Travel Blogs from Puerto Varas
Another bus journey awaits as we travel to the southern Lakelands and the town of Puerto Varas, but fortunately this bus journey is shorter at just over four hours long. We've been told the town is similar to Pucon, but as we walk the mile or so from the bus station to our hotel, we realise it’s not – it’s much, much bigger, …
... magnificent theatre resting on the lake, and aptly named Teatro del Lago (the Theatre on the Lake).
Strolling around Frutillar and Puerto Varas and befriending all the wandering dogs in the area kept us reasonably entertained and distracted from the cold.
From Puerto Varas we hopped on an 8 hour bus east across the border into Argentina and onwards to the town of Bariloche. More rain. I realise this story must ...
... volcanic ash and stunted forests near a volcano and along a beautiful, very popular lake. It was like night and day, really. Or maybe that would be overstating it. Let's say, more like night and daytime in a fairly dark closet full of argyle sweaters and souvenir snow globes.
Other than that we spent a few minutes at the beach, swam briefly, oh so briefly, watched some football/soccer at yet another Irish Pub, and overall just became part of the ...
... and we're given more maps and advice and set off. We failed at the first hurdle unable to find the trail we were meant to be on but as the large snow capped volcano looming above was as pretty big clue we headed in the general direction. After half an hour we hadn't found the trail and were finding the going tough as the ground was covered in deep volcanic ash and like walking along a beach. As far as we could see the ground was like this so we decided that another ...
... and and we floated through some scenic canyons and rock formations, with few signs of civilization. At the take out point, we had a lunch of empanadas, fruit, fry bread, marmalade, and small chard quiches along the river.
We then headed to the estancia of a family for a day on the "steppe", the high, flat plain in the Andes to experience the life of a gaucho. We went horseback riding and had a large dinner with ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking