We Lake It Like That

After a night in Puerto Varas, a beautiful tourist town on Lake LLanquihue, we set out yesterday morning for the famous lake crossing through the Andes Mountains. Bus, boat, bus, boat, bus, boat...you get the idea. It took 13 hours to get from Puerto Varas, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina, but that included stops for a gourmet lunch in the middle of the Andes (like ya do) and photo ops along the way.  It was the first day of Spring here and the snow was still fresh on the top of the mountains.  I bought an inexpensive pair of gloves and a hat at the craft market in Puerto Varas, we layered up with our adventure wear and forged ahead like the German pioneers who came before us.  You learn something new every day.  Without the Germans and the Swiss, this part of the world would probably still be undeveloped.

Scenic Puerto Varas

Scenic Puerto Varas

Saltos del Petrohue was one of the first stops.  This river runs through a large mass of crystalized lava that comes from the nearby Osorno volcano (p.s. there are more than 1200 volcanos in Chile)  Hopefully you can see the color of this water - it's an emerald green.

Saltos del Petrohue was one of the first stops.  This river runs through a large mass of crystalized lava that comes from the nearby Osorno volcano (p.s. there are more than 1200 volcanos in Chile)  Hopefully you can see the color of this water - it's an emerald green.

Once the lake crossings began, one view was more beautiful than the next.

Once the lake crossings began, one view was more beautiful than the next.

We stopped for lunch at Puella.  It's a hotel (and the ONLY thing around except for the customs house) in the middle of this route over The Andes.  The producer in me couldn't get past thinking through the logistics of what it must take to run this place.

We stopped for lunch at Puella.  It's a hotel (and the ONLY thing around except for the customs house) in the middle of this route over The Andes.  The producer in me couldn't get past thinking through the logistics of what it must take to run this place.

Como se llama?  We met this cute guy (or girl) along the way. 

Como se llama?  We met this cute guy (or girl) along the way. 

Welcome to Argentina!  

Welcome to Argentina!