We celebrated what we thought would be our last night in Argentina (we’ll come back to this) with one last night at the Green House Hostel. Santiago agreed to cook us a traditional parilla—Argentinian barbeque—if we supplied the groceries. It was hard to beat our dinner at Francis Mallmann’s restaurant, but this came close. We were confused when he cooked everything without spices directly over hot coals, but we figured out that this plus his magic touch and a whole lot of maté made for absolutely delicious meat.
The next morning we hopped on a bus to cross back into Chile heading towards the town of Puerto Varas. Puerto Varas is located in the Lakes and Volcanoes District of Chile on Lake Llanquihue. The German colonization left its mark in the architecture of the town, which overlooks the silhouette of the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, whose summits are always covered by snow and oftentimes clouds. The views in pictures are absolutely incredible, but we were confused when we arrived because the volcano was entirely covered by clouds. Were we in the right place? It turns out we were, we just needed a sunny day to realize it.
For our full day in Puerto Varas, we took a local bus along the lake to the Petrohué national park, home to two volcanoes and a waterfall, Los Saltos del Petrohué. Once again, we arrived a little bit confused and unsure of what we should actually be doing there. Luckily we stumbled across a longhaired man named Manú who became our guide, funny friend and source of entertainment for the day. Following the death of his phone, we became his personal photographers as well. Evidence of the photo shoot to follow. With Manú’s help, we were able to get on a boat ride to view the entire volcano from the lake, which was glorious. He also led us through a series of winding trails through the national park. Manú really saved the day for us and we love him for that. Manú: If you’re reading this, hi we miss you, you rock, don’t change, keep posing.
Let the photo shoot begin: