Slow, relaxed start

Puerto Varas Travel Blog

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Note the demolished building behind...

First day in Puerto Varas had us continuing with our mild colds, so not much activity. Just a little bit of a look around “town”, a few cups of coffee and a bit of recon to find a new place to stay. We settled in on Casa Azul (Blue house, which, if you saw, is named for obvious reasons) which is a hostel mentioned in both the Lonely Planet and Footprint guidebooks – by the way, the Footprint book is the way to go, excellent. The place is cheap and cheerful and pretty much all that we need as a base. Also, they speak both German and English (in that order).

 

Puerto Varas is on the banks of lake Llanquihue (pronounced yan-kee-weh) and looks out towards Mt Osorno volcano. An awe inspiring breakfast table view for our first morning. There are apparently 2000 volcanoes in Chile of which 56 are active. We should be seeing one at Villarica in about a week.

Random German style church
Mmmm sulphur – no it was the dog.

 

On the subject of spelling, pancakes are panqueques here. Read “k” for the “qu”. Good humour.

 

There seems to be a bit of a Salvador Dali “thing” here. In both San Martin de los Andes and now Puerto Varas we have found Dali themed restaurants. Both very cools spots too. The one here is mostly a coffee shop with 3 restaurant tables and looks out over the bay.

 

In the afternoon we met with Gill’s brother (Gill is an E&Y UK partner who I work with) who is the British Consul in Puerto Montt. Wanted to pick his brains on a could of good activities to do while in the area and happily he obliged.

 

Got a new car too – polar bear – because you always have to park facing south if you must ask. I am sure we will be putting it through its paces soon… (insert evil laugh here).

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Random German style church
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Puerto Varas
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