Heading south we left El Cañi Sanctuary and drove back to Pucón and Villarrica. We spend one night in Villarrica and visited the local gym the next morning. Going to the gym is important for us, so we can stay in shape, and at the same time it is a great place to take a long and hot shower after a workout. For us it is kind of a 2 in 1, first getting to exercise and than taking a warm shower. Instead of going south on highway 5 (the Pan-American highway), we took a smaller paved and unpaved roads (you never know!) south to Coñaripe. Stopping for lunch where we had Rye-bread with cheese, it was almost like a lunch in Denmark. Rye-bread with cheese is a classic in Denmark. We had bought the Rye-bread at a German bakery in Pucón. The best Rye-bread we have had, since we left Denmark.
From Coñaripe to Panguipulli and almost all the way west to Los Lagos heading southeast to Futrono. Making our way long all the beautiful lakes in the Seven Lake District in Chile. Taking the road east of Lago Ranco. You can see our route under “Destination” – “Our route so far”.
The view out of Lance while driving “Lago Ranco”
We stopped to check out a wild camp (free camping) on www.ioverlander.com and decided to stay for the night at eastern shore of lake Ranco
Esben is slowly getting more energy, and we enjoyed the sunset over the lake
The dinner cooking attracted two dogs, one with only tree legs (the dog to the left in the left picture). We have seen a few dog with just tree legs, they seem to be doing well, but they are a little bit slower when running. Not feeding them any of our food, but a few dog treats instead.
The next morning we continued on the smaller road south to Entre Lagos, and from there to the Puyehue National Park. The small restaurant/reception in Puyehue National Park had Wi-Fi, and after checking our email, Facebook etc. it looked like we were going to Bariloche in Argentina for Christmas (it is the 17th of December 2017). We decided to camp at the campground, that belonged to the restaurant/reception. Our plan was to make hotdogs for dinner. I made the dough and Esben got the fire going. It was so cold, that I had to place the dough next to the fire to get it to rise.
My father has been making hotdogs for the last 7 years, and I know that he could have done it better! I had a really had time not burning the sausages, because of the high fat content, that as dripping of into the fire creating flames. Just saying that “Dad, you would have done a better job than me” .
This as the final result: a twisted bread surrounding a sausage with mustard, ketchup and Esben’s homemade remoulade (a pickled mayonnaise with spices) on top. For dessert we had a grilled banana with chocolate spread (we mixed cacao powder with milk).
The next day we walk some of the trails, one taking us to two waterfalls
A waterfall is just more impressive when the flow of water is huge
We had read about floating stones here, but stones can’t float or can they? Here you can see it with your own eyes
Another trail taking us to a nice viewpoint
I had made some research on a hiking trail called “Puyehue Traverse”, but unfortunately we couldn’t find any more information about this 3-4 days hike anywhere. Instead we drove towards the volcano Casablanca, where a trail should leave to a crater lookout with views of the mountain range. See you on Casablanca in the next post.