The second day of our trip we took a tour to see Mt. Osorno and Petrohue Rapids. We headed out with a guide and two couples -one from Chile and one from Germany. The weather started off cloudy but it turned into a beautiful day.
We first stopped at the entrance of the national park which cost us 1.500 pesos ($3) each and then walked back to the Petrohue Rapids. The water was beautiful and green. I don’t think I have seen water that color before. The rapids were powerful and it reminded me of my parents going with me and the boys rafting in August with the boys.
Next, we went to a large lake and took a quick boat ride around it. We were at the base of the volcano. When we got off the boat there were some locals selling drinks and treats which we tried. Yum!
After the boat ride we hopped on the bus and headed up to the mountain for lunch. We were at the highest point we could go, and they dropped us off at this unfinished building for lunch. We were very hungry, and the food was pricey. I was disappointed because I felt like we had to pay a lot for food or be hungry. We decided on a salad and a pizza. While we were waiting we started talking to the waitress. She and her husband were traveling the world. They were volunteering at this restaurant in exchange for food and lodging. They had worked and saved their money for 4 years and now they just travel. She is Brazilian and he was from Holland, and they had been living in Amsterdam before they left for their adventure. She said there is a website they use that posts these types of volunteer positions. She said you contact the business and let them know when and how long you can work. They were going to be in southern Chile for a month then heading to Peru. There was a young German girl doing the same thing. Anyway, they were very interesting and the food turned out to be delicious!
During lunch the clouds kept coming up and covering the windows of the restaurant we were looking out of. Our group decided to wait for a while to see if the clouds would clear. There was a ski lift chair that you could ride up even higher and the other couples wanted to do that. We waited about 30 minutes and they cleared. It was beautiful. Timothy and I hung out at the waiting area which had a coffee shop and some short trails. We met people from Massachussetts, Florida, and Germany during our wait.
The day was a long one but it was well worth it for the view!