I couldn’t do it anymore… I wanted to give up. We were hiking 1 kilometer up the base of a steep volcano to get to a mirador (look out point). We had already been hiking for I don’t even know how long. I was far behind and I kept telling myself “Fuck Jaime you are so out of shape.” and “Damn Jaime why do you do this to yourself didn’t you just fail at hiking up a volcano like a few days ago?” and just then when I was about to give up my friend Ingrid said “Do it for beer credit!”… I said “What?”… she said “yes, all the calories you are burning now you can enjoy all the beer you want after without feeling guilty.”… I was left in awe I had never thought of that. Not that I ever think about the empty calories that beer gives me when I drink it. I mean I love drinking and drink whenever and never feel guilty as long as I’m not drinking and driving. Okay sometimes I do feel guilty when I do stupid shit, but that’s a whole other subject I don’t wanna get into, but I’m sure my friends and family at home would love to share…lol.
When she told me that though, a lightbulb lit up in my head and it was like the sky parted and angels started singing AHHHHHHHHHHHHH in a high pitch voice that was just magical. I had honestly never thought about it like that. I had thought about it for food. I love food so sometimes I do work out so I can be a fat ass on the weekends, but beer never. So from that moment after I was like I got this… and kept going and made it to the mirador and it was just so worth it.
—The view from the Mirador was that of Lago Todos Los Santos.—
—Behind us was a perfect view of Volcano Osorno.—
We were in Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales. Created in 1926 it is the oldest national park in Chile. It’s located about an hour from Puerto Varas and is easily accessible via public bus and is a great place to spend the day doing several hikes available. Sadly we were there during the end of FLY season. Yes a few weeks out of the year it’s infested with huge flies. Literally they are about the size of a US nickel and follow you along. I have photos, but preferred not to show them because seriously it wasn’t cute and gives me goose bumps every time I see them.
After hiking for what seemed like for ever and after making it to the Mirador we started make our way to the lake so that way we walk along the shore line to get back to the exit of the park. By the time we made it to the lake we were all tired of the flies and a bit hot. As soon as we saw the lake we all looked at each other and knew we wanted to jump in. None of us brought our swim suits so we did what any human would do… we immediately stripped to our underwear and jumped into the lake. OMG the water was freezing cold, but just too fucking beautiful. The water was so clear and the lake was so deep. Literally right after stepping in the slope just goes down and who knows how deep it goes. It was nice to be in the water and not have flies all around us. The worst part was yet to come.
They had warned us that for some reason the flies get even crazier and multiply when you are walking by the lake and that was the case. As soon as we got out we were all swarmed by the flies. Because my underwear was wet and I was in jeans I didn’t want to get them wet. So I went commando and put my jeans on without underwear and well I used my underwear to cover my head and ear because the sound of the flies was the worse part. So yeah I had my underwear on my head so it could dry and so I could at least keep the flies away from my ears. I have a photo of my underwear covered in flies, but yeah not sharing it here either. Sorry y’all it’s just disgusting… just imagine it… seriously. Ugh got chills just thinking about it now.
So we finally made it back to the entrance/exit and somehow the flies suddenly disappeared and it was nice to be back to normality. We had been hiking for several hours and were all exhausted but all excited about all the beer credit we had earned. We arrived back to town and went straight to the supermarket and bought what was needed for a fresh healthy dinner to make at the hostel and each our own little six pack. That night we drank to a great day, great memories and hiking for beer credit!!!