Ready for a Change
As we moved ahead, the form of this river changed again: it appeared to be much deeper and its waters more calmed.
We went ahead and in another bend of the river we found a raft with a capacity to carry a maximum of two vehicles at a time which connected both shores. Of small size, with a day schedule and a simple operating system, the crossing took no more than two minutes.
We left the crystal clear river waters behind and we found an affluent, the Blanco River, with its darker waters due to the sediments. Likewise, the surrounding vegetation changed its color and became thicker.
This way led directly to Lake Riesco and a completely different landscape unfolded before our eyes. A green plain, a forest full of huge trees and a wide beach caressing the frozen lake waters awaited us.
Whole families of myrtle trees, with their distinctive colorful red and white streaks on their trunks, occupied an extensive area along with other species of canelo, chilco and michai trees. They provided shade and protection from the wind.
Just for the pleasure of doing nothing, we lay against a log and we made a list of every plant we saw as each part of the beach stimulated our senses. Sometimes silence was interrupted by the music of the water hitting the beach.
Salmon sport fishing is one of the activities appealing to visitors to this glacial lake that occupies a 14-square kilometer area. From the other coast, we saw salmons but they avoided our fishing rod. We promised to ask for advice and try again.
When we decided to start our way back, another surprise came out. We were on the same route, but seen from another angle. We confirmed what we already knew: the attractive spots are appreciated twice along the round trip.
Contemplative tourism and fishing outing
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Useful DataBear in mind
Fishing season from October until March every year.
Tourist companies offer fishing outings in Lake Riesco.