Time to say cheerio to Chile. A country with a troubled past (which hasn’t!) but which seems to be at peace with itself. Except, as a Chilean we bumped into said..” we have the American Problem”. Which seems to mean the big gap between the well off and the not well off. This was clearly seen in the Public Sector strikes we experienced.
But let’s dwell on the pure beauty of the country in this blog.
We left Puerto Varas early in the morning for a full day’s crossing of 3 lakes and the interlocking roads and the border controls. The transfer of passengers and luggage from bus to boat and again and again and over again was most impressive.
We boarded a bus with Osorno Volcano on our port side and it stayed with us for a major part of the journey.
The scenery was stunning at the start and was still stunning 12 hours later. The weather was just perfect so the snow shimmered on the mountain tops and the lakes were a reflecting mirror.
We stopped for a waterfall, view points, a good lunch and the border control. A slight difficulty was that the Argentinian Immigration Officer couldn’t find our Chilean stamps in our passports. It was there, so he eventually waved us through.
Two highlights for me.. a southern Caracara (a falcon) dive bombing another..I suspect it was a mating ritual..she didn’t look very impressed; the view of the Osorno with impressive waterfalls running over lava in the foreground.
It was a journey to remember.
We arrived in Bariloche late evening but early enough for dinner. Bariloche was having a Guildford makeover i.e. the setts (cobbles) were being relaid along the high street making it difficult to come to a view of the place. The main square had some interesting architecture if you like that kind of thing. The lake and mountain views were sublime.
The next day was the final one with our great travelling buddies… who we first met on the Reunification Express in Vietnam many years ago. They were going onto Buenos Aires and we were going north to San Juan. Afternoon tea at a kitsch Swiss tea shop and then dinner with a fine bottle of Chilean wine and food. Sorry to see you go guys..have fun.