Posted by: gypsytales | January 15, 2010

Isla Victoria and Bosque de Arrayanes

First view of the lake

Brittle alpine air violated the fragility of my lungs and white sun pricked at the corneas of my eyes.  Like a newly pitched tent, so the sky above us looked clean and tight.  Two boats used to sail to Isla Victoria and Bosque de Arrayanes.  The much newer and fancier vessel is a modern catamaran, but based on local recommendations we chose the original boat which had an authentic look and feel about it. 

Ready for sailing

Our first stop was Bosque de Arrayanes, I think this means Myrtle Forest in English.  It was a secret hideaway with well planned wooden walkways through the forest. 

Beautiful views

Seagulls eat crackers thrown to them

We discovered a cosy little cabin with a coffee shop a short distance into the forest.  We weren’t going to be stopping all that long on this island and decided to wait until Isla Victoria. 

Bosque de Arrayanes Forest

Very unusual bark

 The trees had the most unusual bark, cinnamon in colour and powdery in texture, which looked as if white paint had been casually splashed all over them.  It is said that Walt Disney took his inspiration from this forest for the Disney story about Bambi. 

our boat

We arrived on Isla Victoria in time for lunch. 

After lunch we spent about 3 hours exploring the cool, deep forests and every now and then an opening in the foliage allowed us to take in the enormous expanse of lake and mountain views.

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