean island of San Andres. It’s been amazing and we hope to catch up on the blog in the next month or so!**
Puerto Varas, Chile.
As soon as the bus pulled up in Puerto Varas, we hopped off and legged-it to the North Face shop to purchase the boots I had ordered in Pucon. Eventually the shop assistant managed to find them in the stock room and I slipped them on right away to begin breaking them in ahead of the W trek in Torres Del Paine that was a matter of days away. As soon as we came out of the store and turned right, we were blown away by the amazing views of the lake with huge snowy mountains and volcanoes in full view.
For me, Puerto Varas was a beautiful little town and I instantly wished we had more than the two nights to spend there. The shops, pubs and restaurants were all housed in nice Alpine-esque lodges and the beer and tasty food was well priced.
We stayed at a nice little hostel called Hostel Pacha that was a few blocks from the centre. As we walked along the lakeside promenade we came across a bar-restaurant called Brava Cabrera. The food was probably the best we’d had in South America and we visited again on day two. I had asado on the first day – a nice piece of beef cooked perfectly and served with rustic chips – and Ashleigh had chicken and vegetables, washed down with beer brewed in the town. The next evening I had a tasty beef stew served in a gravy with carrot and swede whilst Ashleigh had pizza.
We’d built up a hunger on day two by going to local national parks of Petrohue and Llanquihue National Reserve, getting more miles of trekking practice in.
The first stop was the waterfalls of Petrohue, where we were able to get some amazing photos of the river and volcanoes.
It was a littler pricier than the average national park fee but worth it for the sights.
We then managed to hitchhike down to nearby Llanquihue, for a brilliant trek around Lake Chapo with the backdrop of the Calbuco volcano.
We bumped into a French Girl who we had met in Bariloche and set off on a 5 hour hike.
The ground was sandy and so it was not an easy walk but the views were as spectacular as any we’d ever experienced.
Snow capped mountains reflected in the shimmering lake as the sun shone brightly. Sounds like song lyrics, that does.
We hardly saw other people throughout the trek.
Puerto Varas was such a clean and welcoming place and I’d love to retire there one day. It’s the sort of place you could see yourself living.
The architecture of the town is heavily influenced by German settlers. The place is charming by day and by night and young Chileans are said to be flocking to PV for the high quality of life; which in turn has helped to give it a cool feel.
Here is some random museum by a local artist – Museo Pablo Fierro:
We were gutted we only had the two nights but we had a flight to catch to Punta Arenas in south Patagonia for the Torres del Paine National Park!