I heard that there is a daily ferry from one end of Lake Espolon to the other near Futaleufu. Surrounded by mountains with glaciers, the lake is supposedly very beautiful. The ferry would leave in the late afternoon (5pm), sail about 1.5 hours, and come back. There is a bus to the ferry, but I decided to hike along a river. It’s only 10km.
Although it was cloudy, it was a pleasant day for walking. I was quite relaxed since I had plenty of time.
Relaxed until a dog followed me for more than half an hour (he was harmless) and another chased me and tried to bite me. I had to fight him with a stick. I’ve heard that in Chile and Argentina there are dogs everywhere, wandering freely. I was concerned about it before the trip. Growing up in China where dogs were used to guard properties and supposed to be mean, I’m not comfortable with them.
There are dogs everywhere, but until this day, none of them bothered me. They only fight with each other and rarely attack people. I was very grateful and became relaxed. Then I met this really mean dog. It scared me so much that I picked up the pace, hoping I could hide in a small restaurant before the ferry.
There is no restaurant or any commercial buildings, only a few private properties. And another dirty dog was so eager to play with me. He jumped up and down on me, which made me feel very uncomfortable. I tried to walk away, but he followed me.
Great. It was only 3pm. I was stuck with a dog for two hours with nowhere to hide. The two hours felt longer than two days.
Finally, the boat was there. Dozens and dozens of local people got on. With them came all kinds of luggage, bags, boxes, and even furniture. I was on a boat full of people speaking only Spanish. A couple of them tried to talk to me, but I had no idea what they were saying.
Half an hour later a young lady came to me. She asked me whether I spoke in English. “Yes! Yes!” I was so eager and happy. She said they just wanted to know where to drop me off—there are stops along the lake to drop people off. “No! No! I don’t want to be dropped off.” She was surprised that I just wanted to take the ferry back and forth.
The scenery wasn’t too impressive because of the dark sky. Certainly, the ferry wasn’t the “sunset cruise” I imagined. But the experience was interesting.