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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lake Todos los Santos creature


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Lakes in Los Lagos, Chile. Copyright © 2009 by Austin Whittall

in the 1956 yearbook of the Chilean Mountaineering Federation (Federacion de Andinismo y Excursionismo de Chile), we have found another "lake monster" at Lago Todos Los Santos.

Set in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, east of Lake Llanquihue (this Lake of the week - see left sidebar and map above) it flows into Reloncavi Fjord. It is surrounded by three volcanos: Osorno (2.652 m - 8,695 ft.), Puntiagudo (2.190 m - 7,180 ft.) and, on the border between Argentina and Chile, Mount Tronador (3.354 m - 11,652 ft. in Argentina, the International peak is slightly lower at 3.478 m).

Lago Todos los Santos (Lake of All Saints) also known due to its color as Esmeralda (Emerald), has a surface of 178 km2 (69 sq. mi) is 337 m (1,104 ft.) deep and 198 m (650 ft.) above sea level.

It is described as "a monster" having "a long tail that ends in a spear head which is in some way related to the monster Pillán of Osorno volcano, which the natives believed was the lair of demons and monsters.

This monster is also known by the name of "Hueñauca".


Grupo de Montaña Perros Alpinos. Citing: Federacion de Andinismo y Excursionismo de Chile "anuario de montaña" 1956 Santiago

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