Making reservations in a place you don’t know, especially when you make them based on information you found on the internet, it can be a hit or miss proposition. We lucked out this time.
Our hotel in Puerto Varas is beautiful. It’s right across the street from Lake Llanquihea and stares happily at Mount Osorno, of the most beautiful snow-covered volcanic peaks this side of Mount Fuji.
The lake is huge. For a little perspective, Lake Tahoe covers 191 square miles but Lake Llanquihue, at 330 square miles, almost doubles that.
Mount Osorno, which stands guard over the northern end of the lake, is one of the most active volcanoes in the Andes. It’s erupted eleven times between 1575 and 1869. Despite its relatively modest altitude and latitude, the upper slopes of the volcano are almost entirely covered in glaciers sustained by gobs of snowfall and a very moist maritime climate. (“Gobs” is a highly scientific meteorological term that I feel no need to define at this time.)
One interesting historical fact: Charles Darwin saw Osorno erupting from a distance in January 1835.
We took the photo atop this post, then turned around and saw this reflection in the front window of our hotel. Any physics or photographic wizards out there who can explain why the volcano looks so massive in this reflection compared to the other photo?
These are fantastic images and stories and Jimmy Boy, your cleverness is bringing it all alive. Truly feels as if we are doing the trip along with you. Hope you both stay healthy and keep the acres and letters coming.
You can certainly see the European influence in Southern Chile. It’s like being in the Alps.
Ken Abbott says
“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear”. I believe that it is the same concept as your passenger side mirror (in reverse), but what do I know???? Cool pic though!
Great theory, Ken. But why is the reflection bigger than the reality?
The glass window must be a bit convex (bowed out toward you) similar to a car’s side mirror. Best explanation I can find is here.