The Lake Region of Chile
This past SPRING BREAK, a little last minute and full of random activities, I decided to take a few friends to a house on a cranberry farm outside of Lanco, Chile-- where I spent part of my childhood. Set in the middle of nowhere, it isn't the first place people think of to vacation, let alone even visit for any function. Nevertheless, this past spring break my inspiration was adventure. I was feeling a little claustrophobic in the daily routines of college and needed a real break. The result: best break I've ever taken. There's nothing like getting distance and perspective.
So the trip? It started in Santiago, Chile: the capital. Santiago is a fairly modern city that has a lot to offer. We were only there for one day. If you ever go and have the time make sure to see the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. What we did do was walk around all day. We stayed at the W (they get a big thumbs up from me, loved the experience), and we simply explored by foot (the best way to see any city).
Food: Get the empanadas
Drink: Raspberry juice. MY FAVORITE THING. If you love raspberries, you will fall in love. Would I consider moving to Chile for the sake of their raspberry juice supply and only that reason? Absolutely. For an alcoholic drink, get what Chile in known for: Pisco Sour. Try it once and you'll find yourself stocking up at the duty free before your international flight.
After Santiago we went to the lake district where we stayed on a cranberry farm and from there went on daily adventures. We hit the towns of Panguipulli, Pucon, and Villarica. The must do activities:
1. Climb Villarica: It can be scary if you've never done anything like it. You get full climbing gear, an ice pick etc. The view on a clear day lets you see endless green lands, and on a cloudy day, you feel like you're floating above the clouds. You can't go wrong, so it is without a doubt a bucket list must!
2. Rafting in Pucón: Being in the south of Chile, not many people speak English, so you really don't know what you are signing up for. That being said, rafting was an exhilarating experience I want to do again and again. My friends and I did the easiest rafting available, which was a level four.
All in all, take in the pictures, enjoy them and GO ON AN ADVENTURE TRIP. I am smiling writing this now and as cheesy as it may sound, the entire experience put me and continues to put me in a happy place.
My travel wanderlust has not gone away. Posts to come on places I am dying to visit and don't worry the posts will keep flowing, because the list is endless.
XO yours truly