From Valdivia to Orsono to Puerto Varas and finally Puerto Montt this is the heartland of Germanic Chile. Wiki has a basic overview (as accurate as Wiki can be). Interesting enough but after 3 days of climbing, trekking and all things outdoors I am looking for one thing and one thing only. The Kunstsmann Brewery!!
This was not a quest of 11th Century Crusades proportions but I did have a quest. That and a map.
Draft in Chile is Shope. I came back into town with a bounce in my step. I was minding my own business when I happened about a Shoperia or draft house. Oh Oh!! In I went with only the best of intentions. Well it should have been called a sausagaria as this was definately a Latino sports bar. Whatever, there was a division 3 soccer game on and I wanted a beer. I had not noticed until I settled in that is was also a smoke house. Everyone smoking as thier maximum capacity. It was not awful and ignorable. Lets cut to the end of the game, and I can not make this up. The second the game ended, I mean the whistle was blowing, the barmaid opend the front door and turned on the large overhead air filters. The smoke was gone in about 3 minutes. So part of the machoism in Chile is sitting in a bar watching sports and sucking in second hand smoke. Boneheads!
The next 4 days are going to be mellow and low key as I prepare for my voyage on the Navimag through the fiords of Pantagonia from the 9th to the 12th. We leave from Puerto Montt which lies less than 200 km from Valdiva. That gives me time to stop in Orsono for day then a couple days in Puerto Varas keeping the bus rides to under a couple hours will be a nice change.