Germany in South America?

Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
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Trip End Apr 23, 2010


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Carla Minte Hospedaje

Flag of Chile  , Lake District,
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Puerto Varas is a small town on the edge of Lake Llanquihue facing the perfectly shaped and snow topped Volcano Osorno on the very edges of Patagonia.  Apart from a few crusty European tourists wandering around it is mainly an upmarket resort for domestic tourists, with nice hotels and a huge casino that Duncan wasnīt allowed in.  That said after one night in an overpriced skeggy hostal we managed to find a German B&B a nicely decorated place on the hillside with wifi, brekkie and the most comfortable beds.

The town almost looks European as the Germans were invited to live in this and other neighbouring towns in the 1800īs as the area was unhabited and the Chileans were concerned that the land would be taken by a neighbouring country, so they invited the Germans to come and live in the area. In Germany at that time there was widespread famine so many families took the chance of a better life and came all the way to Chile and so with them they brought there distintive style of housing, which is still very obvious today.

So we spent a few days sightseeing around the area, taking the bus to the not so nice Puerto Montt (an industrial ugly town), Frutilliar a pretty resort town and had a day trip across the lake Llanquihue to Puella where we did zip lining through the trees and over waterfalls.

We had to wait a couple of days longer than we expected to get a bus back to the north, but considering what had happened it didn't matter to us.

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