Puerto Varas: Clean & Natural

Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Flag of Chile  , Los Lagos,
Friday, January 14, 2011

Puerto Varas is a working town that has not sold it's soul to the tourist devil... yet.  Unlike Pucon, which can look a bit like a buskers market, selling every kind of outdoor recreation possibility.  We loved Pucon, but after being out traveling for a bit, we welcomed the slower pace of P.V. 
We only stayed a few days... as we had decided to stop off and stay a few days before finishing our journey back home to Santiago. Some highlights for us were heading up onto Osorno Volcano to enjoy in the views, volcanic flows, wild flowers and a few hikes... 

Taking in an excellent high ropes course with a hair raising exit that basically existed of clipping into a rope and swinging like Tarzan while our guide slowly lowered us to the ground... 

Swimming in the VERY cold and massive Llanquihue Lake, one of South America's largest, and I think the coldest... 

Munching on Kuchen (German Cake), a local favorite brought from the early German settlers to the area... the town actually looks like a small European town that could be found in Germany or within the Alps... 

Getting a few close-up views of the local zorros (fox) that came begging for some Kuchen we bought within the park... 

Tromping around a series of waterfalls, while laughing at the boys frantic swats and swings at the largest horseflies we have ever seen... being so large made it pretty easy to smack them to the ground, which resulting in a quick stomp and a pop as their plump bodies exploded into goo...

Hanging out in our little cabin by the lake... 

Finding a Kundalini chef at a local sandwich shop who cooked up some amazing Indian food...

Breathing in the clean and natural air before our long drive back to Santiago.  

The area around Purto Varas is vast and wild... very wild... and we decided that we would like to return in the future and head deeper into the mountain forests to enjoy more of this stunning area.  
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