Calafquén was our destination to visit relatives for one night during our trip to southern Chile. We drove from Pucón in route to Calafquén over a gravel road and as we approached the lake and over the hills surrounding the lake, the views below were absolutely amazing, still very pristine with only a few houses on the hills around the lake. Not only the views were magnificent with Volcán Villarrica in the distance contrasting with the blue waters of the lake, but we were also very lucky to find “copihue” flowers by the road, the Chilean national flower.
There are a few inhabited island in the lake but unfortunately we did not have enough time to visit any of them.
Here is a gallery of pictures of Lago Calafquén along with a few pictures of the farm house where we stayed overnight, including a picture of a chestnut fruit still in its prickly bur, the bur still green until the fall when it will turn yellow and split open to release the seeds. Incidentally, there are lots of chestnut trees in southern Chile with many trees being hundreds of years old. We saw one chestnut tree near Pucón that was about 10 – 12 feet in diameter.
|With justifiable pride in his country, a Chilean man once explained the crazy geography of his country, its people and customs by saying that “…when God created the world he had a handful of everything left – mountains, deserts, lakes, glaciers, etc. – and he put it all into His pocket, but there was a hole in his pocket, you see, and as God flew across the heavens it all trickled out of His pocket; the long trail it made on Earth is Chile….”
From the world’s driest desert in the north, to the wind-swept Patagonia in the south; from the majestic Andes in the East to the Pacific Ocean in the west; from the “norteños” to the European descendants in the south, Chile is land of diversity in all sense of the word.
Why do I mention Chile? Well, consider this: it is winter in Washington and it is summer time in the southern hemisphere; there is a lot wine and cheese in Chile; there are rivers cascading from the Andeans peaks into blue lakes; there are trails to hike and pictures to take; there is family and there are friends. I am out of here!