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Jano Davo

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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National Park Cerra Castillo To Villa Cerro Castillo (38km)

Beat the heat
Cycle at dawn
Start with ascent
Legs like pistons
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We woke early, mixed up a yummy Nescafé instant coffee with powdered skim milk (yum, yum, yummy). Our staple breakfast of oatmeal gave us energy for the day.

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Click here for ideas on chairs for canoeing. and hiking

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Striking views from the summit.

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After more or less a day and a half of climbing (about 1,500 meters total ascent) we were ready for a nice decent. T get a feel for what this is like unassisted, take your 30 pound bike, add 50 pounds of supplies and 10 pounds of water, go to the bottom of Armour hill and spend a day and a half climbing 5,000 feet of ascent. Add to it 35 degree weather and you pretty well get it.

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I left the camera run for about 6 minutes on part of our 15 km downhill decent.
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El Blanco to National Park Cerro Castillo (25 km)

Climb, climb, climb
Hot, hotter, hottest
Horse fly infestation
Like flying piranha
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We left El Blanco and started the climb. Not too steep but lots of it.

We met a lady, Nicole, who was walking the same route we were biking. She walked 22 km per day with a full back pack, including food in a pouch on her shirt and supplies in the bottom of her pants (whatever it takes).

We are on the Carretera Austral, a famous highway in Chile, built by Pinochet.

Click here for more information on Carretera Austral

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We even heard there was a man on rollerblades pulling a little cart a few days ahead of us.

Every once in a while there are roadside monuments put up by truckers to watch over the highway.

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Birds along the way.

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It was so hot that sometimes you rested in the bushes away from the sun...

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Coyhaique to El Blanco (37 km)

Attachment to places
Amenities are addictive
Can’t stay forever
On road again
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We got all packed up to cycle down the road and the calling of one more coffee changed our minds. We stayed a second night.

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We also met up with Alejandro, he was the cyclist who switched rooms with me on the ferry boat so Janis and I could be in the same room. We call him Wyatt Earp. (Love his cycle hat). He is cycling south to capture the heart of a young lady. We wish him well.

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Lovely waterfall along the way.

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We arrived at El Blanco and enjoyed a hot shower. Next we toured the Mate museum. It is the name of this region and also the name of a tea that people of Argentina and Chile drink. It is more than a tea, it appears to be a lifestyle...

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Chacabuco to Coihaique (80 Km’s)

Magnificent river ride
Man eating rhubarbs
Hot long climb
Where’s more water

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We got off the ferry at 7:30 am and were told it is very flat to Coihaique. We believed them. For the first 60 km it was amazing, tail wind, good flat road. For this reason we passed up a couple of nic campgrounds as we were having a very lovely ride.
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Click here to view Cycling in Patagonia

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You can’t believe the size of the rhubarb plants.

Click here to watch a human being consumed by a plant

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Click here to view Bamboo and Berries

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The last 20 km were mostly uphill which surprised us. We climbed and climbed. It was hot and we were running low on water.

Right near the top of the climb was a gut wagon. What a pleasant surprise.

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We consumed lots and filled our water...

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36 Hour Ferry Boat From Quellon to Chacabuco

Scapolomine and gravol
Eliminate queasy feeling
WiFiless for days
Technology withdrawal symptoms

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This is our ferry boat, the Don Baldo.
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Waiting to get on the boat.

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Janis put on a patch and took some gravol and got through the trip in flying colours. During the night we were tossed around a lot, sometimes rolling us from one side of the bunk into the wall. It took about 4 hours to cross the open part and the. We were among the islands the rest of the way.
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Click here to see our room on the ferry

We made lots of new friends on this journey.
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We stopped between these two large islands. As you can see the communities on the islands are very near each other with a small bridge connecting them.

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click here to view dolphins beside the boat

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This i...

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