In 2016, I visited this same area and took a tour way outside of the little port up through the Simpson River Valley, viewing waterfalls and feeling small next to the incredible mountains towering on either side of our vehicle.
Today, I wanted to stick closer to "home" so opted for a forest walk nearby at a private nature reserve called Aiken del Sur. It was a short 15 minute ride from where the tender boat dropped us. The weather was threatening rain, but we were going to walk through a mostly covered forest area, so I wasn't too concerned about that. Close to the end of the trail, is a beautiful little waterfall called Old Man's Beard. We stopped for some pictures and then made our way out to the dirt road and walked a few minutes up a hill for lunch. At the top of the hill was a beautiful lake and a lodge, where we were greeted with a choice of pisco sours, sparkling, red and white wines, and some non-alcoholic drinks. We enjoyed a traditional lunch of barbecued lamb, empanadas, vegetables and potatoes.
Some kind of insect. Pretty, but I kept my distance.
More arrayan trees. Their bark and roots can turn river water a red color
Walkway through the preserve
This is a little bird called a Chucao. It is small with a loud voice! You can identify it by it's tail feathers that stand straight up and its red feathered chest. They are very curious and will come out of the forest if they hear you calling them. Camilla called to it by clicking two small stones together.
This is an arrayan tree that appeared to be dead, and so other trees came and set down their roots on top of it. However, the tree wasn't really dead and it continues to grow, in harmony with the other trees.
Snort is VERY glad this is lamb being cooked behind him instead of pork........
Some ferns in the preserve. So much greenery!!
Mushrooms taking hold on tree trunk
Love these trees!
Travel quote: "Life is a great adventure or nothing" Helen Keller
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