A Month in Chile | Antuco

A Month in Chile | Antuco

Traveling with a Baby and a 4 Year Old

We left Huilo Huilo and the Magic Mountain lodge and drove up through Antuco to the volcano.  It was windy but pretty and we were rewarded with an amazing view of the volcano and glacier right from our cabin. antuco, chile

It was so windy that the power was out in Antuco, but Gonzalo, our host, informed us that they get their power from Argentina so it's all good, and the lights would probably stay on.  His wife, YaYa, loved Peaches and held her throughout our dinner.

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Breakfast was served by Gonzalo and after we did some laundry, we jumped in the Peugeot and took off up the hill.

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The drive up to Laguna Laja park was breathtaking, filled with steep curves, sheer cliffs sprouting mountain spring water, and a lunar landscape of black volcanic rock and mud which had permanently covered the valley floor hundreds of years ago.  This created the lake, which was a brilliant blue color but was frigid since it was fed by glaciers.  Antuco Volcano even had its own ski resort, a lonely chairlift surrounded by rundown cabins.  It appeared to take you up at least halfway to the 10,000' summit, although the resort was deserted so we didn't have any way to find out.  The trail carried on another 20-30km to the Argentina border but the trail became increasingly steep and narrow so we turned around while we still had a chance.

We feasted on empanadas in Antuco for lunch, and Poppy drank her first Coca Cola from a glass bottle, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

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This is where I decided I'd had enough.  The road was only wide enough for one car and it was a very steep cliff off the side.  We came to a spot that was slightly wider than the rest of the road and I did an 11 point turn to get us turned around and back to our cabin!

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Morning snuggles while we packed up the car to head to the lake!

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Everywhere we went we claimed it was our favorite until we went to the next place!  Antuco was no different.  We loved it for it's raw and natural beauty and for the fear we felt when we were driving on the roads around the volcano.