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Coyhaique

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  • Day106

    Views around Coyhaique

    January 13, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After finishing the planning, we decided to go for a walk outside of the town of Coyhaique. There was a route suggested by the lady at the tourist information center where she had said we could have nice views of the hills and the Rio Simpson. Maria was a bit tired so Hristo walked her back to the hostel while Melinda and I walked along the trail suggested.
    The route goes the Western side of the town along the river Simpson. There is a lovely walkway along the rover about 50 mts above the river level. At regular intervals, there are viewpoints and parks. There is even a cycling and skating track next to the path. The views of green hills and the blue waters of the Rio Simpson were quite a sight.
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  • Day106

    Mate Rotonda

    January 13, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    When we had reached half way through our walk from the North to South, Hristo joined us. There are some old steam run vehicles displayed in the open air here. From here we walked further South to the Mirador Chorillo. There were very lovely views from the viewpoint. After that, we ended our walk at the Mate Rotonda, so called since it has a statue of the Mate cup and bombilla.
    Mate is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, that was first consumed by the indigenous Guaraní and also spread by the Tupí people. It is prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water in a shared hollow calabash gourd and is served with a metal straw from. The straw is called a bombilla in Spanish, a bomba in Portuguese, and a bombija or, more generally, a masassa(straw) in Arabic. The gourd is known as a mate or a guampa; while in Brazil, it has the specific name of cuia, or also cabaça.

    Coyhaique has a special association with the drink. One can find a lot of shops selling mate herbs, gourds and the bombillas.
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  • Day106

    Piedra del Indio

    January 13, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    From the mate rotonda, we walked half way back the way we had come and then took a short diversion down to the bridge across the Rio Simpson. The bridhe though frequently used, is a metal rope bridge where only one vehicle could pass at a time. From the bridge, we could see the rock formation in the form of the face of an Indian (the indigenous people).
    We walked over to the other end of the river before turning back and going to the town. There, Maria joined us and we had our dinner.
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  • Day107

    Switchover of plans

    January 14, 2018 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    The plan had been to meet at the corner nwar our hostels at 7:45 am and the walk to the bus station nearby to catch the 8 am bus towards Rio Tranquilo. This bus stops at Villa Cerro Castillo where we wanted to do the full day trek to the Cerro Castillo mountain.
    We woke up at 7 am and were ready to go by 7:30 am. There still was no reply from Hristo regarding the availability of the beds for the 2 of us in their hostel. So, we left our bags in the hostel and extended our stay in the current hostel only. We were at the agreed corner waiting for Hristo and Maria at 7:45 am. No one showed up. Hristo's status on the Messenger was still showing inactive for 14 hours. We assumed that the party in their hostel had lasted till quite late and they were not able to get up. After waiting for a few minutes, Melinda and I went to the bus station. There, we figured that since it was a Sunday, only 1 bus out of the 3 that leave at 8 am was going and that too was full with no places available. We tried negotiating with the driver directly but were told that all the seats were full. The bus left at 8 am without us. Having nothing to do, we sat outside the bus station eating biscuits and other snacks we had packed for the day. Just then Hristo and Maria reached there. They were surprised we had not waited for them at the agreed place while we were surprised that they had not responded to our messages for 14 hours and then had appeared 5 min after the bus had left. To which Hristo was surprised that he had not received any messages and not known which bus stop to go to had gone to a different one 1st and had got late due to that. It was then that we realized that due a recent update of the Apple OS, he had stopped receiving notifications for the last 2 days.
    In any case, there was not much we could do here now, so we decided to go to the other agency (Don Carlos) that we had been informed, had a bus on the same route at 9:30 am. We reached the agency to find it closed since it was a Sunday and they had buses from Mon-Fri only.
    Having nothing left to try for this day trip, we went and had our breakfast. After that, Hristo and Maria decided to go for the walk they had missed the previous evening while Melinda and I went to the park in the central plaza to enjoy the sun in the cold morning. While sitting there, just on a hunch, I decided to check if the tourist information center nearby, was open on the Sunday. It was!!! 👌👌
    There, upon asking if we could do anything nearby in half a day, they suggested we go to Coyhaique National Park. We didn't even need a bus to get there. The entrance was 2 kms from Coyhaique town and a 1 km inside from the main road. I messaged Hristo about this and that Melinda and I were planning to go for it. Now, that we had fixed the messenger problem, he received them immediately and messaged back that they too would join. We decided to meet up at a common point outside of the town. Around 1 pm we met up and walked North across the bridge to the side path that lead to the entrance of the national park. The path was quite steep and it ws quite sunny. The views of the surroundings were quite breathtaking.
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  • Day107

