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Port Montt

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  • Day13

    Day 10 - Cruising the Chile Coast

    January 8 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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  • Day14

    Das Wetter bleibt stabil - schlecht

    December 13, 2018 in Chile ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Am Morgen schaut der Gipfel des Osorno ganz kurz zwischen den Wolken durch, dann setzt er wieder eine Kappe auf. Die 130 km zu meinem nächsten Ziel gondle ich gemütlich vorwärts. Es ist kalt, aber noch trocken. Unterwegs sehe ich ein verlockendes Schild: Kuchen, Streusel, Strudel. Ich biege zu dem alten Holzhaus ab und bekomme ein riesiges Stück Apfelkuchen und eine Tasse Kaffee aufgetischt. Aber alles hat seinen Preis, umgerechnet 7€ sind dafür fällig. Chile ist kein billiges Reiseland.
    Es ist nicht mehr weit zum Meer und der Hafenstadt Puerto Montt. Das ist zwar keine Schönheit aber hier wird einem nicht langweilig. Zwischen den alten Läden und Fischmarkt am Hafen und dem topmodernen Einkaufszentrum liegen Welten. Überall Märkte und auf den Kreuzungen geben die Jongleure ihr bestes. Und es gibt einen deutschen Club und eine deutsche Feuerwehr. Ich bleibe noch einen Tag, kaufe ein Fährticket und hoffe für morgen auf besseres Wetter. Heute regnet es ohne Unterbrechung.
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  • Day56

    Puerto Montt & P. Varas - Happy New Year

    January 1 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Um 23 Uhr kommen wir endlich und hungrig in unserer Unterkunft an. Ein altes, knistriges Haus mit etwa zwei Zimmern. Unsere herzlichen Gastgeber, ein älteres Paar, hat bereits eine Runde ums Quartier gedreht um zu schauen, wo wir auch bleiben. Die Gastmama zaubert zwei einfache Toast Sandwiches auf den Tisch, eine wahre Wohltat für unsere knurrenden Mägen.
    Puerto Montt ist eine nicht sonderlich touristische Stadt und hat wenig zu bieten, heisst es im Reiseführer. Nur blöd, dass wir das erst gelesen haben, nachdem wir die Bus Tickets schon gekauft haben. Ja wir waren halt etwas im Stress und hatten Angst dass die Busse in diesen Tagen schnell ausgebucht sind und das Foto von Puerto Montt, welches wir am Ticketschalter gesehen haben, sah toll aus!
    Durch die geringen Erwartungen werden wir dann doch positiv überrascht. Das Klima hier ist rau und man spürt die südliche Atmosphäre. Am Fisch-, Fleisch- und Meeresfrüchte Markt im Stadtteil Angelmo geht es hektisch zu und her und überall werden wir von (toten) Fischaugen angestarrt. Da erstaunt es auch nicht, dass sich am Hafen Seehunde zur Schau stellen, welche auf die nächste Ladung Fischresten warten. Als wir später an der Promenade auch noch 3 schwimmende Pinguine im Meer entdecken, hat sich der Aufenthalt in Puerto Montt definitiv gelohnt!
    Am nächsten Tag geht's ins 30 Minuten entfernte und touristischere Puerto Varas ins Hostel Apel, wo wir Annina und Bettina, unsere Schweizer Bekanntschaften vom Bus treffen, um gemeinsam Silvester zu feiern. Zum Znacht gibt's ein leckeres vom Hostel organisiertes Asado inklusive Zopf, welcher Annina gebacken hat. Nach knapp zwei Monaten endlich wieder mal einen feinen Zopf, einfach fantastisch! Wir spielen zu viert Tichu (tolles Schweizer Kartenspiel) bis kurz vor Mitternacht. Dann strömt das ganze Quartier von den Häusern an den See hinunter, um das neue Jahr mit einem bezaubernden Feuerwerk einzuläuten. Ich hatte fast das Gefühl, ich sei am Zürisee, nur mit weniger Menschen:-).
    Das schöne Wetter am am ersten Tag im 2019 nutzen wir, um die Wasserfälle von Petrohue zu besichtigen, welche mit dem Volkan Osorno im Hintergrund ein malerisches Fotomotiv abgeben. Plötzlich auf dem urwaldlichen Spazierweg zuckt Annina erschreckt zusammen. Ja da möchte uns wohl eine Spinne noch "es guets Nois" wünschen. Eine rote Chile-Vogelspinne, wie wir später recherchiert haben. Von nun an läuft Dani an vorderster Front und wir drei Mädels vorsichtig hinterher.
    Am Abend gibt's im Hostel nochmals ein paar Runden Tichu, morgen trennen sich unsere Wege leider wieder, da Dani und ich weitergehen nach Pucon, dem Adventure-Hot-Spot.
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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.

