territory of the Curruhuinca Community. The paths go across the attractive woodlands on Mount Bandurrias. Shortly afterwards, we made a stop in the shade in order to rest.
To the left of the path, we walked for a few meters along a steep trail in order to reach the natural vantage point standing on top of Mount Bandurrias. It features a panoramic view of the city and the coastline of Lake Lácar with its pier and its sandy beach, as well as the watercrafts moored near the shore. Towards the other side, we beheld the vastness of a lake that seems to have no end and the mountain scenery in its entire splendor.
Step by Step across the Bandurrias
As the trail went up and down and we got deep into the woods, we gradually discovered the magic of a place where the green cypresses and roble pellín
mingles with the orange amancays
and other summer flowers.
We were feeling hot but it was necessary to walk a little farther. We crossed the access gate where the Mapuche
residents charged us an access fee. It was at this very spot where we learned that we could buy some tortas fritas
and sodas from the locals.
We started to go downhill and crossed several melt water threads. We knew the shore was close: La Islita
lies 5 kilometers away from the downtown.
As we reached the small sandy beach in Trompul, our first impulse was to drop our backpacks, get barefoot, take off our sweatshirts and get into the water, which welcomed us with its usual cold temperature. We were there and the best was yet to come. A good dive every time we felt hot was awaiting and we still had to cover the 10 meters that separate La Islita
from the continent as many times as we wished.
The famous little island is small and steep, with a higher area that features a good view of Mount Abanico (Spanish word for ’fan’) on the opposite shore of the lake and the entire Chapelco
In the summer, swimmers must dare to cross towards La Islita
and enjoy a small adventure that will remain forever in their spirit. This is a space for youth also visited by grown-ups.