During my stay in Puerto Varas, I joined a tour one late afternoon for a tour of Volcan Osorno and its environs. It was a wonderful opportunity considering the perfect weather with no cloud in the sky to see the volcano clearly. I got picked up at the guest house and after picking other passengers, we drove along the eastern shore of Lago Llanquihue stopping once to take photos of Volcan Osorno in the distance. After going through Ensenada, we entered in Parque Nacionale Vicentre Perez Rosales where we ascended to the volcano's base. There was an opportunity to go up on the chair lift. Some of us including me went up and we got to three quarters of a way up to the summit where we were greeted with stunning and clear views of the snow capped volcano. Down below, we had stunning views of Volcan Calbucho and Lago Llanquihue. I was told it is rare seeing the volcano Osorno without the clouds and this year, there were a lot more cloudy and rainy days in the area than clear and sunny ones. I feel lucky being there on one of those rare perfect days after learning about the usual
weather. After descending from the ski resort, we stopped a couple of times to take photos of lookouts of Volcan Calbucho and down below. The views were so stunning. We continued driving along the lakeshore and stopped in a German Tea House where we had yummy hot chocolate before returning to Puerto Varas. On the trip, I learnt so much about the Volcans' history and my respect grew more for volcanoes in nature. Volcanoes are not to be taken for granted because they may be pretty things one moment but another time they can create a lot of consequences from a natural's and man made's point of view when they are erupting and/or with increased activity. Take the example of Volcan Chaiten in Chile´s Carreterra Austral which erupted in May this year and consequences following that. The Volcan, I understand, was dormant and had not erupted for thousand of years so this came very unexpected. I am learning not to take nature especially volcanoes for granted at all.
My name is Dawn and I live Leeds, in the UK. I love travel and travel loves me!
A lot has happened since I last blogged! I graduated, did my EFL teacher training, got a new place and now in the process of changing my career. This meant I hardly travelled abroad though I made a trip to Rome in November 2016 which was amazing!
I currently don't have any travel plans abroad though I plan to see more of my country from time to time. I hope someday I can travel as much as I used to....as always living in hope!
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