Monthly Archives February 2013

Puerto Varas Chile to Bariloche Argentina, over the Andes

Two day trip
Over the pass
Some by bike
Some by boat
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It was an amazing trip. We had to wait out the rain and it was worth it.
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It was 56 km from Puerto Varas to the first boat. After that boat ride, we cycled 18 km on gravel to the base of the pass. We camped there and then cycled the 7 km up the pass and 4km down to the second ferry. After a short 6 km ride and the third ferry we arrived in Bariloche (think Lake Louise). We did a video of is brief trip.
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Click here to Climb every mountain
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J and D

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Cycling around Lake Llanquihue (225 km)

Chile’s largest lake
Near Volcano Osorno
Hills and valleys
Black berries galore
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We started in Puerto Varas and spent several days cycling, staying at Ensenada, Puerto Octay and
Frutillar.
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It was a lovely several days of rides. We did get lots of rain so we took time off.
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We checks the weather in Puerto Varas and Petborou before we started. Temperature was same same but different.
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Taking a lunch break from the rain.
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Blackberries for desert.
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Wine on the left, rum on the right.
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In Puerto Octay we stayed at a lovely Hostel. Some people booked the Hobbit house.
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Click here to view the Hobbit House
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We were late checking in so we had to stay in a dorm ( too rainy for tenting).
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Click here to see 360 degree view of dorm
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We saw Chile’s version of the maid of t...

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Puerto Natalas back to Puerto Montt (Sky Air 1,100 Km’s)

Chile sure is a very long and narrow country.
We took this flight back to where we started our bike trip, and we are ready to start to cycle tHe Lake District.

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Puerto Montt is the starting point of Patagonia ( The explorer Magellan gave them their name, as it meant big feet).
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Click here to learn more about Patagonia
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J and D

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El Calafate to Puerto Natalas (bus 300 km’s) & Hiking Torres del Piane

Getting near bottom
Torres del Paine
Hike the “W”
Survive the winds

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It was an easy bus ride with another boarder crossing back into Chile.

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After a few days of planning, renting of packs and poles we struck out to hike the Torres del Paine. There are two routes, the full circuit, or the W. we chose to do the W. we planned on staying in the park 6 nights because we had the time.
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We chose to hike 18 Km’s in from the administration building, and then hike the W from west to east.
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While campsites were busy, most of the time hiking was not too busy.

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After hiking in, we pitched our tent at Paine Grande. The winds were so strong that we huddled our tent in with others in a little corner, protected by a berm.
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Click here for camping at Paine Grande
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It rained day two so we spent what ...

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El Chalten to El Calafate (bus 220 km)

4 strong winds
That blow lonely
Down the pampas
In southern Patagonia
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Click here – Davo gets a birthday greeting

It is really difficult to describe the winds. They can be strong and constant, Or very gusty, and unpredictable. They are no friend to people in tents, all part of tackling Southern Patagonia.
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The great activity in this town is seeing Glacier Pedro Moreno glacier. Seeing a glacier up close is magical. Thinking of the ice ages, how our landscape was altered (Armour hill in East City Canada is a drumlins, as a result of glacial activity).
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As expected, there are many small icebergs flowing as a result of ice breaking off the glacier.
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Click here to view ice breaking from glacier
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In the village we saw wild flamingos.
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Click here to see wild flamingos
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J and D

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Hiking El Chalten

Biking sore muscles
Try some hiking
Maybe different muscles
Wait and see
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El Chalten is the newest town in Argentina. It was established in 1985. It appears the Argentinians built the town to stake claim to the area, which was in dispute. This is a tourist town and one can do day or overnight hikes to Mt. Fitz Roy and other mountains in the area. You can start the hike from your hostel, no need for a transfer.

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Click here to view hiking mt. Fitz Roy
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Click here to see a little friend on the hike
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Click here for more Fitz Roy video
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In the end, hiking does use some different muscles and we were very sore the next few days.
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J and D

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Los Antiguos to El Chalten (640 km by bus)

Ride the pampas
On the bus
Strong strong winds
Biking not safe
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This starts our backpacking/hiking part of the journey.
It is about 640 km by small bus over the pampas of Argentina. I had heard of pampas but did not know what it meant.

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Click here to learn more about Pampas
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We had a minor bus breakdown. The driver got under with a tool kit and replaced a hose nd away we go. Very hot, dry and so windy it knocks you off your bike or even worse, into traffic.
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It was a lovely ride, as it was a 9 hour ride, they planned a few stops like Siberia.
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This man lived alone at Siberia, making fresh pizzas for his bus guests. It was a Siberia, baron, isolated, yet he had forged a very lovely quiet life.
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We saw lots of ostrich and guanaco.
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Chile Chico to Los Antiguos (35 km)

Chile to Argentina
Not perfect paperwork
When lemons appear
Make good lemonade

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It is a quick ride between these two towns. Most of our mileage was exploring Los Antiguos, as the border towns are less than 20 km apart.

Both Janis and I had paperwork issues with our visas into Argentina, so,it took a little while.

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Once in town, we shard a lunch with a new friend from Santiago.

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Los Antiguos means “Place of the Elsers”. In1991 Mount Hudson erupted, spreading ash on the entire region. The ash forced evacuation, killed the vegetation which in turn killed the sheep.

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Click here to learn about Mount Hudson Volcano
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The ash was the lemons so they re-tooled using the newly fertilized land and started a very successful cherry industry (making lemonade).

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A local farmer we purchas...

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Puerto Ibáñez ferry ride to Chile Chico

Chicken little camping
Bikes on boat
Nice lake crossing
Another rest day

We camped in the municipal campground at Puerto Ibáñez. Nice quiet spot.
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Click here to see our little camping friend.

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We met a young Chilean couple who show that you don’t need high priced gear.
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Click to view different cycling gear
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Nice ferry boat and ride.

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Click here to see landining
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J & D

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Villa Cerro Castillo to Puerto Ibáñez (40 km)

Abandoned the gravel
Head to pavement
South sounds great
Winds pick up

We left our piece of heaven campsite and cycled back uphill for 8 km back to the turnoff to Puerto Ibanez. It was a wonderful day of cycling with ups downs and lots of sites.
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Click here for video leaving Castillo

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Condors overhead.

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We ran into 10 cyclists who were doing a 5 day tour. They rent a truck and take turns driving so they can have an assisted ride.

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The harbour at Puerto Ibanaz was a stunning turquoise.
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We shared a campsite with some hens and roosters.

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J and D

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