Only spent 12 hours or so in this border town, but was the weirdest day of my travels so far.
Oasis in the desert
This oasis is just a hop away from San Pedro.
Nothing but sand
And a lot of sand would hit my face, because the day was windy. I applied sunscreen before, but because of that at the end of the day, I had a thin layer of sand stuck on my face.
Laguna Salt Lake
Even though I'm freezing cold, I still enjoyed the view.
Laguna Salt Lake
The snowy looking clumps aren't snow, it's salt.
On bus towards Pisco Elqui
Valle de Elqui (the general area) is know for wineries. I love the colorful mountains in the back.
City of Santiago
The city was rather foggy during our visit, but we could still see the snowy mountain in the back.
Castle in Santiago
This castle provides great views of the city.
One of the best breakfasts provided by a hostel. Usually breakfasts only contain bread, jam, and coffee/tee.
Dramatic sunset on the bus ride to Pucon.
The lake by Pucon. A dog decided to follow us to and from this lake. The dog camped outside of our hostel too.
Lake Villarrica with Sunset
Returned to the same lake during a sunset.
This snowy mountain is actually Chile's most active volcano. It's a great trekking place for beginners.
Trekking up the volcano
Just at the beginning of our trek. On top you can see the smoke of the volcano.
The view looking back.
Viewing the sunrise
Two people in our group came a half an hour late. Otherwise I could have viewed a majestic sunrise from a better vantage point.
First stop of the trek
I layered up a lot. At the beginning I was still freezing, but that changed quickly.
View from the first stop
There are other volcanos in this area as well.
On the top of the volcano
We were provided gas masks, but the guide said we didn't need them. He was right until at the very end I inhaled some sulfur. On some days, you can see the lava. No such luck for us today.
View from the top
The view from the top is stunning. (oh, and somebody needs better camera skills.)
5 hours of struggling up. Now I get to sled down. The orange plastic in front is my sled.
Puerto Arenas Waterfront
Walking along the waterfront.
Statue at the waterfront
This statue was impressivly big.
It's my birthday!
This day is actually my birthday! I kept seeing this cake all over Chile, so I thought I had to try some since, if it's everywhere, it must be good. My curiosity was not rewarded. Ate the jello-y cake and then got myself something else afterwards.
Arrows to different countries
This arrows pointed to various places all over the world. I wonder if their direction is accurate....
Puerto Arenas Viewpoint
The view point gave us a fantastic outlook of the city.
Almost nothing better than delicious hot chocolate at the end of a cold day. Of course the cafe/chocolate store was Swiss themed.