Blogs from Carretera Austral, Aisén, Chile, South America - page 7


South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral April 13th 2008

Northward to Chile. Nick typing: For a while there we considered trekking across the boarder takign a couple of ferries to get into chile, but the cost, Rins cough and other factors have meant we have decided to take the easterly route via the pampas and up to Los Antiguos in Argentina and then a quick boarder crossing to Chile Chico and then ferry ride up into central pategonia. Our last night in El Chalten was memorable with a midnight bus and raging dust storm that hit the village. At one point while walking to the bus station we were forced to take shelter behind a busted shaggin waggon that was for sale. This was a car that we earlier considered we might of purchased to take us northward, but car ownership is a challenge around ... read more
hospedaje meals
driving buses chilean style
Rinny trying her luck in the rain hitching

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral March 20th 2008

(Parts of this were written at different times over the last month and a half...) Hola from Puerto Puyuguapi! So I am officially in the middle of nowhere, and it looks strikingly like my home state... Pto Puyuguapi is about 500km of bumpy road south west of my last blog in El Bolson. The town is a sleepy salmon fishing village of several hundred inhabitants. Initially the people are somewhat closed but thaw quickly when you speak to them in their language, as the vast majority of tourists on this road are hitching Israelies who seem to rarely make the effort (according to my hostel owner). The road south of El Bolso quickly dropped out of the mountains into a sweeping dessert landscape complete with burning sunsets and morning headwinds. After a long day in the ... read more
And there was wailing and gnashing of teeth, Oh Yes!
Out of the fog come the fables
Sweet Sweet Asphalt

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral March 14th 2008

In den letzten 2 Wochen meiner Reise bin ich dann wieder nach Chile rueber um einen Teil der Carretera Austral von Sued nach Nord zu befahren. Die Carretera Austral ist eine rund 1350 Kilometer lange Straße von Villa O'Higgins nach Puerto Montt, die mehrere abgelegene Provinzen im Sueden Chiles mit dem Hauptland verbindet. An der Strasse wurde ueber 20 Jahre gebaut und mittlere Weile sind einige Teile schon asphaltiert. Trotzdem sind die Landschaften entlang der Austral einige der abgelegensten und schoensten und man sollte Sie erkunden bevor der ganz grosse Tourismus einsetzt. Weiter gen Sueden ist die Verlängerung der Straße in die Región Magallanes und Antártica Chilena praktisch unmöglich. Das riesige vergletscherte Gebiet des suedlichen patagonischen Inlandeises mit hohen Bergen versperrt den Weg. Noerdlich erstrecken sich riesige Waelder, einige davon Regen und Neb... read more
Entland der Carretera Austral - Regenwald, Bergbaeche und Seen
Mehr als 1000 Jahre alt werden diese Alercen im Park Pumalin
Der Ost Puyuhuapi - 1935 von 3 Deutschen gegruendet

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral March 13th 2008

1. Go to the most deserted place in the Carattera 2. Raise your finger 3. Wait 4. When it gets dark, build a tent (Pasta for dinner is recommended) 5. Wake up early to catch the morning rides (all those early waking truck drivers, there are lots you know...) 6. Realize there is car around you for at least 50km in every direction. 7. Get a bus back to where you started from so that you can leave the damn caraterra already. The Carratera Austral is a long road from the north of Chile to the lake district in central Chile. The road is bad, but is very beautiful. We thought about renting a car but the prices were high, and the fine of returning in a different place then the pickup was even higher. That ... read more
View from the ferry
First and only ride
In the beginning

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral February 17th 2008

Hola Chicas y Chicos, Chile, 4200km lang en max. 350 km breed, heeft een enorme verscheidenheid aan klimaat- en geografische zones. 2 weken terug, staken we de grens over vanuit Bariloche (zie vorige blog) naar het Chileense merengebied in Region X (10), (Chilenen nummeren hun provincies van I(1) tot XII(12) van noord tot zuid). Vanuit Puerto Montt, de havenplaats van waaruit ferries naar het diepe zuiden varen, bezoeken we het Nationaal Park Vicente Pérez Rosales, het oudste nat. park van Chile, en kamperen er aan het Lago Todos Los Santos (het 'Allerheiligenmeer'), dat esmerald groen kleurt. Volgens de Chilenen is dit het mooiste meer van het land, we kunnen hen geen ongelijk geven. Het meer is omgeven door 3 enorme, met eeuwige sneeuw bedekte vulkanen: Osorno (2652m), Tronador (3491m, zie ook gletsjertrek vorige blog) en Puntiagudo ... read more
lago de Todos Santos
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales


South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral February 2nd 2008

After our fantastic time in Southern Patagonia, it was time to make the looong journey north to the Lakes District. There's not a whole lot in between these two regions so we decided to take the 'scenic route' to break up the long journey. We would otherwise have been face with a 24-hr plus bus trip, so the scenic route sounded like a good idea at the time. Patience is a virtue, be prepared for a loooong story here... The first leg of the trip involved the bus trip from El Chalten to Los Antiguos. The bus trip was long and relatively uneventful, save for the french traveller who was humped by a llama at our lunch stop. I was lucky enough to have my camera ready and I took a video that I thought only ... read more
The culprit
The Fu
Every town has one..

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral January 27th 2008

So we (me and barak) got to chile (chile chico, quite a long time ago) and we only had transportation the day after, so we tried our luck with hitchhiking - and it worked, after about 15 minutes we got picked by the only jew in town! we had a pretty interesting conversation (some in hebrew) and he dropped us off at some remote village (puerto bertrand) that barely has 1 minimarket, but the bus we wanted go through. it started raining, and where we were about to camp we found a deserted shed (zrif) so we gave up on putting the tent and just got in it and slept there (for a very long time because it was raining and we had nothing better to do)... in the morning we took the bus to a ... read more

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral January 1st 2008

Catching a ferry across one of the many lakes that are scattered over Chile, we arrived to much longed for pavimento (tarseal); finally a break from corrugated gravel roads! We envisaged smooth rides with thekilometres whistling past our tyres ... but it seemed that Patagonia wished for us never to forget that we are in a powerful landscape, and we were faced with several days of 30-40 knot headwinds, once again testing our morale and inner strength. However, the greater the challenge means the sweeter the reward - fresh food, a comfy bed and hot showers in a Hospedaje (backpackers), that was so clean that even Kate´s grandmother (who had a slight obsession with cleanliness) would have approved. New Years arrived to much anticipation of experiencing a South American ´Feliz Años Nueve´ (Happy New Year). Local ... read more
tazmanian devil?
our new friend
sometimes its just easier to walk

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral December 27th 2007

All we wanted for christmas was a steamroller, or failing that three mega souped up (well supported) brassieres. This last section of road we found tough; the loosely gravelled corrugations were as large as ocean swells; when you´re in one, you can only see the top of the helmet of the rider in front. joggle joggle joggle. All in all, we were reduced to 30km days, which is quite slow in cycle-touring terms, especially when we met two French chaps who are RUN-touring around South America. They were doing 40+km days! Anyhow Santa obliged, (how he found our tents on the most remote beach in South America I will never know), providing both the aforementioned steamrollered road, AND honking tail winds. The baking 32 degree heat, dust and numerous hills certainly made our Xmas day memorable, ... read more
no mas

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral December 27th 2007

It appears that Penny was not alone in having a less than perfect spanish tranlation of her name... After 8 weeks of introducing one of our number (I won´t say who) as Kate, we discover that it translates as a ´cocaine based loaf´. To preemptively prevent any further nomenclaturial mishap, there have been a few changes (see above), to some good wholesome spanish names. ... read more

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