1. Puerto Varas to Petrohue

I woke at 7am and my host was preparing my preordered breakfast. After packing and abluting I walked the ten minutes down to the tourist office where our first bus was waiting. With relief I discovered it was a large coach with all the “facilities”.

There was an early morning haze, already starting to clear, as we headed off along the coast road, around Lago Llanquihue, in the direction of the Orsono Volcano.

Our first stop was at Saltos de Petrohue, (the waterfalls of the Rio Petrohue).

imageHere one had to pay an entrance fee, walk passed vendors etc and my heart sank. We are only an our into the journey and this is not what I had expected. However loos were available and it was an easy way for the group to ease into a long day. I needn’t have had any concerns about artesan vendors as it was the last we came across. Judith the bi-lingual guide was excellent and diligently went through here spiel in Spanish and then again in English for the three of us out of a coachload.

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The low sun now devoid of haze provided great photo ops for the evercloser Orsorno. and then after almost 1.5 hours we reached our first catamaran.

Across the Andes to Bariloche

When I planned my itinerary the CruceAndino was one of the things top of my list. But there was a problem, a single journey either has to start in Chile, and once there I would have to somehow return to Argentina. To fly to BA from Puerto Montt one has to fly via Santiago and there are very flew flights from Puerto Montt into other Argentine cities.  My solution was the irregular, and as it turned out, twin otter flight from Ushuaia to Puerto Montt and then re-enter Argentina at a crossing point, by road high in the Andes.

CruceAndino provides a bus, boat, bus, boat, bus, boat, bus service tha sets off from Purto Varas at 8.30am and supposedly arrives at Bariloche 12 hours later but in my case almost not until 10pm.

I was lucky. During the day I did not see a single cloud and the organisation of getting one on and off of vehicles, taking care of luggage through until the final destination and stopping en route on single track dirt roads for all for to take pictures

Because of the length of time, the change in scenery and the amount of imagery captured I will dedicate one blog per sector.