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Our "Summer" Travels To South America: Part 17

Our intrepid traveler's three-month journey on a cruise ship: Puerto Montt, Chile

By Armando F. Sanchez, Contributing Writer
Published on LatinoLA: March 28, 2013

Our "Summer" Travels To South America: Part 17

It's interesting to visit the port city of Puerto Montt. It's crunched on the coast and in a few minutes one is in open farm land. The country as a whole is very narrow and the Andes mountains and the Pacific ocean is running down the entire country.

We are in the central area of the country. It is the wet region. It rains consistently here and there is a forested area. Unlike other parts of Chile, this area lacks the metals it has in the northern dry desert section. This area has plenty of timber.

In a few minutes outside the city there is a huge lake called yanqiwak lake. Further inland the other great water source is Emeral lake. The towns and buildings in the area around the lake looks a great deal like in The coastal side of Oregon or Germany. Along the lake are beautiful modern spacious homes. I mentioned Germany because the house designs resembles the architecture you commonly see in the Switzerland and Germany region. It's a very scenic area.

Because of the high rainfall, this region is also a productive dairy producing area.

This region is one of the top world exporters of salmon. They now have created large salmon farms and only Norway exports more. Due to many lakes and rivers rafting, kayaking and trout fishing are very popular sports.

We have been traveling half an hour inland and we find ourselves in an area where the read is rough. We are squeezed in a narrow area between the lake and a small mountain. The little mound is a small active volcano. From here we can see across the lake a higher mountain which is above the cloud cover is also an active volcano. The sides of that mountain has multiple volcano vents.

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