Archive for category: Chile

D Futaleufú and the smoke

2008.11.05

Chile, RtWp02 | Geo: -43.1720, -71.8749

Ranking: (3 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Eduardo [cl] and Ricardo [cl] were going to Futaleufú, when they bumped into someone. He was a disturbed hitchhiker, but they still gave him a lift, because they didn’t have any sense of fear. The more they approached Futaleufú, the more the toxicity of the air was. Was a bad day, too dry: all that particles emited by the Chaitén volcano were floating in the air, waiting for having access to someone’s lungs.
Fortunately, they had got some masks to minimise the evil effects of the volcano. Though the masks were not the appropiate ones…
Though the disturbed mind was about leaving Futaleufú immediately, the rain came, and with it, a decent breathable ambient. So he decided to rest, because he only had half an hour of sleep in the 48 hours before.
And I slept, a lot. I faded.
The second day (5), after the rain being poured all night long, was encouraging. Strolling the town and the surroundings, the day passed and an alcoholic night appeared.

Test for the reader
It’s true that they were drunk when they were trying to -using just their wasted memories- draw the sign of “Biohazard”. It all began when the disturbed man associated a pizza with the radiation symbol. In the notebook where they draw, there were only failed and delirious attemps.
Would the reader, without help of any kind but his/her memory, be able to draw perfectly the Biohazard symbol?
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Boca
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Biohazard girl (google images)
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Biohazard girl (google images)

D Chaitén is Mordor

2008.11.04

Chile, RtWp02 | Geo: -42.9226, -72.6916

Ranking: (3 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Having slept around half an hour, and with blurred memories on how I ended up there, I was travelling north. I decided to go to Chaitén, then to Futaleufú through Villa Santa Lucía. Gerard was driving to Chaitén in order to take a colleague back to La Junta. The colleague was going to Chaitén in a ferry. The ferry, coincidentally, was the ‘Don Baldo’.
We were talking while sunrise, driving north, trying to avoid sleepiness. When we approached Chaitén, we could see the effects of the volcano eruption. Still there were a lot of surface covered with ash, especially in the town. As the ferry arrival was delayed, we had time to stroll around the town.
I found a person going closer to Futaleufú, so I did bid farewell to Gerard. Went to Pt. Ramírez, and then, start hitchhiking again.
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D Fleeing away from La Junta

2008.11.03

Chile, RtWp02

Ranking: (2 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)

I got to La Junta when the sun was setting, and I found a quite unpopulated town, quiet. Also, I found many problems to escape from it. But I was lucky, because I found some truck drivers in the hostel I was in; and one of them, Gerard [cl], was going to Chaitén before the dawn.
So before departing, I had time to hit the local bar and have weird conversations with Pato [cl], Andrés [cl] and Aaron [cl].
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D Pt. Cisnes

2008.11.02

Chile, RtWp02 | Geo: -44.7501, -72.6982

Ranking: (2 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

If you want to grow a magnificent hatred for humankind, and you are not very patient, then you should go and try to hitchhike from Villa Amengual to Puyuguapi. From a comprensive “I can understand it, I wouldn’t stop if I saw myself hitchhiking”, I passed to a lot of swearing and desperation, after more than seven hours and many Kms walking with the weight of the backpacks.
Suddenly, I got lucky, and Claudio [cl] stopped and took me to Pt. Cisnes. It was not my destination, but it was far better than being stuck in the middle of nowhere. Well, not stuck, but slowly moving.
I was also relatively lucky with the bus schedule: there was a bus from Pt. Cisnes to Puyuguapi-La Junta on monday (just the day after). Though the touristic place is Puyuguapi, I chose La Junta, because it was further north, and someone told me it had better connections.
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A Mordor (sin hobbit)
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D Villa Amengual

2008.11.01

Chile, RtWp02 | Geo: -44.7891, -72.2124

Ranking: (2 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5)

