"Bubbling Over" with Excitement at the Volcano!
Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
13Trip End Mar 24, 2013
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This morning, we all slept in and had breakfast around 9. Our guide, Antonio, picked us up at 10am and we began our journey around Lake Llanquihue. (pronounced yankee-way) This is South America's third largest natural lake. We ended up driving about 230 miles around the banks of the lake.
We traveled through many different villages and small towns, but one of the most memorable was Frutillar. This village is known for its strawberries which are "frutillas" in Spanish. It was also settled by Germans in 1856 and we were told to try a fruit tart named “kuchen.” However, there was no kuchen to be found in Frutillar! Mom and I did not let that deter us, so we tried two different cakes instead. They were both VERY good! There is a famous, annual music festival in Frutillar during one week in Chile’s summer, January/February
The next stop was Puerto Octay, where we were able to see the large Volcan Osorno – a huge, active volcano! All the beaches adjacent to the lake have black volcanic sand due to Osorno, which last erupted in 1869.
Then, we were taken to an empty restaurant for lunch. We all ate soup, hake, and rice. It was very good!
After eating, we backtracked and began our ascent to the ski lodge on Volcan Osorno. Antonio said that the volcano was about 8,700 feet high. We stopped at several viewing points along the road. Once we reached the top, we could see the dramatic views of the South Pacific ocean, Lake Llanquihue, and the Andes. Also, at one of the viewpoints, there were many humming birds around many fuchsia bushes. It was very cold and windy at the top of the volcano, but we really enjoyed the bird’s eye view.
We then drove back to our hotel in Puerto Varas and took a LONG nap! After a walk around town, we decided that we were not hungry, so we had a drink in the lobby and headed back to our room for the night. Since we’re in the Lake District, tomorrow we will be exploring another lake and volcano!
Congratulations to the 1st South American pope! It’s so cool that we’re in South America at this time!
Thank you for reading and good night!