    Coyhaique National Park

    January 14, 2018 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    We reached the entrance of the national park at around 2 pm. There we got a brief explanation of the different trails. There are 2 different loop trails. The longer one goes to the top of the mountain and takes about 7-8 hours while the shorter one goes halfway to the mountain path and the diverges through the forest to join the mountain trail on its loop back. The rangers suggested doing the shorter one and the it would take us 3-4 hours.
    The trail was well marked and the initial path lead through some dense forest area.
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  • Day107

    Laguna Los Sapos

    January 14, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The trail continued for about 2.5 kms through varying types of trees and vegetation. The was a slight gain in altitude all the while. A total of about 300 mts. We reached the Laguna Los Sapos at around 3 pm. It was a small pond in a clearing. Nothing very impressive or special to talk about.Read more

  • Day108

    Off to Balmaceda

    January 15, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    It was the day to fly back to Santiago to fetch my new passport and some of the credit cards that Shuchi had couriered to the Swedish embassy in Santiago. The airport for Coyhaique is at Balmaceda some 60 kms away, right at the Argentina border. My flight was at 4 pm so I had booked a shared pickup at 11 am from the hostel. I had already checked out and left the big bag with Melinda who was continuing to stay there. After that, I went to the police station about a km away to see if I could get a copy of my case here itself. It was a bit hard communicating since none of them spoke English and my Spanish was quite basic. Eventually, I understood that since I was a foreigner, I could a copy only in Santiago and only in the center that was marked on the report slip. Now, for giving me just that useless information, the police guy wantrd some money. I just acted dumb and told them "no comprendo" and walked out back to the hostel.

    I waited till 11:30 am. No bus showed up so I asked the girl at the reception to check. She called them a couple of times but no one picked up the phone. Then she called another agency that have an airport drop. They wanted me to come to a supermarket some 20 mts away in 10 min for the pickup. In the meantime the 1st agency called back on her number and informed that the bus would be there within 10 min. Finally, the van arrived at 12 pm and we were off to Balmaceda.
    The route was very scenic with green rolling hills and lakes. There were some interesting rock formations as well. It was a lovely sunny day.
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  • Day108

    Salto Pollux

    January 15, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    On the way, we passed the Salto Pollux, a beautiful waterfall along the roadside. There were lovely fields of rapeseed spreading a fantastic carpet of yellow color on the green countryside. We reached the airport around 2:45 pm. It a very small airport with hardly anything around it. Even inside, there are a few car rental counters and nothing much besides that.Read more

  • Day36

    Day 36: Made it to town before the rain

    February 12, 2016 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Today we only had to do 42 km. But it being the 9th day in a row of cycling the leggs were tired. Just after setting up the tent the rain started. Shocked by the amount of choice we spend 2 hours to decide what to buy in the supermarket. Found a 2 liter carton of our favorite cheap vino so we celebrate a bit tonight and the next two days are gonna be restdays.Read more

  • Day102

    Lazy days in Coyhaique

    January 18, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The weather continued its mixed conditions, but so we spent 2 relaxed (read: lazy 😳) days in Coyhaique, which turned out to be a really nice town. Our highlights
    - Enjoying great breakfast in the hostel (for only 2,000 Chilean Pesos = 2.70 Euro)
    - Sitting in the “The Quiero Café” with tea, coffee and kuchen (Chile uses the same word as in German)
    - Bouldering in the local gym
    - Going for a 10k run
    - though only a partial highlight, it should be mentioned: cooking corn instant soup in our room with the gas cooker to use up the remaining camping provisions ⛺️

    Tomorrow, we will take the bus to Puerto Chacabuco and then go onto the ferry ⛴ north... the end of our South American adventure comes near.
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