On the road to the center, we went over the Pascua River, which starts at a valley, accompanies life in town and empties into the sea. Its upper course is an exceptional fishing location.
We arrived in the main street, named after Otto Uebel, one of the town pioneers. This street is outlined by the most of the shops in town, the fire department and the Carabiniers station. The fine signs made in wood and reading the names of streets and stores caught our attention. Likewise, the gardens ornamented with flowers and a good shade of green are the emblem of Puyuhuapi. It is very pleasant to see how the inhabitants of this town know and greet one another across the street.
During our conversation with Luisa, we asked her about the festivals held there. She told us: “Early in February, the anniversary of Puyuhuapi is celebrated. All sorts of contests besides sports, in which children and grown-ups take part, are organized and everyone has a lot of fun. The election of the queen is the most formal event in this celebration”.
Like every small town away from large cities, it has a life of its own through its multiple community activities, the four football clubs, the outdoor recreational field and the indoor gym.
It was confirmed by Luisa when she said: “Luckily, both adults and young people are very active and many parties, contests and celebrations are organized throughout the year”.
We visited the only Catholic Church in town, made of wood and painted blue with ivy covering the walls of its facade. It was almost recently built and particularly picturesque.
Known worldwide, the carpet factory owned by the Hopperdietzel family has produced excellent items by hand during the last 60 years. Knot to knot, with sheep wool, craft woven by local hands, it settled down in Puyuhuapi its spinning mill workshop, the factory and the sales room.
Soon, we were back at the starting point: the shore. We gave another look to this mountain village with a simple life but with an interesting history and we felt that there was still too much to be discovered and that it was worth touring around it again.
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