Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9th, Puerto Varas
We're starting off with photos of last night's dinner. You don't want to see photos of tonight's (more later).
After dinner tonight, we had a group conversation on today's adventure. It wasn't that it wasn't terrific - It was. A bus ride to a catamaran across a lake to lunch and then a hike to a waterfall - with helicopter rides over volcanos and zip lines through semi-tropical forest canopies (The oldest of us did the former, we all watched the latter). Then back across the lake to a bus ride home to dinner. The sky was clear and blue, and the water was clear and blue. But we were a bit blue too, and we thought we'd talk to help us get clear as to why. We agreed that it had something to do with it being the third to last day of the tour, and that we'd just hadn't come from about ten better days than this. Today suffered from comparison, and we had the sinking feeling that it wasn't going to get better again.
As good as the final days in Santiago will be, we recommend that the whole trip be taken in the reverse order. It should start with Chile and end with Argentina. I'm sorry Chileans, but your wonders just don't compare. Building up the excitement from the really great wonders of Chile to the absolutely fantastic wonders of Argentina is the right way.
Having said that, the volcanos of Chile's coast are as spectacular as Iguazu Falls or the animals in the Pampas, or the vastness of Tierra del Fuego. As nothing is in the league with Torres del Paine, let's not bother comparing it with anything else.
But we had a great day, followed by one of the worst dinner's we've had. Good thing we had a great conversation.
For a look at today's photos, click on: Puerto Varas