The Craze for Travelling

Travelling is a passion, and I've been on it since my childhood (courtesy my dad). My passion has led me all around the globe from high altitude deserts, to rain forests, to back waters, to snow covered peaks. You name it!!
Living in: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Day103

    The short trek ends at the Petrohué river. The water was bluish green with a lot of rapids. We took the loop trail back to the starting point. At the entrance, there are toir agencies selling various activities like rafting, zip line, canopy walk etc.
    We decided to book ourselves a river rafting tour for the next day. Only Hristo among the 4 of us had done it before and he highly recommended it. It was supposed to rain heavily the next day so we decided to go for it instead of wasting the time doing nothing. It cost us 112 000 CLP for the 4 of us which though not cheap, was quite cheap compared to rafting in Europe or Africa. The ride would last about 1 hour and across about 10 rapids.Read more

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  • Day101

    The Laguna Verde is right next to the Llanquihue lake with a small channel probably joining them at high tide or during heavy rain. The colors of the 2 lakes are quite different though. Llanquihue is blue in color, while Verde is green as suggested by its name.

  • Day94

    It had started to pour heavily by now so we sat under the shade of the shops and ate some of the food. After that Hristo went and brought the car down while we walked along the promenade next to the harbor. We met up at the end of the walk and then drove on towards Isla Aucar.

  • Day94

    From the cemetery, we walked down to the town. It had a small main square with a beautiful green and blue wooden church. There were nice murals along the edges of the plaza. There was hardly anyone in the town. We bought some food stuff from the open grocery shop.

  • Day94

    We drove on up to the hill behind the town. The cemetery was up there and was also marked as a viewpoint on Maps.me. The views over the town and the bay were beautiful. The rain to had stopped by now so we parked our car nearby and walked in to the cemetery. The graves were more like vaults made from granite and tiles. Some of them were decorated beautifully with fresh and artificial flowers and candles. The dead had the best views of the town and the sea.Read more

  • Day94

    From the viewpoint, we drove a bit further along the road next to the harbor into the quaint little town of Quemchi. There were boats parked along the shore but the town seemed dead. There was no one around. Looked like everyone had partyed till late amd were sleeping in even at 5 pm.

  • Day94

    We woke up late and freshened up. After that we went to the town. It was raining again. The weather had held at just the right time for just the right amount of time.
    We weren't sure if anything would be open on the 1st day of the year. Only the place where we had our breakfast the previous morning was open. We went to have our breakfast. It was totally packed. The whole town seemed to have come there for their breakfast.
    By the time, we finished with our meal, it was already past 2 pm. We started our drive towards Castro and as had been suggested by Marcus, we decided to go via Quemchi town.
    We reached there at around 4:30 pm. It was quite rainy and windy. We stopped at the Humedal de Quemchi viewpoint. This is a small bay near Quemchi. Here we saw a group of sea lions swimming in circles trying to trap the fish. The birds took the opportunity and were crowding in, in the middle and snatching the fish. The whole group continued to move around in the bay repeating this maneuver. Unfortunately it was hard to capture this with the mobile camera. How I wished my stolen camera back at this moment 😏
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  • Day94

    After the fireworks, we decided to go down and join the dancing crowd near the stage. The music was good, the mood joyful and we danced our way into the new year. We were there till almost 1:30 am. Then we drove back to the cabaña and slept.

  • Day94

    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

  • Day93

    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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  • Day93

    We reached Faro Corona at around 7:30 pm. The sun was going low in the sky by now. It was quite windy at this extreme end of the península. This place too is know for sightings of dolphins and sometimes even whales.
    When we reached there, we realized that the places was marked as a military zone on Maps.me so we didn't want to enter unauthorized. We could hear loud music all the way outside the perimeter of the lighthouse area where we were parked. Someone in there was getting ready for a good new year party. Hristo checked on google maps and saw the place marked as a museum. We decided to go in then.
    There was no one anywhere. The music was coming from 2 huges speakers near the entrance of the lighthouse tower and was blaring peppy tunes from the 60s. The views of the ocean were really stunning. We didn't see any whales or dolphins. Inside, the lighthouse tower has been converted to a museum with old pictures and information. Unfortunately, everything was in Spanish. We even managed to climb the narrow, steep stairs up to the illumination system. From here, we had a 360 degrees view of the peninsula. After coming down, we stopped near the speakers and danced for a while, then decided to leave, in case we were not allowed in, in the first place 😉
    We danced our way to the rhythm of the music back to our car. Its only then we noticed 2 women looking at us from inside one of the huts and smiling at us dancing 😄
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  • Day93

    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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