2017ChileLandscapesSouth America

The Chilean Lake District with its volcanoes

From the Chilean Andes with their cold rain forests we drive to the sea to the lively port city of Valdivia – suddenly we are back among people, have traffic lights and have to find a central, but suitable parking space for Shujaa’s dimensions. We are lightly stressed and we all feel weird and strange – that’s how fast you can decelerate and get used to nature. At the harbor we buy fresh fish and delicious cevice, the time of meat is finished for the time being. The fishmonger has a regular customer sitting behind him: a sea lion weighing about 3 tons, grateful for every fish that regularly flies in his direction. Pelicans also parasitize accordingly.

After the quite challenging procurement of a Chilean mobile / internet card, we head to Lago Llanguihue, the third largest lake in South America and find our overnight location on a beautiful beach with a direct view of the volcano Osorno near the village of Puerto Oktay – one of German immigrants founded about 150 years ago this beautiful place. Here there is a hotel “Haase”, “cake”, a “German bakery” etc. The landscape is magical, very green, with meadows, cows, rolling hills and beautiful forests – everything looks like in the Allgäu, so no wonder that many German immigrants have settled here.

We drive to the Osorno volcano and experience all vegetation levels within 20 minutes of driving to ski station located at 1,200 vertical-meters: cold rain forest, shrub savanna and then volcanic stone fields with snow – fascinating. In the oldest national park in Chile, Vincente Perez Rosales, we experience again beautiful waterfalls. In the evening we continue to Puerto Varas, Karin’s optimization gene to look for a great restaurant pays off – we eat fantastic fish …. And Shujaa is only 10 meters away in a parking bay, so close and easy we have never fallen into bed after a visit to the restaurant with excellent wine consumption.

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