It was a nice break from the big city.
The photos can be seen in a larger format on my photo blog here: http://blog.markteiwes.com/
My trip started with a 10 hour $15 overnight bus ride from Santiago to Pucón.
While traveling solo, I met some people at my hostel for some day trips.
|Playa Blanca, in Caburga.|
|Sean leaps off the the Ojos del Caburgua waterfalls.|
|I saw some Araucaria or Monkey Puzzle trees for the first time in a private reserve called Santuario Cañi.|
Land of the Volcanoes through the Villarica TraverseI hoped to do some hiking and luckily I met a group going for a 3 day trek in the Villarrica National Park.
The volcanic landscapes with craters and lava fields were spectacular.
Puerto Varas and more volcanoes
|I sat on the shores of Puerto Varas watching the dusk fall on the Osorno Volcano across Llanquihue Lake.|
|Jet-boat tour for a closer look at the Saltos del Petrohue.|
|The water really was turquoise.|
|I sat for a few hours and read by a lake called Todos Los Santos.|
The Island of ChiloeAfter a few hours bus/ferry ride from Puerto Montt I arrived in the town of Castro and checked into a hostel. Normally there are penguin colonies nesting, but they are out to sea for the winter, so I hopped on a local bus/ferry to another island east called Quellón. The next day I explored the beach and rain forest in Chiloé National Park.
|Massive shell fish smothered in cheese.|
|Salmon with local purple potatoes.|