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South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt March 5th 2017

This was our penultimate stop on the cruise and I was eager to see if the weather would clear to show us the views of volcanic mountains for which the region is reknowned. We did see the ones behind Puerto Montt as we sailed away but from a great distance. Only a couple of months before our trip there had been eruptions but we weren't planning to go that close. Plus there had been a severe earthquake on Chiloe Island. We had booked the full day tour that included a boat ride in the National Park around the other side of Mount Osorno to Puerto Varas (City of Roses) hoping for a close view but the clouds hardly cleared so we saw only the lower slopes. However, en route we saw the devastation caused by the ... read more
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Mount Osorno

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt February 9th 2017

If you Google the Restaurant Cotelè (carnes a las brasas) you may get it's history of a sailor who traveled from South Africa through Tierra Del Fuego, on his way to New Zealand. He loved Puerto Montt, Chile - so much, that he never left and set up a restaurant there. Needless to say I have not wanted to eat for the last two days!!! ... read more
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South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt January 28th 2017

I went to the annual Bierfest, Saturday 21 January, 2017 - of it's 33rd year running. It was a great family day out. With a high German history and population in Chile, Llanquihue, with its beautiful lake and volcano backdrop was full of colour and fun for locals and tourists. I will let the photos tell the story.... read more
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South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt November 26th 2016

Sunday saw us hopping on a bus to Tierra del Fuego National Park where we chose to do a 8.5km walk along the shores of Lago Acagami. The weather is always unpredictable in this part of the world and we started in bright sunshine negotiating, at times a rough path through lovely forest. It took a little under an hour and a half to reach the end which sits astride the Chile - Argentina border amid stunning mountain scenery. The return journey was comolested after a more sedate pace which allowed as to see Caracara ghosting ghrough the forest and to listen for Red headed woodpeckers at work. Only minutes after emerging on the lake shore the weather turned bleek and we headed for a cafeteria about a kilometre away getting quiet wet along the way. ... read more
Lapataia River
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Ruth crosses a stream

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt March 29th 2016

Marie Cet article correspond au WE des 5 et 6 mars 2016 Après une première semaine de travail, nous voilà en week-end !! Nous partons direction Puerto Varas, une petite ville sur les bords du lac Llanquihue. Ce n'est pas loin, nous y sommes en 20 bonnes minutes à partir de Puerto Montt. Le choc est un peu rude... Après le calme de Panitao, nous nous retrouvons dans une station balnéaire qui est l'un des lieux de villégiature préférés des chiliens. Ici, c'est la consommation qui prime...casino, belles voitures, hôtel de luxe...les gens dépensent et le montrent ! Le cadre est joli avec la vue sur le lac et le volcan Osorno et ses neiges éternelles au loin. Nous décidons de louer des vélos pour la journée, on nous a expliqué qu'une piste cyclable permet d'aller ... read more
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South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt March 29th 2016

La première fois que j'ai entendu parlé de woofing c'était il y a quelques années, un collègue avait démissionné pour voyager pendant 1 an en Nouvelle-Zélande et y faire du Woofing justement. Le principe du Woofing est simple, vous travaillez environ 5 heures par jour pendant 5/6 jours par semaine dans une ferme, un hôtel, une association ou encore chez un particulier et en contrepartie vous êtes logé et éventuellement nourri. Les fermes cultivent des fruits et légumes, bio pour la plupart, mais ce peut être aussi des élevages, ou les deux... Dans notre cas il s'agissait d'un particulier, possédant une grande propriété et ne pouvant l'entretenir seul. On y est arrivé en soirée après notre épopée en stop. Notre hôte, Steve, californien d'origine a emménagé au Chili pour suivre sa femme chilienne. Après une courte ... read more
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South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt March 8th 2016

This morning we docked in Puerto Montt on a very glum and overcast day. Apparently Puerto Montt's claim to fame is that two of Chile's 20 active volcanoes are on its doorstep. Unfortunately we couldn't see either of them as we rode the tenders to shore this morning. Bernie booked an independent tour operator for today and those arrangements went without a hitch with us finding our guide, Patty, and our driver, Pedro, easily on the dockside. One of the passengers who had booked this tour left a message on our cabin phone to say that his name is Gerry and he's in cabin bleep, bleep, bleep. Unfortunately the space available for the message ran out before he gave us his details. Another passenger on the tour is a Holland America frequent traveller so he had ... read more
Puerto Montt church
Puerto Montt
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South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt March 10th 2015

We flew from Mendoza, Argentina to Puerto Montt by way of Santiago, Chile. We were booked on Lan Airlines with a one and a half hour layover in Santiago. Since we were entering Chile we had to go through customs when we landed and were told we had to pick up our luggage and carry it through security. The line at customs was over an hour long. When we finally go through we looked for our luggage. Everyone else on the planes luggage was there but not ours. We asked about our luggage, we were told to look in several different spots but no luggage. Then we had to go through a security line to get out of the luggge customs area, the line was 40 minutes long. By the time we got though the exit ... read more
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South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt October 28th 2014

And so the adventure begins...... Onward through Pategonia via the Carretera Austral! We arrived in Puerto Montt this afternoon, after a 2 hour flight from Punta Arenas.... keen to continue our journey in Patagonia, beginning in the north and heading south..... Tommorrow morning we collect our home for the next 4 weeks... it's a 4x4 Hilux ute, with a caravan on the back, equiped with the basics for staying alive and traversing the road which Pinochet designed to unite Chile's remote south. But before that, a quick recount of the last few days... Back in Punta Arenas we visited 2 delightful places. First was on the shores of the Straits of Magellan, where a group of enthusiasts were recreating history, or at least its infrastructure. Completed is a replica of Magellans ship 'Victoria', which he sailed ... read more

South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt March 8th 2014

DAY 18 Today was an early 6 am alarm for a 7 am start with an initial 5 hr drive south from the Paine National Park to Punta Arenas airport via Porta Natales and then a 2 hr flight to Puerto Montt. From Puerto Montt our hotel was located a further 90 min drive to the shores of Todos los Santos, a deep crystaline emerald lake with the stunning backdrop of snowcapped Volcano Osorno. All up a 12 hr day travelling but at least we left behind some nasty weather. Tiring for recovering sick passengers. The hotel itself is like a Swiss chalet and very welcome and an exciting day awaits tomorrow at our doorstep.... read more




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