Sunday, 5 February 2012

Puerto Varas - last day of the trip

We had no problem selling the bikes, we made some people happy with a good deal on virtually new bikes and we were happy to get some money back. Puerto Varas and the surrounding area, the lake district, have a very strong German history, which is obvious in the old architecture and their interest in German style cakes (they even have a day of the cakes - dia del kuchen!). So the last day in Puerto Varas we walked a tourist trail along a number of old (ca 1880-1935 period) houses and churches and sampled some of the cakes.

Checking our flight details the day before we left we found out that Spanair (which was supposed to fly us from Madrid to Copenhagen) had gone bust and had canceled all flights. Fortunately we found this out in time and managed to buy a near identical flight with Iberia so we had a smooth journey home to Tromsø.

The beach in Puerto Varas, on lake Llanquihue. In the distance, volcanoes Osorno on the left and Calbuco on the right.

 Puerto Varas has a populair swimming beach.

 German-style Casa Maldonado built in 1890.

The German-style church in Puerto Varas was modeled on the Marien Kirche in the Black Forest in Germany. 

The very interesting museum Pablo Fierro, focussing on the architectural history of the region.

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