Puerto Montt proudly displays its German heritage, with homes covered by pitched roofs, ornate balconies and weathered shingles. The natural wonders and fairy-book towns here never fail to
enchant. One of the main features of this area is the Orsono
Volcano. The cruise ship anchored and used
launches to transport passengers ashore.
On the Way to Petrohue River. Chile’s magnificent Lake District is an endless blanket of lush, alpine valleys hemmed by low hills and snow-covered volcanoes.
It was created by glaciers that once covered the area, leaving behind this pastoral land.
We drove through the beautiful, lush countryside, past oxen and tractor-plowed
fields. We saw weathered barns and churches along the way as we skirt Lake
Llanquihue. We met two Jack Russell Terriers at a rest stop.
Petrohue Falls. Upon entering the National Park, the bus traveled along
weathered, unpaved roads paralleling the Petrohue River. A short walk over catwalks brings
us to Petrohue Falls, where, against a backdrop of snow-covered peaks, the azure waters
of the Petrohue River tumble down a set of rapids.
Llanquihue. The peak of the volcanic Mt. Osorno is framed in much
better setting from here. Charlie and I ran down to the shore and felt the
coolness of the early fall water.
City of roses. From the main square of Puerto Varas
we have views of the volcanic reflected in the waters of Lake Llanquihue.
The “city of roses” has indeed roses everywhere.
Lunch break. After collecting the shoppers
back to our group, we had a great lunch at a pleasant restaurant. The
lunch includes Chile’s national drink, the Pisco Sour (tasted like Margarita), empadanitas (cheese turnovers), soup, salmon,
and of course Chilean wine. Charlie and I each bought two bottles of a
superb Cabernet from a supermarket for only $5 a bottle!
Frutillar. A German settlement that is postcard-perfect.
Timbered buildings with gabled roofs give this village
the feel of Germany’s Black Forest. The German Settlers Museum chronicles the history of the region’s early
German immigrants. The museum features a model of a German family homestead complete with house with period
furnishings, photographs and memorabilia. A blacksmith’s shop, gardens and other buildings can be found near the
entrance of the museum.
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