Spontaneous Engagement Photography In Puerto Varas, Chile
This is my second post documenting my awesome adventures in Chile! You can see the first one about my sister and her boyfriend letting me capture their love on my family's farm HERE. My dad was born in Santiago, Chile and then moved to Washington, DC when he was in high school with his parents and two siblings. About 20 years ago, my aunt and uncle and grandparents had this awesome idea to move back to Chile, but head to Patagonia and open a working farm and BnB. My uncle is a builder and my aunt is an interior decorator, my grandfather is an accountant, and my grandmother is a gardner. So with their powers combined, they created La Quinta Del Lago in Puerto Varas. Check out their website here and book an Air Bnb too! Now my cousin and his family have taken over the farm and have horses, cows, chickens, alpacas, and all sorts of fruits, veggies, and flowers! It's on a Lake, Lago Llanquihue, and surrounded by several beautiful volcanos. It's pretty much paradise in the summer time. And by summer I mean our winter because the seasons are flipped in the southern hemisphere! Because we were so far south, we had the sunshine out until 10pm! It may have been summer, but we had our puffy jackets on!
Because this place is so magical and my grandparents still live on the farm my cousin, Cristina, and her incredible life partner, Chris, decided to get married in Puerto Varas! It was the best decision because it brought all the family together from all over the world in one place. We sang songs around the bon fire, sipped pisco sour from my grandparents deck, at meals together, and explored around Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Ensenada, Osorno, and Petrohue. While we were there I hung out a lot with another cousin Francisco (Panco) and his awesome fiancé.
Drew and I got to visit them and their two pups in Denver this summer and it literally almost made us want to move out there! They're the best. Goofy, always up for anything, inspiringly optimistic. So, of course I had to capture a few photos of them as we traveled and explored! I laughed and smiled editing these photos! Just a blast to hang with my super cool cousins!
1. Volcan Osorno - we drove up as far as we could (it’s a dormant volcano, we think?) to the ski resort and then hiked up to snow from there. It was me, Paulina, Justin, Victoria, Daniel, Disco Francisco, and Phoebe. Victoria found a plastic tarp in the car’s trunk and we obviously turned it into a sled! The ones of Panco and Phoebe were right before they crashed over the edge haha oops.
2. Rio Petrohue - Driving to the volcano from the farm there are parts of the road that aren’t paved because they’re old lava flows. Apparently cement shifts and never stays. But the cool part about it is that you can drive down one of these massive ash lanes and park right next to a turquoise river. The water is glacial cold! We actually all got to go white water rafting down it! The best time! The mountain in the background is actually another volcano! It’s Volcan Calbuco. It’s infamous for erupting a few years ago.
3. Lago Llanquihue - this lake is across the street from the family farm and is super ideal for sunsets as the snow capped Volcan Osorno reflects the colors.
Hope you enjoy these amazing, genuine, and lovable rock stars’ spontaneous engagement session in Patagonia, Chile!
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