Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Last Day in Lake Country

This is the view from the patio of the little hosteleria where we are staying. The sun is still out and that's the lake in the distance.

More adventures today in the direction of Pucon. We started out by visiting a small private museum of Mapuche artifacts. There was virtually no signage so it was really up to us to guess the story of the pieces we were looking at.

From there we went in search of Laguna Azul y Los Ojos de Caburgua, a beautiful waterfall dropping into a small dark blue lake.

Once again our find of the day was totally unexpected. We were looking for a place to have a quick lunch when we came upon the above sign. The promise of boeuf bourguignonin the middle of the Chilean countryside was just too tempting to pass up. So we followed the gravel road and ended up in front of this lovely restaurant with a padlock on the front door.

I heard music inside and roused someone from the kitchen in the back. He unlocked the door and welcomed us in for lunch. We had time to look around while they prepared our food. The walls were tastefully decorated with colorful artwork.

We had raspberry juice along with a sauté of their organic garden vegetables and mushrooms as an appetizer. This was served with mini-biscuits.

The boeuf bourguinon exceeded our expectations. I am sure they used local beef, which is all grass-fed.

I neglected to take a picture of dessert, a small papaya stuffed with lemon mousse and served with lemon sorbet. However, as we drove away I managed to harvest a second dessert of wild black raspberries growing by the side of the road.

Our final destination was the thermal baths of Huife, naturally fed by volcanic waters which are approximately 110 degrees F.

The rains are supposed to come in earnest tomorrow, but we have made a lot of hay while the sun was shining!

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Location:Avenida Juan Antonio Ríos,Villarrica,Chile


Anonymous lr said...

Wow what a glorious day you had. The picture from the patio to the lake was picture perfect. As always it's lovely to travel with the two of you.

10:45 PM  

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