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South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island June 11th 2008

The Chiloe archipelago is the northernmost part of the frayed edge of Chile, that tattered jumble of islands and fjords that starts south of Puerto Montt and continues for nearly 3,000km down to Cape Horn. The blending of local and Spanish traditions has resulted in an identity different from that of the mainland, with the rural feel and beach-free nature of the islands keeping tourist numbers down. With home for me being in a coastal area of the UK with inclement weather and a fishing industry, it was going to be interesting to see if any other parallels could be drawn. Rain was to be something of a constant during my stay in the archipelago, and indeed it's viewed as part of the appeal of the region. I based myself in Castro, centrally located on the ... read more
Local potatoes
El Trauco

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island April 28th 2008

Let me start by thanking everyone that was kind enough to remember my birthday. It was an unforgettable event in an incredible locale. I woke up at 5 AM, which is 4 AM by my body clock, on Thursday, April 10th (Happy Birthday, Diane!) to get to the bus station in time for my 6:30 departure. Despite the early arrival of my cab, there were a few moments of tension trying to figure out how to unlock the front door from the inside. In the dark. Without waking up my housemate and la tia, both sleeping in their bedrooms a few feet away. After digging out my house key and discovering the flashlight feature on my cell phone, I made it, and the most difficult part of my adventure was past. The bus to Puerto Montt ... read more

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island April 20th 2008

Hola todos, The Island of Chiloe saw us travelling in the company of Christian and Marij for much of the way. Amidst the grey skies we tried our hand at hitch hiking again - this time with much more success. The local chiloteans were very accommodating and gave us quite a few lifts to various corners of the island. Chiloe was quite a different landscape to where we have been used to with few mountains and wide pastures, little towns with wooden churches and lots of shingles on their houses. Throughout our trip across the island we amassed around 50 different shingle photos as somewhat of a collectors habit to amuse ourselves in the sleepy little towns. The towns themselves consisted of usually one of the famous or if your just a small town less famous ... read more

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island April 18th 2008

Day 172: Buses, Planes and Boats, and the final destination; well, who knows!? "We've gone on holiday by mistake", Withnail, in 'Withnail and I' So here I am, in a random town called Ancud on the Chiloe islands in the South of Chile. To be honest, I didn't actually mean to come here, but was heading a couple of hours further south. Unfortunately things got a bit delayed earlier in the day, and I didn't fancy arriving too late in Castro (my intended destination further south), since I didn't have a map or lodgings, so I got off the bus in Ancud (without accomodation or a map, but at least it was only eight o'clock). The day had started quite well in Punta Arenas, with a hot shower and a hearty breakfast cooked by the hostel ... read more
One of the spirits from Chiloean folklore in Ancud
A whale skeleton
Cannons, still in place in case the Spanish are passing...

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island April 5th 2008

Chiloe, an island off the coast of Chile is promoted as being a tranquil, undeveloped and beautiful island with a country feel and a very strong and interesting culture. One of the hostels we were looking forward to staying in was promoted in our lonely plant book, and a travel brochure as being a seaside hostel in a beautiful coastal town (Chonchi) with a friendly host that took you on tours of his seafood farm and occasionally cooked big meals from that day's harvest. He had bikes, boats and fishing gear to rent, centrally heated rooms and hot water. The island lived up to the promotion a little more than the hostel. I was a little let down by the island though and very let down up the hostel. Still, it was still an interesting experience ... read more
Dinner being cooked in Ancud
Dinner in Ancud
Dinner on a deck which is falling down


South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island March 5th 2008

I went to the island of Chiloé (Chee-low-ay) hoping to find few tourists, peace, quiet, and time to read, write and meditate. Well, I certainly found it. After a 17 hour bus ride, I arrived to an island with beautiful landscapes and quiet seaside villages. As soon as I got there, I wandered around the city of Castro, Chiloé´s largest city. The island is known for its culture of wooden architecture, especially its churches. I visited Castro´s church and was very impressed how beautiful it was. It was definitely unique. Since I was alone, I had an amazing amount of liberty and was quite indecisive as to what to do. I knew that I wanted to accomplish a little sightseeing while finding places to relax throughout the journey. I decided to head to the least visited ... read more
Apple empanada
Pre-sunrise, Castro

