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  • Day13

    Day 10 - Cruising the Chile Coast

    January 8, 2019 in Chile ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Today was a day at sea as the Eclipse sailed from San Antonio to Puerto Montt. We explored the ship and attended some of the events on board.

    Breakfast was a huge buffet with just about anything imaginable. Food on board is free and plentiful. The joke is that you come on as a passenger but leave as cargo.

    We sat in on an art history lecture covering 30,000 years of art in 30 minutes. That was interesting and Gail stayed in the art gallery (yes, on board art gallery!) to listen to the art auction. We ate too much at the lunch buffet and walked the decks to explore the ship. We were out in open waters several miles offshore and the sea was a bit rough. The ship rocks, sometimes from side to side, other times aft to stern. The rock is noticeable but not too bad - more pronounced on the upper decks.

    If you haven't been on a cruise, you can think of the boat as an upscale hotel for 3,000. The upper decks (of the 15) are for activities. There are several pools and half a dozen hot tubs, a complete spa and fitness center, and a putting green. Mingled with the state rooms on the middle decks are a library, card room, internet lounge, and photo gallery and studio. There is a full casino with slots, black jack, and hold 'em tables. There are a range of (very upscale) shops selling jewelry, perfume, watches, handbags, clothing, and much else. There are several liquor and wine shops. (There are many, seemingly hardcore drinkers on board and the cruise sells four drink purchase plans, since the drinks are not free, even such mundane beverages as seltzer water and soft drinks - water tea and coffee are free). The ship has two theaters - a large (500+-seat) stage theater for performances and a smaller movie theater. There is also a medical center. During the day and into the night there is live and DJ'd music at different locations by different types of bands and solo performers - from R&R to classical. Each evening, they put on a major show on the big stage. Tonight it is a multi-instrumentalist. Getting around the shop (up and down) is by means of six, central elevators plus four more up front. There are also two wide stairs.

    I have an enormous appreciation of the complex logistics of putting together a cruise - getting all the passengers on and off; procuring, preparing and serving food to the captive audience and doing all this day-after-day at 10 different foreign ports. It's quite an operation which, for the most part, runs smoothly.

    The weather got worse as afternoon turned to evening with rain squalls, wind and choppy seas. This made the swaying more pronounced, even when sitting down, but it still wasn't bad. We attended the performance, a Chilean rocker who led the house band in many well-known hits and really charged up the house. We know from a past cruise that they always have top talent for these shows. With an early morning port call tomorrow in Puerto Montt, we skipped the big, late dinner and settled for a light soup from the buffet.
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    Kay's Travels

    Love the picture of your room!! Looks lovely (and cozy). Loved Puerto Montt - that's where Julia twirled her fire batons on a street corner late at night !! :-) We spent much of the day looking for gasoline for her batons.

  • Day3

    Angelmo - tipical chilene market

    February 28, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Angelmo ist der Markt der Meeresfrüchte. Unglaubliche Mengen frische Fische, Muscheln aller Art, Krabben, Seeigel .... was Mensch halt offensichtlich gerne isst. Ich leide - staune aber auch. Die Frischware ist so wunderbar appetitlich angerichtet, das Auge freut sich. Der Geruch hält sich auch in Grenzen - ist doch alles frisch aus dem Meer hier. Unmengen von Lachs, schaut wirklich alles wunderbar aus! Barbarisch finde ich die Darbietung so muschelähnlicher Krebse (?) nähere Erklärung dazu hier:

    Rundum ein buntes Treiben und schöne Stände mit lokal gefertigten Souvenirs, brauchbaren Dingen, Kleidung.
    Und im Kaffeehaus gab es guten Kaffee - keinen Nescafe Pulverkaffee.
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  • Day4

    Mit der Fähre durch Patagoniens Fjorde

    February 29, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Ab heute liegen vier Tage Schiffsfahrt vor uns. Besser gesagt "Fährfahrt" - eine alternative Variante, die Fjorde/Kanäle Patagoniens in relativ kurzer Zeit zu sehen.

