We gradually took in the mountainous landscape which somehow affected our bodies until we seemed to be cutting the air and nature itself in two and speeding down the middle.
Leaving Lake Puyehue the mountain vegetation became denser and denser and we stopped several times to admire the traces of German colonization in the beginning of the twentieth century.
We reached the amazing Caulle Range ecological reserve on the slope of the Puyehue Volcano. We parked our bikes and went for a walk along the paths among the lush Valdivian rainforest. After a delicious barbecue we went for a ride on horseback; a short gallop across a meadow led us to the Gol Gol River, its freezing cold water and incredible falls, typical of the Andes Mountain Range.
At a high vantage point we took photos of the spectacular view as we listened to the interesting comments of our guide. We galloped all the way back, exhausted but thrilled with the experience. We spent the night in Puyehue, a mountain town offering good service and well known hot springs which provided a much needed rest before having a good night’s sleep in preparation for the final stage of our ride.
The last day proved to be the most adventurous as we rode up the gravel, volcanic sand slopes of the Puyehue Volcano and carefully crossed streams in an extremely narrow road. Antillanca is a popular ski center which also provides activities in the summer, so we went up to the crater from where we could also see Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanoes in Chile and Mount Tronador. Although we took our time, we were aware that we had to be back before dark to avoid danger.
Tired but proud of ourselves, we had a drink at the hotel to celebrate our wonderful experience and made a special toast to the camaraderie of the group.
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It is really important to respect traffic regulations. Police traffic control is very strict in order to avoid accidents.