Nov 07, 2008
Mar 03, 2009
I left Pucon not knowing exactly which country I would be in that afternoon which was quite exciting. I had finally decided I would make the effort to go right the way down south to Patagonia and there were a number of ways I could do this so my fate would be decided in Osorno bus station. I decided to go for a more direct bus down south so kept to Chile for the time being and, having booked my ticket for a couple of days ahead to Punta Arenas, I went to the pleasant lakeside town of Puerto Varas. It was a nice enough place without being particularly spectacular. It also had a strange German influence with some odd looking buildings and strudel in every shop! I had not had more than 5 hours sleep in about 4 nights so I was exhausted and fell asleep for my first afternoon in town. That left me with only one day to spend in the area before my monster of a bus ride. I decided to head towards the Argentine border where I had heard tell of one of the most beautiful lakes in Chile. An hour down the road and I found Lago Todo los Santos which was definitely the nicest so far. Surrounded by hills and forests on all sides and a wonderful emerald green, it was very secluded and had a great view of the nearby volcan Osorno. I wandered down the river there a while to see the rapids and it was a nice little day trip. Bit of a filler destination while I was waiting for the real adventure down south.