    C'ÉTAIT GÉNIAL!!!

    Olivier

  • Day24

    Welcome to Chile, and Northern Patagonia

    March 28 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

    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:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Montt

    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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  • Day86

    Back to square one

    December 24, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    We walked all over the towm and didn't find anything open exca small shop selling alcohol and groceries. We bought some drinks and salty snacks for the night. None of the restaurants was open so we decided to go back to our hotel since the restaurant was open there. When we reached back, we were told that the restaurant kitchen was closed. We requested that we didn't have any place to eat so they asked the cook if he could fix something. He agreed to do sandwiches for us. They had the desserts available as well so we ordered some pana cota as well.
    Well, that's how our Christmas celebration went. We we there in the restaurant way after everyone had left, eating sandwiches, drinking wine and enjoying pana cota 😁
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  • Day54

    Day 54: Changeable isn't so changeable

    March 1, 2016 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We moved to a hostel today just to find wifi to change our ticket. It had to be changed because KLM changed it in the first place. But somehow 32 hours and 4 international phone calls later the flight still isn't changed. But on the upside we met the swiss family again. The couple is traveling with their 3 year old son for more than a year now. And the happy little guy seemed to enjoy it a lot. It was fun to exchange experiences and stories. They even invited us to visit whenever we cycle in Switzerland. And we had a good laugh in the local bike shop. Nino's wheel had to be straightened. And in the mean time the owner inspected my bike and showed me pictures of him carrying all the stuff for his girlfriend on their bike trip. After aproving our bikes and calculating our daily distances they assured ass to come back if we had any trouble.Read more

  • Day7

    We´re heading (sort of) south!

    January 20, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After a couple of cosmopolitan days, we´ve decided to go south. Our next stop, where we are renting a (small) car is Puerto Montt.

    Getting to the bus station was incredibly fast & cheap – hurray for Uber in Santiago!

    The bus network in Chile is extensive, and strictly regulated. Moreover, the different seating (and pricing) gives you the opportunity to choose according to your needs. After reading and asking around, we decided to book the “cama” category, and that was definitely the right choice for such a long drive (21:50 – 10:10) – we had more than enough space, in the first floor of the double-deck bus and we even got some (apple) juice and cookies, twice. Once at night, just after leaving, and a second one for “breakfast”. My fist “alfajores” here!

    We managed to get more rest than expected. We were surprised that there were no (long) stops, but rather passenger hop-on hop-off stops with quick driver changes. Moreover, information about the journey including (actual) speed and drivers´ information (time driving) was constantly published, with the invitation to complain if as a passenger you felt he was driving too fast/not appropriately.

    We arrived Puerto Montt and our rental car picked us up as agreed. Thumbs up once more for the services, as they actually suggested it themselves (on a Sunday).
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  • Day260

    Longest work phone call of my life :)

    March 31, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    I've spent a lot of my last few days on a work project, while making my way north through remote Chile. Timing the hours I would have laptop and internet access was quite tricky this time, but thanks to awesome colleagues and helpful locals, we made it work. Today, I basically spent an entire work day in the phone, finishing up a project :)

    I'm so thankful and count myself so very lucky that I get to work together with great people, and all while I'm on the road. In the moment, it's not always easy, while all other travelers go on their adventures and I'm spending entire days in a cafe or a hostel kitchen. But I enjoy what I do and it definitely makes each project fun and reminds me that all I have in life is a gift!
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  • Day87

    Christmas morning at Puerto Montt

    December 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We woke up a bit late and made it to the breakfast table just 10 minutes before closing. After the breakfast, Maria came over to our room with the Christmas goodies. We had some sweets and after that, we took some time to get ready and decided to go around the town to see if anything was open.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Puerto Montt, Port Montt, Puertu Montt, Пуерто Монт, Πουέρτο Μοντ, پرتو مونت, פוארטו מונט, PMC, プエルトモント, პუერტო-მონტი, 푸에르토몬트, Portus Monttii, Puerto Montas, Puertomonta, پیترو مونت, Пуэрто-Монт, Puerta Muonts, Пуерто-Монтт, פּארטא מאנט, 蒙特港

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