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  • Day71


    January 5 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    After heading north for new year's eve, we flew back south to explore the island of Chiloé. This island is known for being quite culturally different from the rest of Chile and also a windswept, shrouded in fog kind of place. However, bright blue skies greeted us when we arrived in Ancud, our base town.

    This was our first chance to see penguins, so we joined a tour that took us to a few of the penguin inhabited islands. My favourite moment was seeing one gracefully fly out of the water onto the rocks, only to then bumble their way over some seaweed, falling backwards a few times, to join the others further up the cliff.

    The southern tip of the island was where our ferry departed, so we spent the next day travelling south and stopping off at a few places. Chiloe is also known for its wooden churches and houses built of stilts, hanging out over the water. The churches especially are fascinating and you can tell they have been built by seafaring people, who are more familiar with building ships.

    In the capital of the island, Castro, I lost my next item of clothing; my watch. I had a bad habit of taking it off to put sun cream on and had already nearly lost it in Sao Paulo. However, this time it was gone before I realised I'd left it behind. It was a Casio I'd bought from Argos, so you can just imagine how expensive a loss that was.

    Our ferry wasn't leaving until 11pm and as we had plenty of time, we spent a few hours in a restaurant on the seafront looking out over increasingly moody skies, with both excitement and trepidation as we were about to truly venture off the gringo trail.
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  • Day44

    Ab auf die Insel Chiloé

    February 8, 2018 in Chile ⋅

    Wir haben uns einen Mietwagen genommen, diesen kurzerhand zur Chaos-Karre umfunktioniert und erkunden nun mit unserer Dreckschleuder die Insel Chiloé. Chiloé ist ein Paradies für Naturburschen und Vogelliebhaber (mit dem Weitwinkel lassen sich die gefederten Tierchen leider nur schlecht abbilden) und bietet ausreichende Möglichkeiten zum freien Campen. Das Wetter ist leider nicht auf unserer Seite und wir werden immer wieder nass, aber mittlerweile sind wir abgehärtet und kommen mit wenig Komfort gut zurecht ;-)Read more

  • Day93


    December 31, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    Puñihuil is one of places of major tourist attraction of the island of Chiloé. It stands for the protection of Magellan and Humboldt penguins. We reached there around 2 pm and had to cross a stream (possible to do in a 2 wheel drive) and then drive onto the beach
    The parking is free and is at the various kiosks of the companies offering a boat ride to the penguin islands. We were guided to the office of the company offering the next tour that day. The place is extremely scenic and we could see the rocks that form the nesting places of the penguins in the ocean.Read more

  • Day93

    Cabaña Isla Magica

    December 31, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    The last day of the year!!
    We woke up at around 8:30 am and were ready by about 10:15 am. We left the car with our bags at the cabaña parking only and walked down towards the harbor to find a place to eat. All the restaurants around were closed. In the meantime, Melinda and Maria bought fruits and some other food stuff from a shop that was open. Eventually, after asking the locals, we found a small restaurant open. It was serving breakfast of eggs and bread (Paila Huevos). We ate there and then headed for the Ancud bay to see the Fuerte San Antonio fort.Read more

  • Day93

    Lovely wooden houses Ancud

    December 31, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    We walked along the shore towards the fort. There were lovely wooden houses along the Lord Cochrane road. The fort is at the North end of the road to the left. There is a small archway marking the entry to the fort. There were vendors selling trinkets and souvenirs there.

  • Day93

    Playa Chauman

    December 31, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    We didn't really drive back straight to Ancud. We stopped over at a few viewpoints and then drove to Playa Chauman. The beach was secluded with no one around. This place is also a good place to sight dolphins and sea lions. We didn't see either of them though. Hristo wanted to end the year with a dip in the sea so he jumped into the freezing waters and swam for a while. Melinda too wanted to go in but decided not to since she didn't have hear beachwear.
    After spending a few minutes, we drove off towards the lighthouse Faro Corona.
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  • Day93

    New Year celebrations

    December 31, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    We drove back to Ancud and decided to stay at Hotel Isla Magica again. We reached back around 10:30 pm and got the same cabaña. We didn't have any food items with us to cook and the landlady informed that all the restaurants would be closed by now. She tried calling the restaurants she thought might be open but they were all closed. For the new year celebrations, she too recommended going to the stadium for the fireworks.
    We decided to drive around the town and see if anything was open. The whole town felt like a ghost town. Nothing was open and there was no one around. One smallest shop selling alcoholic drinks was open. We bought some cookies, chips and drinks from there. Then we drove towards the stadium. On the way, Hristo bought a pack of sausages. That all basically constituted our last dinner of the year 2107. 😁😁
    At the stadium, we managed to park our car quite near the entrance. We couldn't see any ticket counter near the gates but there were people giving away neon bands and some police inspecting all the bags etc. We decided to walk in and see if we needed any tickets or reservations. We found out that the event was organised by the local municipality and was free for everyone. There was a concert stage in the middle where some local bands played peppy Spanish music to keep the crowds occupied. We settled down in the middle of stadium seating and had our food stuff while enjoying the music. Everyone around was dressed up in costumes and wearing props. It was a total festive atmosphere.
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  • Day94

    Happy New Year!!

    January 1, 2018 in Chile ⋅

    At exactly 30 sec to 12 am, the countdown started on the big screen. The whole stadium roared after each count. Then at exactly 12, the fireworks started at the hill behind the stadium. It was an awesome sight. The weather had played along at the right time. After 3 days of rain, it was a clear starry night and the fireworks looked beautiful. The show lasted for about 10 min, after which, the live music started again.Read more

  • Day92

    Reaching Ancud

    December 30, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    From the ferry terminal, we drove on to Ancud. It got dark very quickly after the sun set and by the time we reached Ancud, it was completely dark. We looked around a bit and finally settled for the Cabaña Isla Magica. It cost us 40000 CLP for the 4 of us and we had a nice view over the town and the Pacific Ocean. It was already 11:30 pm so we slept.Read more

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