    Check-in ist in unserem Hotel und beginnt mit einem Schrecken, der uns den Atem stocken lässt:
    Herr "Navimag" (ich nenne den Organisator dort so) verweist auf zwei Listen an der Türe und sagt: "We have Corona-Virus."
    Mit diesen Worten und todernster Miene übergibt er uns einen Zettel, den wir mit unseren Daten befüllen müssen. Wann wir woher gekommen sind, welcher Flug, sogar welche Sitznummer wird gefragt. Auf den Listen sind unendlich viele Länder angeführt, in Österreich sind 5 bestätigte Fälle vermerkt. USA ist 4stellig (darum musste das Paar vor uns nachweisen, dass es vor Chile schon eine Zeit lang in Argentinien war!).
    Jessas, denk ich, die werden uns doch nicht wirklich sperren? Immerhin sind wir innerhalb der letzten 2 Wochen noch in einem "infizierten Gebiet" gewesen!?
    Bei der Übergabe unserer Zettel lauschen wir mit trockenem Mund nochmals den mahnenden Worten: haben Sie Anzeichen wie Fieber, Kopfschmerzen, Husten? Wir tragen eine hohe Verantwortung, sind vier Tage auf einem engen Raum und vom Schiff aus ist ärztliche Betreuung/Spital nicht kurzfristig machbar...... Pflichtbewußt lauschen wir und können alle Fragen gut beantworten.

    Puh - Glück gehabt! Wir dürfen mit! Sind also "ungefährlich" :-D
    Schwuppdiwupp geben wir unsere Rucksäcke ab - werden in Kleinbussen zum Fährhafen bis in die Fähre hineingeführt.
    Dort erwartet uns schon die vorbereitete Kabine - unser zu Hause für die nächsten drei Nächte.
    Das Ablegen im Hafen läuft nicht ganz so rund und einfach, Pilotenboote schubbsen uns von rechts nach links,
    obwohl die Fähre zuvor von links nach rechts gedreht hatte.
    Schließlich finden wir doch noch zwischen den dort liegenden Schiffen durch und cruisen der offenen Weite des Meeres entgegen.
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  • Day5

    Le cirque, sur Ia route de Puerto montt

    March 10, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

    Hier, il y a eu une activitée cirque pour les familles, organisée par des personnes du Splash Académie, le club des enfants. Il y avait des diabolos, des bâtons du diable, des tissus et des balles pour jongler.


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    Célia P.

    Quels artiste!!!!!!!! :)

  • Day24

    Welcome to Chile, and Northern Patagonia

    March 28, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    I crossed the Andes! By bus, between the cities of Mendoza, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile, on March 25, 2019. By lucky chance, I sat in the “panorama seats,” right at the front of the bus, and blessed by clean windows, the mountains unfolded. After a two-hour border crossing (every single bag of every passenger was scanned, in addition to the usual passport/visa checking) we had the real adventure: a series of twenty-four switchbacks called “el caracol,” the snail. Truly terrifying. Check out the video in the photo section, which doesn’t even begin to record the experience.

    After a few hours in the main bus terminal in Santiago (a highlight was a large plate of vegetables for dinner) I was on an overnight bus south to Puerto Montt in the Lake District, and just north of the beginning of Northern Patagonia. In Chile, Patagonia is divided into north and south; for this trip, I decided to limit myself to the northern section.

    Puerto Montt has an interesting history—as a specially designated sector for German immigrants in the 1800’s, and as leading producer of farmed salmon. Now it’s the capital of the the Los Lagos Region, and an important administrative center in southern Chile. For more information, see this link:

    I stayed with an excellent Airbnb family, who originally hailed from Antofagasta in the very north of Chile. Mariana, the wife, kept getting teary-eyed when she saw me, as I evidently greatly resemble her late grandmother. Rodrigo, the husband, was the handsomest man I’ve seen in a long time—an ex-army officer. They looked after me with great care and affection AND we had very interesting conversations as well.

    On my own, I planned my travels, walked around the small city, took care of business—such as getting a Chilean SIM card—and took a hike on the island of Tenglo, which is just across a narrow canal. A very fine welcome to Chile.

    Please enjoy the pictures, and be sure to sign your first name if you leave a comment.
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    We travelled from Columbia to Bolivia through the Andes by bus!! Probably the most terrifying day experience of my life. The bus drivers were absolutely crazy and the roads really narrow!! Glad you arrived safely!! Love Susan S and Poppy xxx


    I can remember the dreadful headache and sick feeling crossing Hannibal’s route through the alps. Switchbacks are not for me! Rosemary x


    How are you getting on with the accent? Gosh, I miss "my" Chile! Nice weather as well. James.

