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South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral » Futaleufu April 5th 2009

Wednesday saw me and my Swiss-Israeli companions getting stuck in La Junta - no bus connections, of course -, a very sleepy town. We walked through the night in a slight drizzle, needing about an hour to find a hostel that had free rooms. Luckily, the lady of the house was more than friendly. I made an unimaginably great breakfast, which cheered me up to quite the extent. Scrambled eggs made love to avocado and a fine regional cheese, and all of this in tasty chilean bread. Nice. The 'bus' we took the next day most likely broke my arse and knees, but the scenery was more than worth it. Upon arrival in Futaleufú, I bargained half an hour over the price of my spot on camping Laguna Espero: the owner and me got to like ... read more

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral April 1st 2009

The Carretera Austral links the previously inaccesible (well, only by boat) villages south of Puerto Montt in Chile. It's a pretty rough track, winding past fjords, lakes and rocky mountains. While travelling on it, one sees the vegetation change from south Patagonia's lenga and ñire woods to a lush temperate rainforest. Tall trees, damp moss, bamboo and a really sexy scent coming of the forest make for quite the new outdoor experience. If it weren't for the pretty damn low temperatures, this would feel very tropical. I started of in Coyhaique, a rather uninteresting town with the very nice camping Alborada (or was it -o). The owner thought i was slightly out of my head - ¡¿Quieres acamper te en este tiempo?! It was raining and the temperature was around 2 degrees celsius indeed, but well, ... read more
Ventisquero Colgante
Elad and me

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 27th 2009

After leaving Tierra del Fuego, a busride led me to Punta Arenas, the first real city i've visited since Buenos Aires. It's quite the likeable town, both classy and shabby. Old colonial buildings, palaces and houses in that pretty weird chile-meets-scandinavia style make you forget the less interesting newer architecture. After a night here (with a whopping breakfast, in Hostel Independencia) and meeting Lesley, who soon became my travel companion, the road went on to Puerto Natales. Puerto Natales is fairly uninteresting, and serves mainly as a planning, transport and recovering hub for those visiting Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. After buying the necessary food and supplies for the trip (we intended to survive on chocolate, Gran Cereal cookies, mashed potatoes, polenta, prepackaged sauces and dried mushrooms), me and Lesley set out to Torres del Paine. ... read more
trekking the back of the circuit
making my way to the pass
the fellowship

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia March 11th 2009

Ushuaia presents itself as the southernmost city of the world, and while this might not exactly be true, it's certainly gained mystical status for its location. And a fine location it is: in the south the Beagle channel borders the town, while the north is ruled by snowcapped mountains. I wasn't so interested in Ushuaia itself, its center caters to cruise and adventure tourists, and its suburbs aren't so fascinating. But the nature around it is more than worth coming this far south. Exactly one year before arriving here by hitchhiking, i met the love of my life, and this 11th of March feels very lonesome without her. Luckily, i ran into Cesar and Gaston - previously met in Tolhuin - again, so we could drown at least some of the yearnings in Malbec from Mendoza. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego March 8th 2009

This small town in the heart of Tierra del Fuego, on the eastern shore of Lago Fagnano, became the first place where i felt not just like passing through, since leaving Buenos Aires. Tolhuin tries hard to attract more visitors, but most still don't get any further than it's more than decent bakery - doubling as a busstop for those heading to or from Ushuaia. A man called Ricardo told me it's growing uncontrollably, but so far everything seems very quiet: if you want to get away from the crowds of Ushuaia, this is a fine place. After getting some groceries (i mistook balsamico vinegar for olive oil, and some kind of culinary soda powder for salt), i walked to Camping Hain. This is one nice campground, with a lot of fresh firewood, and barbeque places ... read more

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » Puerto Deseado March 3rd 2009

Leaving Buenos Aires after five days was harder than i expected at first, but my first Argentine bus made up for it: an overnight cruise in coche ejecutivo changed all my views on travelling by bus (mind you, i already liked travelling by bus before). A waiter, blanket, pillow, fully reclining seat, drinks and snacks kept me entertained on my road to Viedma, a fairly uninteresting town. Luckily it has a nice municipal camping by the river, and a magnificent, dodgy ferry can take you to the other side of Rio Negro, where Carmen de Patagones welcomes you with old buildings, steep streets and fine river sights. I undertook some minor city exploration, which made me feel like Clint Eastwood entering a sleepy town. Later on, i attempted drawing and i succesfully washed my clothes before ... read more

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