Zapata Amarillo was the name of the hostal we where we stayed in the town of Puerto Octay, a town on the NW shore of Lake Llanguihue, and originally settled by a lot of Germans. The Chilean government was generous with land grants in the early part of the 20th century because they wanted people to settle in this somewhat difficult area so that it would be populated and thus offer some protection from border disputes with Argentina.
This hostel was a family home and family business in a very scenic location. It was run by a Chilean woman and her Swiss husband. They have lived in Chile and Switzerland, but settled in Chile because they could get more land and own a guest house more easily than in Switzerland. She was an excellent cook, and this was one of the rare places where the hostel owner cooked dinner. One night we had dinner there and enjoyed the company of a French couple, so we spoke French, English and Spanish that night. A little confusing, but all very entertaining!
We happened to be there on Dec 6, Saint Nick’s day. In the morning we were greeted with sweet bread made to represent St Nick.
Room with a view
When we woke up in the morning at Zapata Amarillo, this is what we saw. The view of this volcano (Volcan Osorno) changes often based on the weather and time of day, but it’s always striking!