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Mar 12, 2019 - Country towns and lakes

After our interesting stay at Choshuenco (which Grae refers to as a kidnapping) we drove around Lake Panguipulli and stopped at the various viewpoints along the way for some stunning views. The roads were very quiet. We went in to Panguipulli for lunch and I made the mistake of asking for cafe con leche which is coffee with milk and is actually a cup of hot UHT milk and a sachet of nescafe - verrryyy milky! At least I've had my calcium intake for the week. I had a completo which is a hotdog with chopped tomoto, mashed avocadovand mayonnaise...

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Mar 7, 2019 - Osorno and the Pacific Ocean

Grae needed a new lock for his suitcase so he tried his old key in one of the love locks on the steel sculpture by the lake in Puerto Varas and hey presto, now he has a new lock for his suitcase (hope he hasn't broken up a relationship that was sealed by this padlock!). We headed north and spent two nights in Osorno. In the town of we visited the neo gothic Cathedral of St Matthew which has had an interesint history since it was first built in 1577 when it was destroyed by indians in a war, then burnt down once, then destroyed by an...

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Mar 4, 2019 - One dodgy empananda = Chile Belly for Grae

Poor Grae woke up with a case of Chile Belly which wasn't great when you have to be up early in Punta Arenas to drop off a hire car and catch a plane to Puerto Montt and pick up another hire car. Hopefully the views of the Grey Glacier and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the Andes mountains through the clouds cheered him up a bit. We arrived in Puerto Montt mid morning and seem to have an upgrade as we thought we'd hired a compact car and have ended up with a 4WD. We drove straight to our hotel in Puerto Varas also known as the city...

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Feb 10, 2019 - Puerto Montt - Waterfall and Volcano

04 02 Feb. 10, 2019 Puerto Montt - Waterfall and Volcano Rain greeted us as we rose early for a tour to the Petrohue Waterfall and Osorno Volcano. We had out rain coats on ready for the weather which was not conducive for photography or a pleasant day. Anne made a wise decision and decided to stay at the ship. Tom got soaked walking to the falls over pretty rough paths. The bus ride to this National Park was quite long and the tour guide chattered without stop about Chilean life including minimum earnings and how taxes are raised with a 19%...

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Feb 8, 2019 - Boarding Azamara Pursuit

01 Feb. 8, 2019 Azamara Boarding and departure We just kept low on the day before departure and Anne recovered from her queazy tummy. We were all ready to leave at 9:45 AM and boarded the van that Markus (an Azamara frequenter we we had net on another cruise) had arranged. The luggage just fit and we were off to San Antonio - about an hour ride from Santiago. We did not need to wait too long before the check-in and boarding process began. After lunch in Windows Cafe, we were told our stateroom was ready. A little later our luggage arrived...

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Feb 15, 2018 - Puerto Montt, Chile

Our next stop was Puerto Montt, Chile. This is a very nice, quiet, small, friendly town with plenty to see during a long walk along the beach, especially the local markets. Only problem was (not really a problem since I saved money) the markets usually did not accept our left-over Argentina money, US Dollars or credit cards, but the big stores did. Located in the lake district of Chile, Puerto Montt is a city amidst snow-covered volcanoes, lush jungle ferns, hot springs, forested hills and narrow fjords. The city's early German settlers...

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Jan 7, 2018 - Friday 5th Chile Island, Castro, Dalcahue and Ancud

Friday 5th January started rainy as we headed out to Chiloe Island approximately a hours drive to a vehicular ferry crossing. We were promised sealions and pelicans, of which we saw one seal on the crossing. As we came into port we thought there were some anglers fishing from floating ring, however they turned out to be Sealions, how could we be mistaken. The rest of the day was spent driving what appeared to be many miles across this Long Island to get to see the sites. Some which was the last Spanish occupied fort in Chile, or should I...

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Jan 4, 2018 - Phew now back up to date and alive and well in Puerto Varas

This morning we visited the National Park and Lakes in the Llanquihue region and on Lago Todos los Santos. We are staying in lovely hotel Cumbres which is perched on the cliffs overlooking the bay. We are in the top floor in the roof with terrific views over to the Volcano, only if we could see them as they are shrouded in clouds or it is raining. We had a group tour today, and guess what we was the group. Our guide massimo was a lively chap and was constantly checking our knowledge of the region, geography and politics, so it ended up...

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Dec 11, 2017 - Chilean Fjords

The Chilean Fjords are mostly used by vessels desiring to avoid the heavy seas and bad weather so often experienced on passing into the Pacific Ocean from the western end of the Strait of Magellan. The general features of these channels are high, abrupt shores, with innumerable peaks and headlands remarkably alike in character, their bold, rugged heads giving an appearance of gloomy grandeur rarely seen elsewhere. The shores are generally steep too and the channels, for the most part, open and free, while the few dangers that exist are...

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Dec 10, 2017 - Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Montt is the gateway to Patagonia and capital of the Lake Region of Chile. But we did a ship's tour to Puerto Varas and Frutillar, both settled by Germans in the 1850's. Our guide was Jocelyn, an American married to a Chilean. Our first stop was in Frutillar on the banks of Lake Llanquehue (pronounced yank e way), the 3rd largest lake in Chile. It has black sand. The German Colonial Farm Museum has lovely grounds. And Frutillar is very quaint with lots of kuchen shops which we sampled. Puerto Varas is also on the lake and is a...

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Dec 8, 2017 - San Antonio, Chile

About 3 weeks before we sailed we got a notice from Celebrity that we would not be docking in Valparaiso Chile as we had done in 2006 but would be docking in San Antonio Chile about an hour further down the coast. People were not happy. And to make matters worse December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Catholic holy day and a big deal in Chile. So big, in fact that since 1849 the main highway between Valparaiso and Santiago (hwy 68) is closed so the pilgrims can walk to the shrine of Lo Vasquez Sanctuary which venerates an...

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Oct 25, 2017 - Futaleufu, Chile

It was rainy off and on during the ride from Chaiten to Futaleufú. The road was paved more than I expected and wasn't bad. One thing is for sure. This rental car will never be the same again. Lol. They certainly are not making any money off me. My little Fred Flintstone car cost $547 for almost a month with unlimited miles. I already have over 3500 kilometers on it and have gone over many many potholes. I did note all the dings the car already had on it when I picked it up in Santiago so hopefully a few more wont be noticeable. I picked up...

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