We can’t tell you what it cost to camp in the national park at Lago Tromen. That’s because after a good night’s sleep and a leisurely morning packing up the van and pumping ourselves with coffee, we noticed the ‘Camping Prohibited’ sign. Funny – those usually have the red slash through them. We had assumed the picture of the tent meant it was okay.
It was a perfectly excellent place to camp, complete with wooden pedestrian bridges (leading to soggy kid) and a few hiking trails. We later learned that there is a campground here, but it’s 3 km from the lake up next to the main road, phew-shaw!
After stumbling on such an amazing place by accident, we decided to continue on to the Lakes District of Argentina instead of returning to Chile. Parque Lanin (named for the volcano) was pretty awesome, winding through more ‘monkey puzzle’ trees and over rivers via janky wooden bridges. Hard to keep in mind this is a border crossing route.
And, being back in Argentina, we were happy to find a bit more cowboy culture.