03.06.2013 - 03.06.2013 60 °F
Today was a down day for me but going with the flow I ended up doing something. It was supposed to be rainy all day but it alternated between rain and sun. At about 2, I went into Puerto Varas to buy a ticket to the next town for tomorrow. I was thinking of checking out the next town north but my friend from the hostel wanted to go to Puerto Montt, the big city in the area so I agreed.
We got into town and asked what there was to do and they suggested the mercado and the fish market, so we set out along there and encountered many stalls with local good being sold.
One stall sold dried fish called cholgas, which smelled awful.
It was a bit like Mexico where you kept walking and found the same things for cheaper further down. We never got to the fish market though because there was a scenic cove at low tide with boats sitting up on the sand so going to explore them we found we could cross to the island across the way. On the boat, we met a woman Andrea and her son Bejamin and we walked with them across the island, named Isla Tenglo. It turned out that they lived on the other side of the island in a little village called Vega, which felt like a really isolated village even though it was only 2 or 3 miles from the city of Puerto Montt. At the village I kicked a soccer ball around with Benjamin, who's 7, and then his mother picked some fresh apples from one of there trees and told us of a nice loop to follow on the island.
We continued to the Cruz, a cross that looks over the Puerto Montt harbor offering outstanding views of the city. Usually a monument like this is open to the public and a tourist place but this one was fenced off and the field was being grazed on by cows and horses. It was so interesting to see the combination of pasture and city together in one place.
After that, we took a boat back to town and walked around the streets finding some quick food.
After that we headed back to Puerto Varas where I took it easy and learned a new card game Yanniv.