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Villa Cerro Castillo

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10 travelers at this place:

  • Day110

    It was almost 5 pm when we reached Villa Cerro Castillo. This is one of the venues we had on our itinerary for a trek into the mountains. But we had decided to do it on the way back since it takes a full day to do it.
    Now, we just stopped for some snacks and tea/coffee. The 3 people we were giving a ride realized that we were driving all the way to Rio Tranquilo and asked if they could come along. We didn't have a problem with that. They too had their meal and then we were off again.
    The views of the granite peaks were stunning and we all were looking forward to stop for the trek on the way back. We were hoping that the skies would be clearer when we do the trek so we could see the beautiful peaks.
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  • Day113

    Maria decided to skip the trek as she wanted to relax a bit and the La Casona was the perfect place for it. She dropped us off at the base of Cerro Castillo where the trek starts and went back to the villa. It was almost 12 pm when we started the trek. The day was a clear one with hardly any wind. There was a small cloud floating just below the mountain peaks which we hoped wouldn't be there when we reached the top. Overall, an ideal day for a steep mountain trek.Read more

  • Day113

    Cascada Del Rey

    January 20 in Chile

    There were several deviations on the main route up. We decided to go to the side path to Cascada Del Rey which was a short 2 km deviation from the main route. Hardly anybody else was going on this track and it wasn't even marked on Maps.me so we weren't sure if was worth going 2 kms to it but we decided to check it out. It was a beautiful waterfall with ice cold water coming from the melting snows above. We stopped for a while and filled our water bottles before heading on.Read more

  • Day113

    Back on the main trail

    January 20 in Chile

    From the waterfall, Maps.me didn't show any trail joining the main trail so we would need to walk back 2 kms and then continue on the main trail. But, from where we were, a section of the main trail showed to be about 700 mts away. There was a sort of a trail or clearing among the thick grasses that lead in that direction so we decided to try and reach the main trail this way. The path was quite steep and tricky at some places and there were a lot of bushes with thorns and seeds that stuck to the pants. After walking for about 20 min, we reached the main trail. We had climbed quite high pretty quickly. The views were stunning. We could see the valley and the hills behind us. On the other side we could see the upper section of the stream forming more waterfalls. There were many tree trunks broken in strange formations. We could really figure out why they were like that. The most probable guess was fire burning the trees and the broken remains after that.Read more

  • Day113

    The steep climb up

    January 20 in Chile

    On the main trail, the track continued going up at a steady rate. The valley behind was spectacular. We could see for miles around. To the right were ts snow covered peaks with the Rio Ibáñez snaking its way into the valley. In the middle was the small village of Villa Cerro Castillo and mountains in multiple steps of plateaus behind. In some of the flat places, there were lakes. On the left side was the valley leading to the Puerto Ibáñez with the Rio Ibáñez continuing till the General Carrera lake.Read more

  • Day113

    Calafate berries

    January 20 in Chile

    About a km from the end of the trail, Hristo sent a message to Maria to come and pick us. We were quite hungry by now since we had not carried any food with us. Melinda was so hungry, she could eat one of us if she didn't get food quickly 🤤🤤🤤
    Luckily, there were many Calafate bushes with quite ripe Calafate berries. We gorged ourselves on the tasty berries and got blue in our mouth, teeth and tongue. But was all worth because they were very tasty 😁😁 Some were so ripe they were coverd with ladybird kind of insects 3-4 on each berry.Read more

  • Day113

    A fantastic dinner

    January 20 in Chile

    Maria reached the start of the trek just as we were walking out from there. Just near the entrance of the trek is the restaurant Puesto Huemul. We were quite hungry so we decided to habe our dinner there.
    They actually had quite good food. The lemonade was great after a full day in the heat and the vegetarian crepes were quite good as well. We were so tired by the end of the day that Hristo literally fell out of the vehicle whem we reached back 😂😂Read more

  • Day20

    Villa Cerro Castillo

    February 2 in Chile

    What an amazing valley! I think we are extending our stay.

    Absolutely adore the map we got at the tourist information office. No street names (no need!), and a completely distorted sense of distance. We were told that from our camping place, we should go everywhere by car, as it is outside of town. Literally 700m. We walk.

  • Day21

    Unexpectedly a trip highlight.

    Morning plan: sheep shearing.

    At 14:00 traditional food tasting, which we didn´t take a bite, apparently in some situations 8 mins is way too late.

    Parade in the afternoon, and horse racing (Carrera Chilena) in the evening. A half an hour before the horse races were supposed to start, I overheard a guy part of the organisation team calling friends/family/acquaintances to see if they were in la Villa. They were looking for racers.

    After dinner, salimos a carretear! Where? Town-gym-transformed-event-hall.

    After mouth-dropping performances of traditional “fantasia de malambo”, and “tambores y boleadoras” the whole town took over the dance floor to the extremely famous “Los Flores de Rucalhue”. Song after song. 4 hours of Rancheritas, pasodobles, corridos and cumbia later, we decided at 3am to leave the next artist “Rafa´s keyboards”.

    Los Chilenos son bien bailones!
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  • Day23

    After 3 hours of steep trekking and some very light rock climbing, we chilled at the mountain top waiting for the cerro top to show. Unfortunately, never happened! The hike was still amazing, and the views were nearly fantasy-like. A great first hiking experience in Patagiona!

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