Just another quick update. We put most of our photos from the north of Chilean Patagonia (South of the Carretera Austral from Villa O’higgins to La Junta) the Sur Chico and Isla Chiloe (North of the Carretera Autral including Villa Vanguardia & Chaiten, The Island of Chiloe, Puerto Montt, The Amazing Cochamo, Valdivia and Pucon). And you can find all the best photos from Laurent on his Flickr gallery (Already available Uruguay, Argentina & Antarctica). You can also go and like his Facebook page L.L.P.. So if you are tired of reading, you can just look at the pictures! Click on the ‘photos’ tab and you can search by place. Enjoy!!!
Oh my god, I hate it when a stupid song gets stuck in your head. Especially when you know ALL the lyrics by some senseless osmosis force to the inane song. How does that happen? It's not like I ever purchased the Beach Boys single 'Kokomo' and listened to it over and over thus memorizing the lyrics. But somehow it happened.
For our last two days in Chiloe, we decided to head to the west coast and access the northern part of the Parque Nacional Chiloe. This part is more inaccesible than its southern part but its remoteness lends it a more rugged landscape with little tourists. It reminded me a lot of coastal California with wild beaches, huge cliffs and the pacifc ocean crashing in.
We finally made it to Puerto Montt, beyond exhausted. We were pretty disheveled at this point. The ferry arrived at 6 am and we made our way through a real city! Puerto Montt has just about 200,000 people, so not such a big city by real world standards but for us, it was the largest city we had seen in a very long time. Huge, real double-decker (!) buses rushed passed us. After seeing just minibuses for the past month, these buses looked heavenly.
For the past 5 months, Laurent & I have been traveling around going from one jaw-dropping landscape to the next. But this was truly some of the most beautiful nature I had ever seen. Patagonia in this part of Chile, was vastly different than anything I had ever experienced.
After waiting in Villa O Higgins until Friday we took the "bus". The bus was actually more like a minivan and the ride that followed was just the beginning of our dusty, bumpy journey. Now, when I say dusty...I REALLY mean dusty!!
The next morning we awoke bright and early. I peeked out the tent half expecting to see horses. There were none. We reluctantly packed up and tried to summon up the courage for our day ahead.
What starts out crazy usually ends up crazy. Prelude to our (mis)adventures going north up the Carretera Austral
We should have known from the start that it was going to be crazy. It started out crazy. Why wouldn't the mayhem just escalate from there?
We left the Bark Europa and our Antarctic memories on January 19, 2013 when the boat harbored back into Ushuaia (check out the map if you don't know where that is). So where the hell are we now and why has it taken me this long to write about things that happened months ago??
It was almost time for our Antarctica trip! After 7 days trekking in Torres del Paine, we headed from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas (putting us even further south). We left for Punta Arenas on Christmas Eve and spent Christmas day there too