We left Laguna de Trupán, and turned onto the main road to Laguna del Lajas National Park – we were back on the pavement
Volcán ntuco is a mixed stratovolcano (formed by layers interspersed with lava and pyroclastics), basically basaltic and andesitic-basaltic composition, whose activity began approximately 130 thousand years ago. The last eruption was in 1911 (Source: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volc%C3%A1n_Antuco). Getting very close to volcán Antuco the landscape changes into an amazing volcanic landscape.
After our 26,5 km hike in Reserva Nacional Altos de Lircay we decided to hike two smaller trails. The first trail lead us through the lava fields to the forest that survived the last eruption.
A beautiful trail lead through the forest
The trail lead to a waterfall that was flowing out from the openings in the lave fields creating several waterfalls in one
The water was crystal clear and we could fill up our camel bags. The water as really cold and tasted amazing. When the water is not clean enough or if we don’t know the water quality, we always use our MSR water purifier. With the purifier we can make about 15 liters of water in 15-20 minutes ready to drink. In Mexico and Central America the MSR purifier is a life saver. It is one of the best things, that we have bought for this trip.
We decided to follow the gravel road to Laguna del Lajas to camp overnight
In a steady pace Lance took us all the way to the Laguna del Lajas without any problem. Even Esben’s moose felt safe, and was really enjoying the view of the crystal blue water in the lake.
We found a great place to camp for the night in this breath taking landscape
It was cold and a little bit windy, but it does matter when we have Lance. In shelter of the wind we watched the sunset
The next day we left Laguna del Lajas to go to Los Angeles de Chile, because we had an invitation waiting for us.
With the waiting invitation we decided to spend two nights at a campground just north of Los Angeles de Chile, so we had a change to exercise (used our TRX on the playground at the campground) and take a shower – its been a few days since our last shower, which was in Laguna de Trupán, where we took a dip in the lake.
Our campsite – Esben hanging out with the local bear
Charging our fly swapper, which is the only thing that we can not charge in the van – VERY IMPORTANT. The Campground was pretty much empty except from two other “overlanders” (other travelers), because it is in the beginning of the camping season here in Chile. From mid December and during Christmas the campgrounds are packed, which happens again during the summer vacation from mid January to the end of February. Price 8000 (13 USD or 80 DDK) pesos per night (low season) for two persons and Lance.
Making our own “parilla” with the Danish twisted bread (In Danish “Snobrød”)
On of the other overlanders told us, that we should visit the nearby waterfall “Salto del Laja” just 30 minutes of walking from the campground. We didn’t feel like seeing another waterfall, but would love t go for a walk, so why not walk to the waterfall? Great reason to go for a walk, and we are so grateful that we went. We had already seen a lot of waterfall, mostly tall and narrow ones, but this was wide and with a lot of water. We loved this waterfall
The mist from the waterfall was heavy, and we got pretty wet, but we could stand underneath a rainbow created in the mist from the waterfall
The path to the waterfall was packed with small souvenir shop. We stopped and bought dried horse meat, because I have been longing after beef jerky. Dried horse meat was a first, and hopefully it will be a last too!
But what happened with the invitation? We got the invitation in California. Just after leaving Mike Gaynors place in Oakhurst, California we had pulled over to check me motorcycle, and this man, Pablo stopped and asked if we needed any help. We were not in the need of help, instead we told him that we had just started the adventure of our lives all the way to the southern tip of South America. He told us, that he had family and a family ranch in Chile, that we had to visit. So after leaving Santiago de Chile we texted Pablo, that we were in Chile not on the motorcycles, but in our new van “Lance”. One thing lead to another and on the 1st of December we met Dan (Pablo’s brother) at his office in Los Angeles de Chile.
Dan doesn’t work with toys, but in the forest industry