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South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral April 18th 2009

Hey gang sorry its been so long we´ve just been incredibly busy in the last month and more. Firstly we got a boat from some random place in Uruguay down soem winding tributuries (thats my 5th attempt atspelling that word and i nkowits still along way of) witha few wooden shacks dotted around, then got near argentina and shacks were replaced by fishing lodges and rich kids on speed boats then we actually got into argentina to soem horrible resorty place but got a non underground tube to central Buenos Aires. Where we found a hostel which you walk into and you´re at a bar so inevitably you buy a drink and then you hear smooth familiar voice to turn round and see Tony, the guy from Salta, greeting us in his sensual manner and so ... read more
Recoletta Cemetario
Sea Lions
Brave or Stupid

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 » Aisén » Carretera Austral March 19th 2009

It´s been a couple of weeks since the last update so we´re backtracking a bit here. Going back a couple of Thursdays: THE PLAN: Get this bus (Friday morning) a few hours south to Villa O Higgins and do a couple of days trek over the border into Argentina and the small town of El Chalten and do a few days trekking around there as it is supposed to be really nice. After that, we would go to El Calafate to see the Perito Moreno Glaciar and then back into Chile to visit Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine. These 3 places are 3 of the main reasons why we chose to come to southern Chile and Argentina in the first place THE REALITY: The day before the bus we spent wandering around Cochrane buying all the ... read more
The road that rarely floods
We´re the police. We´re ace.
Get back to Cochrane

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral March 5th 2009

WE ARE IN A NICE town called coyhaique at the moment waiting on a ferry up to peorto monte. it is a 20 odd hour ferry trip up through a load of islands and past a volcano in chaiten that has been erupting for the last 2 weeksthat is why we are getting the ferry the whole road and town is gone and everyone has been it should be fairly cool. any how back to where we are.we came here because there is a road through the middle of chile called the carretera austral that we read about boasting the best scenary in the world.but the catch is there is no buses that pass through all of it because its basically not a road but a we knew that with our lifetime of driving ... read more
Cooking dinner in our truck
Early morning after Rain
Darlene 097

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral March 5th 2009

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral March 5th 2009

Buenos Dias, Now this may be a bit long winded but it is the tale of a 20 hour trip that turned into 3 days and our eventual surprising welcome to Chile! We thought we had it all worked out. Last time we were speaking to you we were going to get a bus to Los Antiguos in Argentina, get a 10 min bus ride over the border to Chile and a Ferry to Puerto Ibanez and a bus to Coyhaique. Simple. We started off on Wednesday at 8am on a lovely cool air con chariot, but were swiftly moved to a steaming hot coach, were we spent 15 hours! Hell. We rocked into a tiny little town Los Antiguos with one hostel around midnight and stood about trying to communicate with the owner. We quickly ... read more
Carratera Austral
Darlene 004
Darlene 007

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral March 4th 2009

After a couple of days in Puerto Tranquilo we got the bus a couple of hours south to Puerto Bertrand which was somehow even smaller than Tranquilo. There were less than 20 houses, 2 tiny shops and more stray dogs per capita than any village on Earth. It lies on the shore of a small lake called Lago Plomo which has beautiful clear, turquoise water and is the start of the Rio Baker, one of the largest rivers in Chile. We found a house that allowed camping in the garden and put the tent up under the watchful eye of a tiny kitten whose name was Nicole. It was pure white and had one green eye and one blue so naturally, we renamed it Bowie. Bowie took an immediate like/dislike of Sarah´s hair and started to ... read more
Cute or evil?
All aboard
Clear water

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral March 2nd 2009

So, we got the bus on the Wednesday morning and travelled about 6 hours south down the Carretera Austral to a tiny village on the shores of Lago General Carrera called Puerto Tranquilo. The road down had some spectacular views of jagged mountains and we saw our first glaciars hanging around the top of some of them. Puerto Tranquilo consisted of about 50 houses, a couple of minimarkets, 2 cafes and a few places to stay. We found a friendly little hospedaje behind a shop and stayed there for a couple of days wondering what we could find to do. On the first night, we got talking to an Australian woman who told us about a tour to a glaciar about 80 km to the West down a road that had only just really been completed. ... read more
View over lake from Puerto Tranquilo
Waterfall on the way to the glaciar trek
Water hole in the glaciar

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral February 18th 2009

I left you with me getting a lift at 8pm from Rio Tranquilo, and I promised adventure. I hope what follows will live upto your expectations. The first section of the journey was devoid of adventure, but full of amazing views. As we'd made such a late start, we got to see the sun setting over the lake, which was really something. Signs of the downpour last night were definitely evident though, as a couple of times we had to slow down, as the road had turned into a river. The slow progress meant we arrived at Puerto Guadal, just past the crossing for Chile Chico, at around 10.30pm. Here, we stopped to get a bite to eat, as none of us had eaten earlier as we weren't sure when our lift would arrive. It was ... read more
Lago General Carrerra
More of the Lago

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