We leave Yan Kee Way Lodge to enjoy the fresh mountain air at Refugio La Burbuja, on the slopes of volcano Osorno. Leaving our small town of Ensenada, we enter nearby
Vincente Rosales National Park and head upward toward the skirts of Volcano Osorno (8,730 feet in height). On our way up, we’ll see small farms that belong to families that owned
small parcels in what was later to become the national park. They were “grand fathered” in and allowed to remain in the park. While they sometimes have problems getting
an adequate water supply for their farms and gardens, they continue to farm in much the same way as their forefathers that settled this area.
The Refugio La Burbuja or Bubble Refuge (as it is constructed by a large lava bubble) was once a ski resort that no longer functions, although the ski lift and facilities
remain. However plans are underway to redevelop and reopen it. This area will be the start of our trek. We’ll walk through the hills enjoying the scenic vistas of
Lake Llanquihue, the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. At this altitude, we may see the total expanse of the 320 square mile Lago Llanquihue and the many small towns and settlements
that were served by first by sailing ships and row boats, followed by steam ships, until the development of the road system. This explains why many of the names of local communities
on the lake are preceeded by the word “Puerto” or Port.
We’ll leave the Volcano and our expedition will take along the Rio Petrohue as it winds its way through the valleys of the temperate rainforest. As your guide
will explain, the Southern flank of Osorno Volcano, cut-off the original river connection between Lago Todo Los Santos and Lago Llanquihue and caused all of the drainage from Lago Todo
Los Santos to flow into the Rio Petrohue. This is a very special, relaxed and spontaneous trip. Return to Yan Kee Way Lodge.