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Jan 7, 2018 - Friday 5th Chile Island, Castro, Dalcahue and Ancud

Friday 5th January started rainy as we headed out to Chiloe Island approximately a hours drive to a vehicular ferry crossing. We were promised sealions and pelicans, of which we saw one seal on the crossing. As we came into port we thought there were some anglers fishing from floating ring, however they turned out to be Sealions, how could we be mistaken. The rest of the day was spent driving what appeared to be many miles across this Long Island to get to see the sites. Some which was the last Spanish occupied fort in Chile, or should I...

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Jan 28, 2017 - Chiloé Island, Chile

Next morning, we met a different guide and headed out for Chiloé Island, the second largest island in Chile after Tierra del Fuego. We took Pan-American Highway 5, which starts in Fairbanks, Alaska, and continues uninterrupted through Central America, across the Panama Canal, through South America, and ends at the southern tip of Chiloé at Quellon, Chile. Our little segment of HW5 included a ferry trip across the Canal de Chacao, and I spotted some little dolphins (tonninas) leaping and some sea lions frolicking. We stopped at a small...

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Jan 27, 2014 - Chilean Fjords

Saturday to Monday, 25-27 January Days 25-27 Chilean Fjords, Puerto Montt, Castro and Puerto Chacabuco, Chile We've had a fabulous three days of cruising through the Chilean Fjords and have gone ashore to look at these medium sized ports in the shadow of the Andes. We haven't done any organised shore excursions but instead at Puerto Montt we caught the tender boat ashore (interesting with four Filipinos assisting me both on and off the boat. It was quite a walk to the sea front from the port with stairs and ramps and I couldn't take the...

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Dec 3, 2013 - Refugia on Chiloe

So the flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt was not exactly our favourite - the plane was ex-EasyJet, which is never going to put your mind at ease!! It was also incredibly bumpy coming in to land and twisty-turvy - anyway we got on the ground. It was then another three hour journey to get to our hotel on the island of Chiloe - we are now further north and have officially left Patagonia, so the scenery is much more green and verdant looking. Our journey included a short ferry ride, from which we saw pelicans. We arrived at our hotel to...

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May 12, 2012 - Chiloé

En arrivant à Puerto Montt, nous nous sommes trouvés devant un grand dilemme. Il nous restait seulement une semaine avant de retourner à Buenos Aires et encore tellement de choses à visiter dans le sud. Nous retournons à Buenos Aires ce samedi et nous y resterons un mois. Nico va prendre des cours d'espagnol et je vais travailler comme bénévole pour la fondacion leer qui lutte contre l'analphabétisme en Argentine dans le département de récolte de fonds et coopération internationale. Ensuite, nous continuerons notre voyage mais ne...

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Feb 15, 2011 - Castro

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 It felt good to wake up to calm waters and not have to hang on when moving from place to place. Our trip should be back on schedule, now that the readjustments have been made. We arrived in Castro about 2:00 pm. By the time the ship’s tours got underway it was 3:30 pm before Road Scholar got on a tender to get to the city, one of the oldest in Chile. And it looks old. The buildings are modest and show their age. Castro is on the island of Chonchi which means “Slippery City” or “City of Three Floors” in the...

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South America

Nov 24, 2010 - Thanksgiving

Travel is a blessing in itself, but while 'doing it' there are many things which come to mind which make it even better for us. -A free internet or WIFI at our O.N. accomodation...if it has Skype even more appreciated. -Soap and towel as part of O.N. acc. -Cheap or free bathroom facilities that are at least relatively clean, maybe even w/ soap (always found in a McD's). -Toilet paper in bathrooms. -Taxi drivers who don't try to rip you off and maybe they even try to help. -Baggage loaders/unloaders who don't expect a tip (only in Argentina...

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South America Plus

May 10, 2010 - La petite Irlande chilienne

Le Chili est découpé du nord au sud en 12 régions. On quitte Valparaíso et la Vème région, pour Puerto Montt, 15 heures de route plus au sud, dans la Xème région. Et là, le climat et le décor changent : on sort la collection hiver de notre garde-robe, pour faire face au froid et à l’humidité du nord de la Patagonie. On prend le bus sur la route, puis sur un bateau pour arriver à Ancud. Cette petite ville se trouve au nord de la plus grande île de l’archipel de Chiloe. Déprime au bout de 5 minutes de marche sur la terre "ferme" (on ne sait...

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May 4, 2009 - Isla de Chiloe

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD With only our light packs, we set off for Chiloé, the second largest island in Chile (the largest being Tierra del Feugo). When I first read about Chiloé, I decided this was a place I did not want to miss seeing, even though Anil was not impressed with the description of the island as a place where mist and fog envelop the land throughout the year. I must say I had to push him a little in order to be sure we didn’t miss this special place. I couldn’t count on coming back to Chile in the near future, with so much...

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Feb 15, 2009 - La furia de Tlaloc

Amanecio muy nublado y con amenaza de lluvia, el microbus paso por nosotros justo fuera de la cabaña donde nos hospedamos. Recorrimos el camino a Chinquihue, donde tomamos un ferry (con todo y microbus) cruzando el Canal de Chacao y llegar a Chiloé. Chiloé es la segunda isla mas grande del continente despues de la isla de Tierra del Fuego y fue la ultima posicion Española en Chile despues de la Independencia. Como muchos lugares en todo el mundo, vivio una epoca de esplendor e importancia en el pasado, cuando era el puerto mas importante...

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Al Sur

Feb 1, 2009 - The Carretera Austral. Chile.

As soon as we boarded the ferry from Chile Chico to Rio Ibanez, the town from which we were going to hit the Carretera Austral, our trip has been reinvigorated with more excitement, disbelief, energy and sore butts. Really, it has been amazing. The Carretera is a road built during the Pinochet dictatrship of the 70s, which connected many of the most rural towns with the mainland. I would love to get all poetic about how amazing it is, winding through dense forest filled with these ancient trees like the monkey puzzle tree that often lives...

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Jan 13, 2009 - L'ile de Chiloé

Nous sommes sur l'ile de Chiloé, au sud du long Chili. Le paysage et le climat sont completement différents de l'Argentine: beaucoup plus humide, moins de vent, plus de grands arbres...Chiloé a son caractère et tient a sa culture: elle a ses propres coutumes et spécialités culinaires. Nous visitons Chiloé qui est en fait un archipiel constitué d'une grande ile principale et d'environ 40 petites iles plus ou moins habités. Nous y restons une semaine en tout. Le temps tres changeant complique un peu notre manière de s'habiller (tantot t-shirt...

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