Angela Koch

Joined April 2017
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  • Day6

    Carretera Austral: Heading to Argentina

    April 8, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    The Carretera Austral (Ruta 7) starts in Puerto Montt and goes southwards to Villa O'Higgins, small town in the very south of Chile.

    I took the first bit of the Carretera Austral passing Chaitén, La Junta, Coyhaique, Puerto Ibáñez crossing the huge Lago General Carrera to Chile Chico.

    The inaccesible Carretera Austral passes national parks, goes through fjords, passes beautiful old trees, sparkling rivers and dolphins in the Pacific.

    Taking the bus here actually means to take a bus, drive an hour, hop on a boat for two more hours, go back on the road ... and so on. There is water everywhere. And sometimes the 240 kilometres to your next stop take more than ten hours.

    Take your time - lots of time - for the beautiful landscapes of the Carretera Austral and its beautiful people.

    And don't loose faith. In this sparsely inhabitated area buses are not frequent and just the important bits are paved. The timetable changes constantly and maybe you've got to wait a couple of days for the next bus or you've got to sleep somewhere cause the minibuses don't drive by night or you even have to find out by asking around the phone number of a private minibus driver taking the route... or buses which should leave at 5am leave at 4:30 instead.

    Between Chilo Chico and Los Antiguos in Argentina there is even no bus service, due to tax issues. You have to walk or hitchhike the border crossing.

    Another big adventure in this part of the world... money withdrawel...
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  • Day5

    Hiking: Vulcán Chaitén

    April 7, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    The little town of Chaitén got even smaller after the erruption of the Volcán Chaitén, spreading a thick layer of ashes over the town, its surroundings and the Parque Pumalín. It was decided by the state to abandon the town. The people residted and rebuilt the town without running water and running on generators. In 2011 the government reversed its decision. Now half of the former population is back and nature is recovering....Read more

  • Day5

    Hiking: Parque Pumalín

    April 7, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    The formally private 700.000 he park is covered by temperate rainforests and it is said to probably be the most diverse one in the world , where trees, fern and moss live in perfect simbiosis.

    It is pretty humbling to look up the 3 to 4000 years old and 3 metres wide Alerce trees. I got absolutely fascinated by the semi-transparent leaves of some plants.

    The Parque Pumalín was created by a US billionaire who formally owned the "North Face", "Esprit" and "Patagonia" - all clothing companies. He stated, that after making money with useless things people actually didn't need, he had to do something meaningful and created this conservation project, evitating that its nature wasn't destroyed by exploiting its ressources. After founder Tompkins died in 2015 the park was somehow donated to Chile.

    I was completely amazed by the dense and dark green forests, clear waters and sparkling waterfalls. On the other hand I was completey attacked by some maybe black flies or other insectos, which I was feeling still weeks afterwards...
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  • Day2

    Sea Lions, Ships & Ceviche in P. Montt

    April 4, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Salmon and sea food is everywhere. At the small fishing port Angelmó, two kilometres from Puerto Montt, I found some delicious ceviche and sea lions comeing by the port for a snack (fish heads from the fish market).

    I took a boat trip from Angelmó around Isla Huar, surrounded by some curious sea lions. Rain ended the trip. Nature is starting getting lusher and greener.Read more

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