day 5 – Laguna Ánimas to Molina

trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles

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I had a long way to go today. But it was mostly downhill.

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Back past Laguna Ánimas, busier than when I had camped here.

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Two large water birds seem to spend their nights here.

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The easy way to descend snow fields.

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Though I’m afraid of riding horses, Chile is ideal country for cowboys.

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Back to the green. And some shade.

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Impressive Bolsón was packed. This great weather had inspired more folks from Santiago to takes some time off work.

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This day I did see two large hares, the only indigenous mammals I found.

Surprisingly I saw no sign of snakes or scorpions. Or rodents. My principle companions were tens of thousands of these guys.

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On the trail the only language I heard was Spanish. Foreign hikers do not seem to get here much. It’s another Chilean secret. 🙂

Catching the Parque Inglés bus back to Molina, a tranquil town of about 40,000. I (eventually) found an inexpensive and interesting place to stay in the small town. With a BIG swimming pool.

Hostería Suichi (Suisse + Chile) run by Robert, a (now jaded) Swiss expat.

Robert gave me good information. And cooked up a beef soup typical of the region for me.

In the evening I ate ice cream and hung out in the plaza. As everyone does.

On the street late night I bumped into a Chilean couple on holiday who ended up staying at the Hostería. Next morning we had breakfast together in the popular restaurant. 🙂

Meeting new people is one of the great highlights of travel.

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