Kade kneels next to a stream formed by the San Francisco Glacier, about two hours outside Santiago, Chile.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lakes District Tour

We did a tour with Patagonia Trails.  I would definitely recommend them.

Highlights:  Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, Petrohue River Falls, Lake Todos Los Santos and
Osorno Volcano Ski Resort

Over several weeks of planning our trip to Chile, travel blogs, tour company websites and Google Image teased me unmercifully with stunning images of Petrohue Falls backdropped by Orsono Volcano - just like the one above.  I was imagining all the wonderful seflies, Facebook photos and travel blog content that a visit to Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, where we could see this tandem, would produce.  So we penciled in Puerto Varas on the itinerary, and off we went.  But, as is the case with much in life, nature has its own plan of action, and is not very likely to run it by you ahead of time.   The six days we were in the Lakes District (Northern Patagonia), staying in Puerto Varas, Chiloe and Puerto Montt, the clouds conspired to keep us from ever truly seeing one entire volcano, despite the fact on clear days you supposedly can see four or five!  Orsono, which would be the most easily visible from Puerto Varas on a clear day, was completely blanketed by clouds!  And then there was the rain - mostly a steady drizzle - and the cooler-than-expected temps (at least what we had expected) that turned this leg of our journey into at least one day of shopping for adequate clothing.  So what do travelers do under the circumstances, and in spite of the circumstances?!?! They just keep going!  It's either that or remain in the hotel. And what I have discovered is that adapting to the situation as best you can, while maintaining a positive mindset, perhaps might just bring other riches and fun into your life.  We certainly tried making the best of our situation!

After we got back to town, we walked a bit around "the city of roses."  Once home, I decided to try the craft beer our Airbnb host stocked in the fridge for us.

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