Waking up to the sounds of birds chirping and a river rustling behind the cabin ... What a great way to start a day! We took a walk down to the river where the fast rapids made me think twice about the skills you would need to be able to maneuver a kayak. I don't think have those skills! We followed a cute little black dog down the paths that ran parallel to the water. We ran into a group of twenty or so old men and women out on a nature hike. Felipe explained that here in Chile they don't have much help from the government for the elderly, but, they do offer periodic trips that they can take for not too much money ( around $150 I think?). They will go out in buses and stay a few days in different parts of the country, in many of the scenic and relaxing areas. Sounds like a pretty cool thing to do when you are older.
After spending the night in a place with no Internet connection, we decided it was best to pack up and search for somewhere to stay that was closer to the town center. We stopped by a few hostels and inquired about price. I guess the good thing about traveling with a local is that you won't get ripped off by bad tourist prices. We ended up renting a sweet cabana -- it was huge with two stories, several bedrooms, a full kitchen, two bathrooms, living room, and dining room --- for just a little bit more money than the hostel wanted to charge for a room! Such a great deal--- gracias Felipe!
We left our stuff in the room and went to get some lunch. We found a place called El Fogon where I had some great lamb and rice, a creamy soup, and pineapple desert. The meal was once again amazing. A required siesta time followed, as the lunchtime meals here are always quite large and pretty much force you to take a nap after. I love siesta time! Haha
After a great nap we went out on a drive. This area is soooo beautiful. So green with lush mountains and vibrant yellow flowers along the road. We drove out to see some waterfalls that were close to town. I was so happy to be back in nature, which was what I was looking forward to in this trip. The falls were amazing and the water was freezing (No, I didn't swim but I did stick my hand into the water several times to get a cool GoPro shot or two :)
That night we stopped at a grocery store for ingredients to make dinner. Felipe made a delicious shrimp fettuccini and this other dish that consisted of cauliflower, pickles, carrots, ham, and cheese (a fav of his). He wanted to find this specific type of ice cream (#16 of this certain brand), so we ended up driving to three different stores to find it, but with no luck. Sad us. I also finally got to try a decent beer from Chile, "Kross". It was also my sister's birthday today so I skyped her over wifi and it was great to talk to her and their adorable family. We made plans to try to go rafting the next day...