That sunday I couldn’t find a bus to Puyuhuapi, and I was eager to flee from Coyhaique. That aera of the ‘carretera austral’, without a car, was the beginning of (almost) an adventure. I bought a ticket to Pt. Cisnes, with the intention of getting off the bus in Villa Amengual, camp, and continue the route by other means (walking and hitchhiking).
After getting to Villa Amengual, I talked with Marcelo [cl] and his spanish wife (whose name I cannot remember), and ended up in a night of wine and BBQ, in a place 8Km south to Amengual. Local people and humour.
Low in cash, I found a solution for that night.
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D Coyhaique II

2008.10.31

Chile, RtWp02 | Geo: -45.5713, -72.0683

Ranking: (1 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

Second day, I was thinking about a second trek to the Reserve, but it ended up in a shorter walk, to Piedra del Indio. Usual things, and then beers and dinner with the australians.
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D Into the (little) wild

2008.10.30

Chile, RtWp02 | Geo: -45.5714, -72.0683

Ranking: (1 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

Coyhaique and its natural reserve: After finding an ‘hospedaje’ and stressing the efficient girl at the tourist information office, I walked, or trekked, around 6 hous, around 20Km. To and through the natural reserve.
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D Pt. Chacabuco

2008.10.30 (07:00)

Chile, RtWp02 | Geo: -45.4611, -72.8098

Ranking: (1 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)

Though the shop arrived at 4am, they did let us stay onboard till 7am. Then, I went to Coyhaique (through Pt. Aysen) with the australians.
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D Sailing!

2008.10.29

Chile, RtWp02 | Geo: -44.3081, -73.2074

Ranking: (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Once we embarked, we were presented some prohibitions: we couldn’t get the luggage with us, it had to remain in the lower deck. That rule was imposed to avoid the people getting drunk and having or producing accidents. That rule (along with the lack of foreigners) also defined that trip as a non-touristic travel.
Anyway, they opened the deck and we could get some stuff. With that stuff, inevitably, there were some beers. Well, we drank, but in the privacy of our cabin. My ‘cabinmate’ was Juan.
It was curious that the price difference between a cabin and a seat was very tiny (4 dollars). In some cases, there was an explanation: it’s a company that pays the ticket for its employee. But the difference in comfort was huge. And the travel lasted almost thirty hours… miserly companies. Fortunately, there was a power plug in the room, so I could use the computer.
There were two more foreigners on the ship: Jeremy [au] and Melissa [au]. I would get to know them the next days.

Route:
Quellón – Melinka, Raúl Marín, Balmaceda, Santo Domingo, Melimoyu, Toto Island, Pt. Cisnes, Amparo, Pt. Gaviota and Pt. Aguirre – disembarkation at Pt. Chacabuco.
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Estela
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D Poor Quellón

2008.10.28

Chile, RtWp02 | Geo: -43.1206, -73.6082

Ranking: (1 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)

In a decision of extreme clarity or extreme numbness, I went to Quellón ready to get into a ship to, for example, Pt. Chacabuco. Don Baldo, as I read in a web page, departs each tuesday at 16h, and goes through the Austral range. But it turned out that they delayed the departure till 22h, something that gave me more time.
***(now, waiting, I do write these words)
I stayed for hours in Quellón, walking by small parks where children share space with drunkies and ‘pasta‘ addicts.
‘Naviera Austral’ delayed two more hours the trip, without giving any excuse: finally, we would sail at midnight. To spend the short while, I spoke with random people. And I ended up having beers and talking with Juan [cl] and Pablo [cl]. Fixing the world, or just complaining.
People were pissed off with the company, though they didn’t react very noisily. We were under the tyranny of a monopoly.
After some time, we embarked with a tiny boat, since ‘Don Baldo’ couldn’t get to the wharf. As the boat moved away from the port, some feelings of excitement and disorientation arose. I was somewhat captivated by the lights twinkling in the black sea, while we were getting closer to the ship.
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