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island February 18th 2008

Eilisiltana lahdin viela kaymaan lahibaarissa enka paassyt sen pidemmalle. Yhdessa poydassa pelattiin shakkia. Jain katsomaan pelia ja paasin sitten itsekin pelaamaan. Voitin useimmat pelini. Baari tuli valilla tayteen vakea ja juttelin myos muiden asiakkaiden kanssa. Eilen olin pohtinut sita olisinko ostanut 12000 pesolla pakettimatkan kansallispuistoon. En ostanut. Tuli nukuttua pitkaan ja vasta klo 12:n jalkeen paasin bussiasemalle. Klo 12.30 lahti bussi kansallispuistoon Cucaon lahelle. Ostin lipun siihen. Vieruskaverina oli chicagolainen Stephanie, joka oli Santiagossa vaihto-oppilaana. Noin 70 km:n matka kesti sen verran, etta perilla oltiin vasta klo 14. Kavin ensin katsomassa pienta jarvea. Pyysin yhta naista ottamaan minua kuvia. Han oli Ana Barcelonasta. Lahdin viela hanen ja hanen ystavansa Sofian kanssa katsomaan Tyynen valtameren rantaa ja kuvasimme toisiamme. Rannelle me... read more
Tyyni valtameri
Lahdossa Chonchista
Chonchin kirkko

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island February 16th 2008

Hyvin nukuttu yo. Runsas aamiainen: leipaa ja lisukkeita riittaa. Majapaikkana on siis Eilisen paivan olin ilman kahvia ja alkoholia. Kahvia tuli juotua taas tana aamuna. Eilisiltana oli hyva tilaisuus taas tarkkailla etelaista tahtitaivasta. Tunnistan jo Etelan Ristin, Kentaurin, Kölin ja Purjeen tahdistot. Vein pyykit pesulaan. Poikkesin puukirkossa. Tulin katsomaan nettiini chilelaisliittymani saldoa. Nakojaan ulkomaan viestit ovatkin kalliita, joten enpa enaa lahettele niita. Soin runsaan lounaan ja hain pyykit pesulasta, hintaa tuli 2400 pesoa, siis vajaa 4 euroa, painoa 2,2 kg. Minulle oli suositeltu Chiloelaisten tapojen juhlaa (29. festival costumbrista chilote). Juhlaan paasi kun hyppasi bussiin jossa luki "al parque" eli puistoon. Puisto sijaitsi muutaman kilometrin paassa keskustasta maella. Sisaanpaasy oli 600 pesoa ja bussimatkat te... read more
harkia ja emantia
liha paistuu

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island February 15th 2008

Aamun ensimmainen matka oli lahiosta keskustaan pikkubussilla, jossa oli 26 istumapaikkaa ja sallittu huippunopeus 50 km/h. Kun paasin aamupaivaruuhkassa viimein linja-autoasemalle, ostin lipun bussiin, joka lahti Castroon 5 minuutin paasta. Saareen siirryttiin lautalla, josta tuli mieleen viime kesan matka Turun saaristoon. Tallakin lautalla oli pienoinen kahvila. Chiloen saarella ei nakynyt enaa vuoria. Makia kylla piisasi. Metsia ja laitumia oli vaihtelevasti. Hostellissa oli tilava huone, ja saatoin purkaa rinkkani sisallon kokonaan kaappiin. Sattumalta paikallinen kirjasto tuli vastaan. Rekisteroidyin tahan jarjestelmaan, jotta saatoin kayttaa kirjastossa tietokonetta. Kavin selvittamassa miten pesula toimii. Vien sinne huomisaamuna vaatteitani pesuun. Kavin kavelylla satamassa. Ostin nahkaisen kolikkokukkaron. Kavin syomassa palafitossa lohta. Kavin katsomassa... read more

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island February 11th 2008

My next stop was Ancud, on the island of Chiloe. The island itself is very different from mainland Chile, geographically anyway - the website for one of the hostels I've stayed at described the landscape as being like that of the Shire in Lord of the Rings. The main industry in the island is fishing, and where there's fishing there are usually lots of seafood I admit my reasons for visting were motivated by my stomach as much as anything else! One the first day I was there, I just spent the day wandering the town and the surrounds. Slightly alarmingly a building in the centre of the town had caught fire and was billowing smoke everywhere...seeing as everyone else in town seemed to be treating the fire as a spectator sport, I didn't feel ... read more
Ancud port
Around Ancud
Seaweed drying

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