So… You decided to stay tuned after the credits? Well consider yourself lucky, because in Valparaiso, we were fortunate enough to see some of the most epic artwork that no gallery or exhibition could ever contain. Just as Galileo was considered a heathen and The Beatles were considered a blight on established music, graffiti has […]Read more "Bonus Footage"
January 1st and January 2nd. Puerto Montt to Ancud, Chiloé Island and Onward to Puñihuil. Road: Ruta 5 south to the ferry at Pargua is a paved highway. The toll is 550 pesos per bike. Take exit to Pargua (Ruta 5 continues) to find the boat. There is a paved two-lane road to the […]Read more "The Grand Finale"
Dec 30th and 31st, Navimag Ferry: Click here to hear about the Mickey Mouse operation that is the Eden schedule. Puerto Chacabuco to Puerto Montt. 21 hour scheduled sailing. Dep. 5 pm, Arr. 3pm New Years Eve. It is worth noting that the ferry actually drops you off about 5 miles down the […]Read more "Puerto Chacabuco to Puerto Montt"
Dec 29th and 30th Coyhaique to Puerto Chacabuco Navimag Ferry: Important: Check ferry times with a human in the ship offices, some leave early. Road: In Coyhaique, the streets are decently paved, many one way with small arrows on the street signs… choose your route accordingly! Drivers uniformly sane, if all the world’s drivers had […]Read more "Coyhaique to Puerto Chacabuco"
Dec 28th Puyuhuapi to Coyhaique The Road: Entering Puyuhaupi from the north there is a small Copec station, not on main road but just visible to the right before the shops. There are several kilometers of paved road along the lake then 50k on ripio to the junction to Puerto Cisnes, then some pavement. After […]Read more "Puyuhuapi to Coyhaique"
Dec 27th Chaitén to Puyuhuapi Road: Ruta 7 is a good two-lane road, well marked, 44k to Puerto Cardenas and the impressive bridge over the Rio Yelcho. An Obras Publicas sign indicates work on road to Vila Santa Lucia, 35 k ahead. Lots of men at work signs, though no actual men around, no […]Read more "Chaitén to Puyuhuapi"
December 26th IN PATAGONIA Road : Puerto Montt to Chaiten. Two lane paved road, well marked, and in good condition to the first of three ferry crossings at Punta la Arena. Crossing time about 30 minutes. Buy tickets on board. 2nd section, part paved. Ripio section about 7k, paved, then second section of ripio for […]Read more "PATAGONIA"
Dec 25th, Sunday. No riding today. Terror in the morning. I had a medical scare after breakfast. Lost my balance walking across the room, sudden dizziness. Took a second to react. Hauled Dominic out of the bathroom and we stood in the doorway watching the light fixtures swing around. He wondered if the volcano, well […]Read more "Christmas Day"
Dec 24th Saturday Road; Puerto Varas to Ensenada. The journey was 45 km on two-lane paved road. Again, the road is in very good condition with only light traffic. There is a gas station and many eateries in Ensenada. Along the way are several paved Miradors with lake views; the closest to Ensenada has […]Read more "Puerto Varas to Ensenada"
Dec 23rd Friday Road: Frutillar to Puerto Varas. From Ruta 5, a two-lane paved road takes you into Frutillar and through to Llanquihue. There are gas stations en route each end of town. A paved road connects back to Ruta 5. What appears on the map to be a dirt road connects to […]Read more "Bahia Mansa to Frutillar / Llanquihue / Puerto Varas"