puerto varas, chile
the 'aspen' of chile
Puerto Varas, Chile is a well-known hub of tourism. After two weeks of seeing hardly any international travelers we landed in Puerto Varas to conversations in English, German, French, and Russian. It is a very rich town, and caters to both dirtbags and high-enders. There is less outdoor potential here than we'd expected, but were able to get a good paddle in at Lago Todos los Santos.
Travel Tip: Take a day trip to Lago Todos los Santos. It is the crown jewel of our time in Puerto Varas. I'd suggest spending as little time as possible here if you're hoping to get rugged ... the city's not set up for this lifestyle.
Tyler stretching by La Puntilla. We are both satisfied with where we are and the change in direction of our trip. The sun is out too, which is rare and rewarding. Reese Wells.
Hands raised, heart to the sky, La Puntilla is an incredible monument of Puerto Varas. Reese Wells.
Puerto Varas as the sun begins its dip behind the small, bustling tourist destination. Reese Wells.
A rare clear day over Lago Llanquihue gives a perfect view of Volcan Osorno. Tyler is intrigued. Reese Wells.
Tyler looking over Lago Llanquihue, one large lake just off the Puerto Varas coast. Reese Wells.
Tyler getting ready to take the Explorer 42 out for a day paddle, the shades of yellow looking awesome in the afternoon sun. Reese Wells.
A day paddle out at Lago Todos los Santos was a satisfying and visually stimulating experience. The califate bushes (the yellow flowers) were in full bloom. Reese Wells.
I think the title says it all, but this action shot summed up our stoke on Lago Todos los Santos. Reese Wells.
Shot of Volcan Osorno's shrouded backside, taken while spinning idly around in our Alpacka Explorer 42 in the middle of Lago Todos los Santos. Reese Wells.
Tyler looking for deep answers to questions on humanity, mortality, and the unconscious soul. Still looking like a bunch of jellybeans. Reese Wells.
Floating around in Lago Todos los Santos, we talked about the color blue and how many shades of it there are here. Reese Wells.
'There has been an awakening, have you felt it?' Reese Wells.
Tyler double-fisting paddles and lamping like a fool, getting hype on this paddle. Reese Wells.
Steely blue in the afternoon sun of Lago Todos los Santos, this shot from the middle of the lake in our packraft. Reese Wells.
A panorama of Lago Todos los Santos, Tyler looking for a good place to blow up the packraft. There's a stiff wind blowing here, I think I like the contrast from shore to lake most. Reese Wells.
Heavy cloud cover over Puerto Varas makes for a dark morning over Lago Llanquihue. Check out the fishermen in the middle-left grid - they are there all day long, every day. Reese Wells.
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