Photo: Tourists viewed the translucent crystal-blue waters of the Saltos del Petrohué, a collection of waterfalls east of Lago Llanquihue in Chile. The setting evoked a primitive world out of a movie.
Southern Chile, a magnet for adventure-seekers, provides plenty of thrills even for casual tourists.
By Miguel Otárola Star Tribune
FEBRUARY 15, 2018 — 6:15PM
The first thing I have to tell you about Chile is that it’s long. Really, really long. One of the longest countries in the world, in fact.
Because of that, it’s much like the United States in that it’s difficult to find one defining culture, let alone geography, throughout. The dry, coastal cities in the north are different from the urban sprawl in the middle, and the southern third of the country is unlike anything else.
So last year, when my dad said we would be taking a family vacation to southern Chile, far from the capital of Santiago and even farther from where I grew up in the north, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Just how far south would we be going?
Turns out not too far, relatively speaking. We visited Lago Llanquihue, one of the largest lakes in the country and only a two-hour flight from Santiago. Chile’s tip is another two-hour plane ride from there.