ultramarinus – beyond the sea


In the morning, we went to Cafe El Barrista near the lakefront for breakfast and a cup of “real coffee” (i.e. non-instant coffee).  After breakfast, we hopped on a minibus for Petrohue, the entrance of Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales.  We planned to do a day hike at the park as a warm-up session prior to our upcoming W-trek at Torres del Paine in Patagonia.  Inaugurated in 1926, Vicente Perez Rosales is the oldest national park in Argentina.  Other than the mighty Volcan Osorno, the park also provides magnificent views of Lago Todos Los Santos, and other distant volcanoes and snow-capped peaks along the Chilean-Argentine border.  Many came to Petrohue to cross the Lago Todos Los Santos by ferry and cross the border to enter the Argentine Lake District.
It was a fine day for hiking.  After we registered at the CONAF (Corporacion Nacional Forestal) office, we set out onto the trail of Sendero Paso Desolacion, knowing that we wouldn’t have enough time to finish the entire trail before the last bus back to Puerto Varas.  We decided to do the first segment of the trail, and then detour to the lakefront of Lago Todos Los Santos, and find our way back to the trailhead along the beaches.  Flanked by yellow wild flowers, the trail was a pleasant route offering great Alpine scenery.  Volcan Osorno was visible from almost everywhere.  We walked on volcanic stones, sandy paths, dried streambeds, and lakefront beaches.  After the hike, we returned to the park entrance for our return bus.  A staff of a tour boat company was having ice-cream at the entrance.  He exchanged a few words with us, and convinced a park personnel who was about to leave the parking lot to give us a free ride back to Puerto Varas.  A perfect day hike ended with a 1.5-hour free ride back home.  We couldn’t ask for more.

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Read more on Chiloe and Puerto Varas  in 2013 South America
Day 55.1 – Water Finally, Chiloe
Day 55.2 – Chacao Channel, Chiloe
Day 55.3 – Tide, Castro, Chiloe
Day 55.4 – Iglesia San Francisco, Castro, Chiloe
Day 56.1 – Palfitos, Castro, Chiloe
Day 56.2 – Wooden Tequilas Houses, Chiloe
Day 56.3 – Achao, Isla Quinchao
Day 57.1 – Parque Nacional Chiloe
Day 57.2 – Chanquin and Playa Cucao, Chiloe
Day 58.1 – Isla Aucar, Colo, Tenaun San Juan, Chiloe
Day 58.2 – Boat Building, San Juan, Chiloe
Day 58.3 – Seafood, Chiloe
Day 59.1 – Palafito 1326, Castro, Chiloe
Day 59.2 – Chacao Channel Again, Chiloe
Day 59.3 – City, Lago Llanquihue & Volcan Osorno, Puerto Varas
Day 60 – Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales, Petrohue
Day 61.1 – Latitude 51-41’28”, Puerto Natales
Day 61.2 – Afrigonia, Puerto Natales

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought

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