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Puerto Montt

This’ll be my last entry on the trip to Easter Island and southern Chile. After this I will have pretty much exhausted my supply of pictures. For this post, I thought I’d comment on what things were like around Puerto Montt. I was fascinated by how much was different, and how much was the same.

And whatever you do, don’t take my comments on differences as criticisms.

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Lahuen Ñadi

Southern Chile, that is, the Puerto Montt area, is not only similar to northern California in climate, but it also has trees very similar to sequoias and redwoods. Well, similar climates produce similar responses.

In this case, it’s the alerce, or Fitzroy Cypress, also called the Patagonian Cypress.

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While on the island of Chiloé we visited two of the historical centers in Ancud, the island’s northernmost city. Just as it is for most places, there were a lot of barefooted people there in the past.

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The Road to Chiloé

Another one of our day-excursions while we were in southern Chile was to visit the island of Chiloé. Even within Chile, the Chiloé archipelago has its own unique culture, and a history of independence.

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Old Habits Die Hard

Continuing around Lake Llanquihue in Chile, just north of Puerto Montt, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant called Espantapájaros.

And the old concerns about being challenged for being barefoot in a restaurant arose again. But there was a big surprise waiting for me.

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Oh, So Yes to Osorno

When one drives around Lake Llanquihue, of which our visit to the Petrohué Falls was part, the Osorno Volcano is almost always visible.

It does sit right out there next to the lake, after all.

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Saltos del Petrohué

Let me return to writing about Chile. On one of the days we stayed in Puerto Montt, Machi’s wife was gracious enough to drive us around Lake Llanquihue to see the natural wonders there.

Our first stop was the Petrohué Falls.

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