Puerto Varas looked like a Welsh town mixed with an alpine ski resort, but unfortunately for us on our first day it definitely had the Welsh weather. The first day we decided to hire bikes and cycle around the lake. The bike ride was easy enough the only hindrance we had was avoiding a mental golden Labrador that thought he would join us for 90% of the journey. He was Forrest Gump of dogs and just kept on running! He was so friendly that when we cycled past a man waiting by a bus stop he stopped to say hello, we took our opportunity and cycled off as fast as we could. We weren't being cruel he was really far away from home. We couldn't see much but had sandwiches made so we stopped on a small beach for a picnic whilst getting damper by the second. When we finished we got to the top of the road and could either turn right, back to where we came or left, to carry on the trial, we made the correct choice and headed right. The rain started chucking it down we got soaked. When we reached the town we went for a well-deserved hot drink to try and warm us through. I chose Chocolate con Nutella, it was amazing, the greatest hot chocolate ever, and we've done a ski season in France! It had whipped cream piled on top and a piece of chocolate that I donated to James as his hot chocolate looked so lame next to mine. After enjoying the fire we headed back to our hostel for a warm shower and to start making dinner.
The next morning the weather had turned and it was beautiful sunshine. We decided to go and see another lake and walk around the nearby national park. When we walked out of our hostel to the local bus terminal we saw the gorgeous view that we couldn't see yesterday. It really was stunning; the lake was calm, dark blue and had two snow-capped volcanoes in the background. To top it off Puerto Varas looked even prettier in the sunlight. We took a very scenic minibus ride to the national park and explored the walk ways and trials by foot before finding a great location to enjoy our picnic. This picnic was slightly more enjoyable than yesterday as we enjoyed the sun on our backs and not a drop of rain in sight. We wanted to see Lago Salkantay so thought nothing of a 6km walk along the road to the lake. We were quite relieved to see a minibus go past and paid the cheap fare for a lift. This lake was turquoise blue and so, so beautiful. Imagine calm blue waters, snow-capped volcanoes, mountains covered in alpine trees, trees blossoming with bright red flowers and birds of prey so comfortable with humans they fly right past your head; truly a picture perfect view. We both decided that this was one of our most enjoyable days of the whole trip, such a beautiful place to enjoy a good walk!