The thick clouds drift in from the Pacific, skidding against the cold skies above the eternally snow-capped Andes. It rains 260 days a year here, greening the valleys of Chile’s Lakes region and the lower slopes of the mountains.
“The rain is kind of our life,’ says tourist guide Guillermo Winkler Reinares, born 44 years ago in the busy commercial fishing city of Puerto Montt, at the western edge of the region.
There is no need to check with the Internet or CNN for the weather forecast, he says. Instead, “In the morning, if you can see the mountains, it is going to rain. If you cannot see the mountains, it is raining.’