Day 300 – Arriving in Quellon

The first time I woke up I knew I wanted to continue to sleep. When I looked toward the kitchen the line for a cup of coffee was at least 15 deep and I was still quite tired. I decided to go try and sleep some more. I didn’t get back up until close to noon. After brushing my teeth I headed towards the deck for a view. The sun was strong and the views were  as great as yesterday. I then had breakfast and began to catch up on my writing. A little into writing I was told there were some dolphins outside so I headed out. I saw a little splashing but nothing close enough to take a picture of. At the same time we were docking on our next port and I went to the front of the ship to see what the port looked like. While…

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Day 301 – Leaving Quellon & Arriving in Castro

I slept in today while Nichos, Eirik and the Japanese gentlemen that were part of our ad hoc hostel group headed to Castro early in the morning. I wanted to do a little walking around Quellon before leaving. Mitch and I walked to where I thought the end of the Pan American Highway was but I was led astray by google maps and my own stupidity. Of course it would end by the water. It turns out I walked us in the wrong direction. After giving up on finding the end of the highway we walked around town enjoying the coastal views. The hunger was kicking in so we decided to get some food at the supermarket. There, we ran into Kate again and a mutual friend of theirs, Jaime. He suggested we take a cab to Hito 0, the end of the Panamerican highway. We wound up doing this…

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Day 302 – A Tour to Dalcahue, Tenaun, Isla Mechuque & a Curanto

Eirik had let me know of a tour he was going to do today so I met up with him in the morning to get a spot on the tour as well. The tour first took us on a bus to Dalcahue where there is one of the 16 churches deemed by UNESCO to be a world heritage site. To our surprise the church was undergoing extensive renovations. Eirik and I peeked in to see some of the work. The photo below is the work area next to the church. The restoration was not all done with traditional methods, I pretty sure Tyvek did not exist during it’s original construction. After checking out the church we walked around Delcahue for about an hour. We got in some water views, as well as a small artisan market. Then it was back to the bus to head to Tenaun, where we would…

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Day 304 – Church of Nercon

After spending the majority of the day yesterday recovering from my night of drinking, today I happily woke up without a hangover. The plan for today was meet up with Kevin and go to a church in Nercon. Kevin was going to bike from Chonchi and stow away his bike at my hostel. He’s one of the cyclists making their way about the continent and we have been hanging out on and off since the beginning of South America. This is our third meeting. Once Kevin arrived we headed to get some food before walking the 5k to Nercon. The walk there was pleasant and did not feel very far. When we got I was grateful that the church was open. When Eirik and Nichos had visited it was closed. Because of this I quickly went in. Pretty quickly we were told the church would be closed. We probably got…

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Day 305 – Church of Chonchi

Today I packed up from my luxurious private room. Before departing I had some food at what has become one of my go to places in town, La Brujula. It has a fantastic cup of coffee and some of the best ice cream I’ve had to date. After my delectables I went to the local bus station. Immediately I got on a bus headed to Chonchi. I met Kevin at his hostel and as he packed his stuff, I took the opportunity to visit the Chonchi church (Iglesia de San Carlos Borromeo). Outside of the church was the first time I recall being asked for money on the continent. Back home I feel this happens to me on an every other day basis and it is definitely not something I miss. There was something very calming about this particular church. I was the only person there other than the beggar…

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