The lake is 95 miles long, 2 to 15 miles wide and encompasses 588 sq. miles. It is one of the deeper lakes in the World at 2,500 ft....interesting since the surface is only 680 ft. above sea level. It extends into the Patagonian Desert in Argentina where it reaches it's greatest width. There is just enough glacial silt to give it that beautiful aquamarine color. Researchers from Stanford tested the water and were amazed at how pure it was.
Combining the area in Chile and Argentina makes it the second largest lake in South America behind Titicaca.
In my mind it's the largest, a lake is defined as a body of water. The volume of water in Carrera, given it's great depth, exceeds that of Titicaca.
Give that definition the largest lake in the world is Lake Baikal.
Awesome! Myles and I just got back yesterday...it's a beautiful place.
Just FYI, we crossed the border to renew our visas and had to hitch back so I asked the driver about all the shrines- apparently some of them are for people who died on the road, but most are for saints and people leave them gifts...all the little houses. Anyway, just thought it was kind of cool. Glad you had a good trip!
Wayno! What a pleasant surprise to find this thread active again. I enjoyed reviewing it.
Email on its way to you with Donini bivy location. I hesitate to share it with the world.
I have enough Spanish to usually get by in Spanish speaking countries, although polite conversations are difficult for me. Chilean Spanish was almost impossible for me to understand. Angela, who had been working on Chilean Spanish for years, could barely understand & in turn be understood by the locals.
Thanks, Fritz, I am in map mode today. Wondering about other places is one of my pastimes. Chile usually gets me going for days, especially Patagonia.
I have heard that the Chilean Police pride themselves as having the least corruption of any South or Central American country. I have also heard that Chilean Spanish is full of local terminology that confuses even a lot of native Spanish speakers.