Seven Lakes Road

Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2012

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Flag of Chile  , Lake District,
Sunday, May 13, 2012

I was quite sad to leave Pucon the next morning. It was a beautiful little town, and I would have happily spent longer there if I'd had the time. But it was time to hit the road again. But not just any road; the Seven Lakes Road. This road goes past seven lakes of the Lake District. It was a beautiful drive. Unfortunately the weather was pretty grey and cloudy, so we couldn't see any of the mountains and volcanoes. It was lovely to see the lakes however. We firstly stopped at the sight where the lahar from the Villarica volcano flowed when it erupted in 1964. The lahar destroyed the town of Conaripe, which was then rebuilt next to the old site. That was a big eruption, and sadly 200 people lost their lives. 

After that we drove past all the beautiful lakes, stopping to admire them and take pictures along the way. Then we arrived at a local food market for lunch. Tons of delicious Chilean food, like meat skewers, pastel de choclo, empanadas, cakes, everything you could want! After we had all stuffed our faces, we arrived in Valdivia, our stop for the night. Valdivia is a german town, created after lots of Germans were encouraged to come and settle in the south of Chile. The town was only German speaking until recently. Valdivia is also famous for its beer, and has a number of breweries located there. In 1961 one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded happened near Valdivia. It was a gigantic 9.2 on the richter scale, which is insane! Valdivia sunk by 5 metres, and the city was destroyed, and was rebuilt once more. After unpacking our stuff, we went to see Valdivia's main attraction; giant sea lions. Seriously, they were huge. They live in the river, and because they've had no predators for years, they've grown massive! They were actually pretty scary, I was worried they were going to attack us! But after staring at them for a while, we went to our hostel to warm up and then went out for some dinner. Another day done!
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