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  • Day38

    Puerto Montt, Chile

    February 9, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    That is what our captain wrote:

    "In all my years of cruising South America, I have never been as fortunate with the weather as we have these past days.  In years past, I have been hanging on with my teeth in anchorages, or being tug assisted while trying to stay on a berth; this year we have been blessed with clear skies, sun and light winds, (maybe the weather Gods are looking after me on my last voyage, fingers crossed). "

    Yes, the weather has been absolutely perfect.

    The city was founded in 1853 and completely destroyed in a 1960 earthquake.  The surrounding countryside is becoming a popular tourist destination.

    Two years ago when we visited Puerto Montt, we had a tour to the lakes and volcano. Since there is not much to see in Puerto Montt, we decided to visit German town Puerto Varas. This town is approximately 12 miles from the port of Puerto Montt.
    Today was tender port. I got up at 6:00 AM, got in line for tender tickets. There were already big line to get tickets. People lined up since 5:00 AM.

    We did not get on the first tender, but managed to get on the second with all people that were going on ship tour.
    We had few choices on how to get to Puerto Varas: take city bus, taxi or Uber. There was another couple going the same way, so we split the cost of the car ride.

    Puerto Varas is a city in southern Chile's Lake District. It has a view of snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco volcanos. Both of these are still active. The town has traditional German architecture. It was build in early 20th century. The city is also known as "the city of roses". They are everywhere.
    We had very nice day walking in this small city, enjoying good weather, beautiful views and musicians playing on the main squire. Our car driver suggested a restaurant for a lunch and around noon we found this restaurant and had a delicious lunch. Boris ordered salmon and I got a king crab.
    After lunch we walked a little bit more and then we decided to take Uber back to Puerto Montt. Could not find the Uber, we took some local currency from ATM and decided to take a local bus. We had one concern: How do we fit a wheelchair on this mini bus?
    We waited for the bus maybe 5 minutes. When the bus came, locals loaded Boris and the wheelchair on the bus and the driver was driving the bus and holding the wheelchair.
    It took about 30 min to get to our destination.
    It was good and interesting experience. To see pictures of the day please go to the link:
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    Two to Travel

    What a great experience. I read the captain’s words on this blog and thought how wonderful ... now hopefully his luck holds for Easter Island.

    Sonia Gelman

    Yes, we hope. Probably have to get in line for tender tickets at 3:00 AM. It is crazy.

    Two to Travel

    That is so ridiculous.

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  • Day88

    Chiquihue beach

    December 26, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We took the car at around 4 pm. They had a buffer time of +3 hours so we would have to return it before 7 pm on the 2nd Jan. The plan was to drive to Puerto Varas but we had given our clothes for washing and we had to collect them at 6 pm. So, we had 2 hours before we could start further so we decided to drive South along the coast for a while amd try and go to the island opposite the port.
    We could not find the place to take the ferry across and it was raining as well, so we decided to drive further for 30-40 minutes.
    The stop was at Chiquihue beach. It was a stone beach indicating it to be relatively new. We parked the car next to the beach and went for a walk.
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  • Day53

    Day 53: Deadend and blackberries.

    February 29, 2016 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Only 60 km to Puerto Montt. That was the idea atleast. After 10 km on a small dirt road we were suprised to see that the road was blocked bij a fence. We climbed over the fence to look of there was a way to get around. But the owner told us, in really fast spannish, that there would be a road to the right that would get us to Puerto Montt. Again we found a fence that blocked the road. This time we were told that we had to circel back to the main road. So 25 extra kilometers. But a quick stop to pick a lot of blackberries made up for it. After a long day in the saddle we made it to Puerto Montt. We found a campsite for the first night. But tomorrow we hope to find a cheap hostel.Read more

  • Day87

    To the ferry harbor

    December 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    We walked all the way along the promenade, past the bus terminal, to the ferry harbor. Near the bus terminal, there were old steam engines displayed in the open area around. From the ferry terminal, we walked towards the viewpoints on the hill overlooking the coast. The views were amazing and we could only imagine how much better they would have been if it were sunny.Read more

    Vijay kumar Dang

    This seems to be engine repair workshop,now closed?

    The Craze for Travelling

    Don't really know. Its just a model now.

  • Day55

    Puerto Montt

    January 16, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    First settlement of German immigrants in the 1850s. The first two pics look over the city to the Pacific. Then the gid local market, the names n square and a statue commemorating the meetings of the first German immigrants with the indigenous people.Read more

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