Life Lesson: When in doubt of things to do around town, ask the hostel managers.
When we checked into our hostel, we asked what we could do in Valdivia while making our way to Pucon and the hostel managers were full of suggestions. They told us to start our journey off towards the coast and go through Niebla and Playa Los Molinos, dirt-road-no-stop-light kind of towns. The kind of towns where your driving and you say “is this it?” but you’ve already passed through it because yes, that was it. Simple and gorgeous.
I had read on a blog that the Fish Market in Valdivia was home to a group of sea lions that like the hang out waiting for the fisherman to throw them some scraps. So we headed back to Valdivia in search of the Fish Market and its overweight sea lions. But since the Lake District has a heavy German-influenced, on the way back to Valdivia we passed a famous brewery, Kunstmann where we stopped to take a look. We wanted to try some of their flavored beers (both of us not being ‘beer people’) but it was 11am…
When we got to the fish market, we were amazed at how massive these sea lions were, they were absolutely HUGE!! And loud! Below, in the top right picture, you can see just the sea lion’s head compared to an open wingspan of a pretty decent sized bird. There had to be close to 30 of them just waiting around for their food…being lazy. They were even beginning to sink the platform they were laying on!
Walking through the actual market was nice to see all the colors and fresh food, I’m a market kind of person. I ended up buying some fresh smoked salmon for lunch, Patagonian salmon is like Alaskan salmon, some of the best of the best in the world. We even found some graffiti on our walk 🙂
From Valdivia it would’ve been easy to hop right on the highway and make it to Pucon in a few hours but the hostel managers gave us a scenic route that took us through small towns, farm land, mountains and beautiful landscapes. We drove through Los Lagos, Panguipulli and Licanray before we stopped for lunch at a beautiful lake. A lot of these towns survive on the tourist industry of the summer so during winter, everything is closed and there are only locals or people passing through. We stumbled upon a lake that had crystal clear water, absolutely no waves or even movement of water, cloud covered moutains with green forest surrounding us, it was so quiet and peaceful. We walked out onto a pier and sat down to have our lunch. Smoked salmon, crackers, jam, bread, cheese, peanut butter, nutella, gummy worms…snacks galore.
After our very late lunch we hoped back into the car and passed through one more town, Villarrica before making it to our cabin which sat about 15 mins outside of Pucon.
Our adventure in Pucon starts 🙂