Lake view from the Mapuche mountain, on the way to Panguipulli
Went for a quick walk this morning around the town of Pucon
, before heading off on the Pachamama bus to Valdivia
for our next night´s stop. The drive through the hills was lovely, even had a bit of rain, which is a novelty for us! We drove over a hill which belongs to the local Mapuche community, and got a great view back over the valley we´d come from. We stopped by the lake in Panguipulli
for a few minutes - trout bag limit in summer, Melissa´s Dad would enjoy himself here. Also managed to find a couple of examples of the national flower in the wild, which was good. Apparently they are hard to see by the roadside, as many people stop and pick them. Saw a couple of commercial salmon farms along the way before arriving in Valdivia in mid-afternoon. We were going to have a look at the fish market, but by the time we´d walked there from the hotel it had all closed down. All that was left were the resident sea-lions begging for the leftovers. Had a late lunch/early dinner at a cafe overlooking the river - a huge fillet of salmon, very nice! Walked back to the hotel via the centre of town and got our dose of BBC World on cable - good to catch up with the international news, you get very little of it on the local TV here.