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Day 44 We gonna take another organizized tour? You bet!

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First day of the new year, we are up at 7:30 to be ready for the 8:45 collection time of our second day in a row organized tour. A slight hangover hovers over the clouds at this point, just like a hungover vulture who later ends up landing on our hotel ledge for a rest.
Coffee in hand, we wait for the bus, which does not show up for a about 30 minutes. We call the tour company and hear that due to hard core festivities that took place the night before, we will be collected about two hours later! Thanks for telling us ahead of time! If we knew, we would have partied for an extra hour.
The bus finally shows up, and we head to Puerto Varas, a small town acting like the Puerto Montt suburb, but with distinct Alpine charm of bourgeoisie.

To our delight, the delightful couple we met the day before, Gloria and Jose, are on the tour with us, again. Puerto Varas has got a strong German influence, it shows with the distinct German architecture that goes as far as painting the roof of the "Zerman School" roof with the colors of its flag. At least somebody is organized.
We drive thru parks and forests to the Saltos de Petrohue, a small but feverish waterfall that one man's life rafting a couple of years back. IMG_7813.jpg IMG_7810.jpg Strong wind and heavy rain force us to take shelter under the souvenir shop. Then off to lake Petrohue with a small beach and a cafeteria. At least the sun is partially out for our jackets to dry a bit. Then off to the Volcano Osorno nearby.
With our new year's luck, the volcano is covered with clouds, no sight of a tip anywhere, no chairlift working either.

Since there is nothing else to do, we are led to the restaurant that looks like a castle. IMG_7833.jpg IMG_8642.jpg We order a parilla barbecue dish for four us to share, with some newly brewed local beers, and start watching the snow come down hard.
Disappointed for two days in a row for not being able to experience the highlights of sights both days, we eat the hearty meal and get back in the van to head back to Puerto Montt (The beer was very young though, it needs to be stored for a while to taste better).
As a principle, we rarely book organized tours as they limit the freedom of moving around, well freely, once at a sight; this time we somehow fell for the quick way out to cover much.
In any case, despite missing the highlights of the both tours by far and being very disappointed with the tour operator for handling the situations, both days, we are glad we ended up spending the last and the first day of both years with Gloria and Jose. IMG_8641.jpg They really made the tours bearable for us. Big thank you goes out to Gloria and Jose in Miami.

Posted by ayca ozer 16:19 Archived in Chile Tagged volcano vulture osorno punto vargas

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