Volcanoes, Falls and wonderful weather

Trip Start Dec 07, 2007
Trip End Dec 25, 2007

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

What a lovely day.  The skies have cleared, we are getting off the boat and heading to Petrohue Falls, Lake Esmeralda and one of the stops for last season's episode of The Amazing Race.  As we travel through Puerto Varas, we are told of the economic growth of the area, the increase in tourism and the wonderful scenery of the area.  We near volcano Osorno and head into the park, past Petrohue Falls and on to Petrohue Lodge on the shores of Lake Esmeralda. 

Here we board some tour boats for an hour-long cruise on the lake, looking at the rising hills and mountains ringing the lake, with the Andes rising high in the background.  The Osorno volcano presents the most commanding view and is impressive in its symmetry.  Our guide tells us that we are experiencing a rare view of the volcanoe, as the skies are cloudy most days of the year, obscuring the view of the mountaintops and volcanoes.

On our way back, we stop in Puerto Varas for a little shopping and urban experience.  A nice little place that would rival Lake Louise or Banff in the Canadian Rockies.

Back on the boat, we prepare for our final leg of the voyage.
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