Arriving in Chile, Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas
Trip Start Sep 03, 2003
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Despite all that, we did arrive in Puerto Montt safely with all our luggage
We did end up staying in one of Miguel`s recommended hostals, however, the granny-flat-like house was a little run down & unclean for our tastes so we decided to stay just the one night. Instead of finding another accommodation in Puerto Montt for the next day, we decided to take a local bus to Puerto Varas, 30 minutes from Puerto Montt.
We had realised that we had made a good decision when we arrived in Puerto Varas! The small port town was touristy but beautiful & very comfortable. If comparable, we`d say it was something like Port Stephens in Australia but a little nicer. We had booked ourselves into a hostal & were lucky to be given a flat-like room with a little kitchenette. Since Puerto Varas (and all parts of Chile for that matter) is expensive, we decided to make use of the kitchenette in our room to cook & save money
While staying here in Puerto Varas, we did take the opportunity to rest, visit the local casino & a go white-water rafting. The casino was only visited by Nita & I and we only played the pokies. Despite leaving with a AUS$5.00 loss we were amused by the "playboy" pokie machine, where we managed to see a lot of female nudity from winning the free spins.
The white-water rafting was heaps fun with lots of beautiful views of Mt Orsono and other surrounding mountains. We also jumped into the water rapids twice for a so-called swim. Unfortuately, due to the nature of the activity, I couldn`t bring my camera along to capture the moment. Our rafting crew were also quite fun & this time it was Mel who was smitten with one of the rafting guides *wink*.
A note on health: Nita`s recovered from her sickness although now a little skinnier than before from 2 days of not being able to eat. But it`ll be good for our swimsuit wearing days in Brazil! Mel`s come down with the cold & flu so the rest in Puerto Varas is doing her good. I`ve still got a little cough & continuing to try the different drugs (now cough syrup) available in our first aid kit. Cat was a little tired but continues to be the strongest & healthiest.