Merry Christmas wishes from Puerto Montt Chile. Just arrived here after a 7 hour bus ride over the Andes mountain from Bariloche Argentina. Beautiful. Rivers, waterfalls, volcanoes covered with snow. All along the highways are lupine blooming in purple, pink and white. Masses, thousands of them, covering entire hillsides. And yellow scotch broom and trees covered with red flowers (Notros, the national tree of Argentina; it also has white blossoms in the fall) Have not yet seen an Andean condor, but did see Zorro de Darwin (a fox, rather rare) the other morning while eating breakfast. We have been in Argentinian Patagonia (really the Lake District) for the past month. I love the area. It reminds me of Colorado, with rivers and mountains, only the trout are about twice as large, and the pink flamingoes and bamboo let you know you are not in the Rockies. It has been too cloudy to see the night skis, but I bet they are amazing. I would love to spend more time here. The people are incerdibly friendly and so happy to find Americans that speak a little Spanish so they can converse. (It is rare to find anyone who speaks English there). I have finally figured out the Spanish pronunciation there, lots of ch and zh sounds for y and ll.
Tomorrow we get on a ferry and start a four day journey south to the Tierra del Fuego area, the end of the world. The passage is through the archipelago part of southern Chile, past islands, glaciers and near the mountains. Look for pictures in a few days.
¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!
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