My New Favorite Place
I absolutely love it.
And we're not even to the good stuff yet.
I was impressed by Puerto Montt when I first saw it. A town about the size of Lexington on a bay of the Pacific Ocean. The bay is beautiful and blue. It's not a fishing port, so there are almost no boats in sight except the Navimag tour boat which goes out a couple times a week.
In the distance above the skyline of the city are the snowcapped peaks of distant mountains, the start of Patagonia, reminding me of the adventure soon to come.
The public transportation continues to impress. On Sunday we caught a nice little bus to the town of Puerto Varas a half hour away. The ticket was roughly a dollar.
Puerto Varas is officially my favorite city we have found on the trip. It is a small town of roughly 50,000 people located on the southern tip of the picturesque Lake Llanquihue. There are two massive snow capped volcanoes dominating the opposite shore of the lake and the water is crystal clear.
After eating our lunch on the little peninsula by the town square we decided to go rent a kayak to take out on the lake. We rented one for an hour, but it ended up being 30 minutes of struggling to not flip over followed by 30 minutes of enjoyable kayaking, once we finally got the hang of it. I don't know if the kayak was lousy or it's just totally different in a 2 person kayak, but I've never had that much trouble keeping a kayak upright.
Later we watched katakers who actually know what they're doing, and wind surfers ride the breeze into the distance. Hanging out in that town I felt like I could spend a long time living there. It's in a beautiful location, the people are friendly, and it's just a bus ride away from some of the most awesome mountains in the world. Kayaking, climbing, backpacking, fishing, all within easy reach. It feels like the kind of place I'm meant to be.
Of course, I've only seen a tiny fraction of the world at this point, so I'm sure it won't be the last place I find where I want to stay, but it certainly seems perfect to me now.