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Published: January 1st 2011
Chiloe is a huge island right off of Chile. We had to take a ferry to get there. Our first stop in Chiloe was the national park. We camped at the front of the park because we arrived to lake to do any real hiking the first day. We slept well then were off on a long, grueling 35 mile hike. Before we left we got directions from two different people and if anyone knows anything about Chile you could probably guess the directions where not the best. The rangers told us to go along the road for 4 km then the beach for 11km then up a hill and you will find the refugio. You cant miss it they both said. We were both thinking ok along the beach this should be a nice easy peacefull hike but we were very mistaken. We did walk along the beach for a couple hours but then arrived to a river running along the beach. We looked back and found a bridge a couple km back and did not want to back track. The river was pretty deep so we had to take off our pants to cross. Once we crossed we were
thinking we were almost there, wrong again. We made it to the end of the beach then had no idea where to go from there. We had to end up asking a random person on the beach and he showed us the way, which was not easy to find. Then it came the hard part, just when we thought we were almost there. It was an hour and a half hike straight up hill. We had no idea that this was on the hike but we pushed on through. Once we reached the top the hike was amazing, through woods right on the ridge of the cliff so we could view the ocean the entire time. It was the only thing that kept me going. We hiked for a bit longer the came to an open field. We again got lost and had to hike to a nearby house and ask someone inside where we were going. We finally came to the refugio and it was amazing. A little deserted beach where the only way to get there was by treking. We met a few other people along the way and had a great night sitting by the ocean and
campfire. Next day we woke up and made the long trek back, only this time it was a lot easier because we didn´t get lost. When we arrived back in Castro we went out for a good meal and a dinner. Also a shower was much needed after a couple days of hiking with no shower, we were both a little stinky and eric was getting weird looks on the bus. It was a great hike though and strongly recommend to anyone in the area.
The next day we walked around castro and headed back up to puerto montt to begin our journey to Argentina.
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