We drove a couple hours north around Lago Llanquihue to Puyehue national park. The drive held as much beauty as the park. Morning sunlight glimmered on the blue lakes of the Los Lagos region. The sharp peaks of snow-capped volcanoes towered over low clouds. And the roads were empty.
We arrived at the park and found two halves. On one side of the road, the park was free to enter and explore. On the other side of the road, the park required an entrance fee. We went to both, though we’re still confused as to why some trails were free and others required a fee.
The day’s activities consisted of four or five short hikes, totaling about six miles in distance. We’re finding the kids enjoy our hiking days more when the days are broken down into many shorter trails versus one long one. The rewards, like snacks, waterfalls, and playtime at the water, are more frequent on a day filled with many shorter hikes, and so there’s less griping along the way.