Day 299 – Taking a Ferry to Quellon, Chiloe

After working on my taxes, posting, buying my ferry ticket, and getting some Chilean money exchanged to dollars yesterday, today I got up at 7am so that I could finish packing and take a shower before my long ferry ride to Quellon, Chiloe (How’s that for a run on sentence!). I gave a hug to my host and headed toward the bus station. On the way there I realized I had made a wrong turn and at this point I was pretty sure I would miss my bus. When I found the area I was looking for I went into a jog with a 50-60lb hiking pack on my back and a day pack on the front. I got to the bus after the luggage compartment had been closed and the driver seemed ready to go. There was one minute left for departure and he gave me a bit of…

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Day 297 – Reserva Nacional Coyhaique

Today I headed into Reserva Nacional Coyhaique for a day hike. It was only a 5k walk to the park but I made every attempt to hitch a ride. Despite many attempts, I was not successful today. On my hike in towards the park I took a few pictures of the area. I was very excited to see a few windmills in the distance. Heading toward the entrance of the park there was a nice clearing on an inclined hill that allowed me to peek down at Coyhaique. Once at park I started my hike. This park in contrast to many of the ones I have been to on the continent is very green. It reminded me of terrain in the pacific northwest. On the trial I ran into Roy, a gentleman I had run into before in Puerto Williams. We were headed the same way so we paired up…

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Day 294 – 296 – Coyhaique

We left to Coyhaique on a shuttle van in the morning. The dirt road was a little bumpy and most of us were queasy along the way. At one point Maya was feeling very sick so we pulled over to get some air. It was a much welcomed break for the group. On this little break I was able to get a berry snack from the calafate plant which I found on the side of the road. It’s a common berry bush here in Patagonia. The day was cloudy and it was raining quite a bit. You can see below how misty it was today. We continued about an hour further up the road and two of our companions, Maya and Shany were left in Cerro Castillo. The rest of us continued to Coyhaique. Once in Coyhaique the first thing we did there was to get some money out of…

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Day 293 – Capillas de Marmol

Today we would all go to the Capilla de marmol (marble cave). Shany and Maya headed out earlier than the rest of us since they were trying to see the caves early and then skip town. The remainder of us were planning on spending one more night in our apartment. We had amassed a pretty large group at this point. Shany, Maya, Toby, Lauren, Baj, Zane, and myself. Countries represented were Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, and the US. Ethnicities were too many to count. It was a good collection of mutts. Those of us that were remaining in the apartment were interested in kayaking instead of taking the much cheaper boat. It was almost double the price but I felt kayaking there, and going through the marble cave by my own power was worth it. We walked in the direction of the place that rents the kayaks along the dirt…

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Day 292 – Walking across the Argentinian/Chilean border

Today I woke in Los Antiguos at Albergue Padilla with the plan to hike across the border to Chile Chico. I recruited Shany and Maya to walk to the border with me. These were the two girls I met at the bus station yesterday and went to Cueva de las Manos with me. As they packed up I walked around town checking out the small strip of stores on one of the main streets, 11 de Julio. Afterwards I walked up to a mirador that had a good overlook of the town. On my return to the hostel to meet up with the girls I saw my favorite tree again the araucaria araucana. I got really close to it and took a picture of it looking upwards. I got poked by the sharp leaves quite a bit. Probably not my smartest moment. I met the girls back at the hostel…

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