In between Christmas and New Year's, the four of us took a 14 hour, overnight bus trip to Puerto Varas. For those unfamiliar with Chilean geography, Puerto Varas is in the Lake District region, which has a similar latitude to Wisconsin (obviously southern instead of northern). The region in known for canoeing, hiking, camping, etc., and it is also just north of the Patagonia region. Its the farthest south any of us have ever been before.
The unfortunate part about our time there was that since this year was an El Nino year, we had rain every day we were there, which limited the amount of outdoorsy activities we could do. We did get to do two small hikes in between the rain and clouds, and here are a few pictures of what we saw.
The view from our hostel.