Southern Lake District and beyond
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I still needed time to get over the Volcano climb, so we headed for the Southern part of the Lake district for more lakes and walking, much more my style! We stayed in Puerto Varas, not a very exciting place but it had a spectacular view of another volcano and was a good base for exploring. Our hostel wasn´t the greatest but the owner was friendly, he really liked to talk... in Spanish, mainly about fishing!
We took the bus from Puerto Varas to Petrohue and Los Saltos, waterways fed by the surrounding volcanoes. It was a beautiful spot, the water was so blue. We then started to walk to a lake nearby but ended up getting a lift from a friendly guy wh was going that way, I was glad that we did because it was the end of the road and it really wasn´t worth walking all that way for.
The drive took us along the beach and to a kind of peninsula, the driver was good at stopping to take photos and explain what we could see around us. He also told us about the Chiloe myths bit like Cornish pixie stories if you ask me! Its all about wizards and sea goddesses.
By coincidence I arrived at the bus station at the same time as a girl that was on my tour, so we went together to Castro further down the island. I even ended up taking the spare bed in the room that she had reserved but it worked out really well, there wasn´t a great deal to do in Castro. We saw the coloured houses on stilts over the water but they were a bit run down and then we visited the church which is described in guide book as being orange and lilac but that was a faded disappointment too! We were glad of each others company at dinner, the service in the only decent looking restaurant was terrible; one waiter, who laughed when I ordered a beer for some reason and then delivered food to the wrong table twice!! I´m glad we got in before a big group arrived because I don´t think we would have got our dinner otherwise, still it was entertaining.
The following day I went back to Puerto Montt, I really wanted to carry on south into Chilean Patagonia but under estimated the time and money needed to do it. Instead I got an overnight connection back to Santiago and here I am. Its a bit like the Cusco thing but instead of going round in circles, I´m going up and down in a straight line...obviously!