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South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island January 8th 2009

040 - Chile - Ancud 01/08/09 - 01/19/09 Unexpected Chile Here's a little travel hint from the 'engineer half' of Do It Like The Locals: a little spontaneity can add some much needed spice to your travels. Also, don't believe everything you hear or read about a place. Okay, that's two travel hints, I admit, but that's what Chile was for us: spontaneous and quite unexpected. First, Bariloche (Argentina), a town prime with Argentinian tourists from Buenos Aires and other parts of the country. Getting to Bariloche consisted of a 22-hour non-stop bus ride that couldn't have ended late enough. That's right, the bus system of Argentina is so good we didn't want to get off once we arrived. The middle-class seats on their buses are equivalent to first-class seats on airliners (OK, I admit, I've ... read more
Penguins of Ancud, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Great depiction of cooperation between North and South America

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island December 6th 2008

Hello again! wow it has been a very long time since I have written you guys. I have been pretty swamped here finishing my classes and saying good bye. I am in concepcion again after a 5 day long adventure to the south, Chiloe and Bariloche in argentina. The trip was great and my new tent has been serving me well. Chiloe reminded me alot of Ireland, wet cold, cloudy and green. Argentina was another story, Hot. Bariloche was really touristy which I didnt like too much, but they did have some great chocolate and meat. At this point my traveling group and I have returned to Concepcion to change a couple of things in our packs before we start heading to the north of Chile and Machu Pichu! I have 30 days now to get ... read more

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island November 2nd 2008

Fotonovela chilota de los viajeros... read more
todo el mundo nos habia
la frenetica actividad pesquera
sin embargo...

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island October 22nd 2008

I really feel like chilling out at the moment. The grand island of Chiloé appears to be exactly the right spot to pursue that goal, since it's not hard to get around here, not too touristy, but has lots to offer to keep you interested for a couple of easygoing days. the Chilote culture is very different to Chilean culture, and it's quite unique in a sense that mythology plays a very important role in the life of the islanders. The traditonal folklore involves some strange creatures, like Brujos, warlocks with black-magic powers, who try to corrupt and harm the unsuspecting Chiote people, Cai-Cai Vilú and Ten-Ten Vilú, the Serpent God of the Water and Earth, respectively, struggling against each other for supremacy over the domain, and Trauco, a repugnant yet powerful forest gnome who can ... read more
Nothing will tear us apart, milodón
Torres del Paine

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Chiloé Island August 19th 2008

Nach den wunderschoenen Tagen in Chiles Hauptstadt verlassen wir am Samstagabend Santiago mit dem Nachtbus und fahren immer weiter nach Sueden. Durch die wunderschoenen gruenen Huegel und Seen (wir fuehlen uns wie in Irland :-)!) geht es mit Bus und Schiff weiter - nach ca. 17 Stunden erreichen wir die Insel Chiloe - eine Insel, die ungefaehr so gross wie Korsika ist. In der Hauptstadt Castro angekommen beziehen wir ein wunderschoenes, gemuetliches Hostel mit Meerblick und erkunden danach die Stadt - so gut es mit Sandras Kruecken eben geht :-)... Nach einer kleinen Staerkung im Zentrum machen wir uns auf den Weg zum Hafen, wo die alten Fischerboote vertaut liegen und man einen wunderschoenen Blick auf die palafitos, die buntbemalte Pfahlbauten hat! Mittlerweile traegt Indi Sandra schon durch die Gegend - der Arme hat sich sein ... read more
Sandras  Fortbewegungsmittel I
Sandras  Fortbewegungsmittel II
Sandras  Fortbewegungsmittel III

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

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