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South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral December 15th 2008

A few days ago we departed Trevelin, Argentina and our lovely campsite amongst the fruit orchards that we had all to ourselves (well that was because it was still closed), and headed towards the hills to Paso Futaleufu. Named after the amazing milky green giant river that we followed into Chile, a world renown whitewater destination. We camped at a desserted old campsite, that had a thick coating of fine white grey dust, that we concluded was ash from the Chaiten Volcano (which is currently errupting). Unfortuanately this is as close to the volcano as we got, our ideas of passing through Chaiten the town and doing a wee loop round Chiloe got squashed when we learnt that Chaiten is still under evacuation orders, that have been in place since May! So unfortunately the isla of ... read more
Glacial goodness...

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

Nach einer Zeit in absoluter Wildnis sind wir mittlerweile wieder halbwegs in die Zivilisation zurueckgekehrt. Wir haben das Abenteuer Carretera Austral gluecklich bei allerschoenstem, fuer diese Region untypischen Wetter ueberstanden. Dabei fing alles etwas holprig an. Ungeplant sind wir 5 Tage in Coyhaique geblieben, da bin mein kurz vor der Reise operierter Zahn ploetzlich wieder geaergert hat und ich zum Zahnarzt musst. Ein Glueck konnten mir Chus und Santi vom Hostal Las Salamandras mit einem guten Zahnarzt weiterhelfen (muchas gracias chicos!). Aber auch dieser Zahnarzt stand vor einem Raetsel und schickte mich zu einem sensationellen Spazialisten. Der loeste fuer ganze 30 Euro ein Problem, dass seit Jahren kein Arzt in der Schweiz oder in Deutschland gefunden hatte. Die Zaehne stehen falsch aufeinander und er musste sie abschleifen (ein Ergebnis meiner frueheren Zahnspange). Du... read more
Nina bei dem Aufstieg auf den Cerro Cinchao
Auf dem Gipfel des Cerro Cinchao
On the road..

South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral May 22nd 2008

Just four weeks before the ash, we were there, at these wonderful, unforgetable places. We love to travel in our cars on Chile and Argentina, enjoying such beautiful views and experiences. Our two models cars have been selected to support our trips, running on routes from highways to ranch roads and green lands. During the last ten years, traveling more than 250 000 kilometers, we've inspected an extensive portfolio of runways, lands, properties, facilities, carriers and attractions for barrier-free accessibility, so you can plan your itinerary with us to avoid any such difficulties. ... read more
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South America » Chile » Aisén » Carretera Austral May 1st 2008

Ehrenamtliche Taetigkeit im Natural Park Pumalin Voluntary Work in Natural Park Pumalin 1. Allgemeines / Preface German: Ich habe es mir nicht nehmen lassen, einmal in die Welt der Wiederaufforstung der Regenwaelder in Chile reinzuschnuppern und einen Monat lang als Volunteer in einem Natural Park (Park Pumalin) gearbeitet. Es ist ein atemberaubend schoener Regenwald mit einer Flaeche von ca. 740'000 Hektar. Die jaehrliche Niederschlagsmenge betraegt hier ungefaehr 6'000 mm (im Vergleich: Die mittlere Niederschlagsmenge betraegt in Deutschland 830 mm pro Jahr). Der Park unterteilt sich in verschiedene Gebiete. Eines davon ist Vodudahue (http://www.parquepumalin.cl/content/eng/index.htm) Dort werden 2 verschiedene Projekte verfolgt: Zum einen die Baumschule als Teil fuer die Wiederaufforstung der Waelder, in der ich auch gearbei... read more
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Vodudahue 10
Vodudahue 3

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
Cochamo-vallei

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..




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