Not quite the depths but the shallows of patagonia
Trip Start Feb 14, 2007
11Trip End Jul 2007
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we then headed even further south to the island of Chiloe, having heard from various sources that it is a beautiful island and that there would be a chance of seeing penguins whilst we were there. We had to change buses in Puerto Montt which is officially the most disorganised bus station i have ever ever seen. there are more 15 platforms, any of which could have any bus to any destination and there is no way of telling which is the one you need. plus its packed full of locals and popcorn sellers and perhaps the odd traveller so moving from bus to bus is quite an effort. we arrived in Ancud quite late and went to stay in a hostal (more like a B&B really) which was run by an old couple - we suspect that the mrs was a little bit pissed, she seemed quite spaced out. and she was still pissed the next morning when we went to pay. she said she was drinking 'herbal' tea but i beg to differ...
It turned out that most of the penguins had moved on for the winter and that if we were lucky we might see 4 or 5, which didnt sound worth the money you had to pay for the pleasure. So we went to Castro, but after we had taken a look at the palafitos (houses along the sea built on stilts and so partly over the water) there was little else to do.
And so we came to Puerto Varas instead. next to another beautiful lake and with volcan oserno in the distance. yesterday we went for a horse ride in the afternoon which was amazing - really good fun and we got to gallop loads. the tack was a little 'rustic' - reins made of ropes and the sadles felt a little like they might slip round. we didnt have to wear hats (which i loved) and the guide, who was lovely, looked a little like a south american cowboy. whilst we were riding through a little wood i was about to say to Gabbie - 'doesn't this feel so old fashioned' when the guides mobile phone rang... kind of ruined the moment. it would have been even more fun but for an american tag-along called matt who had imposed himself on our afternoon. i know as well as the next person that whilst you are travelling you meet all sorts of people and you have to be tolerant but oh my god that man was irritating!
we are going back to Santiago in a few hours, my bum hurts from riding yesterday so i hope the bus journey wont be too bad! from santiago we are heading north to the desert, where hopefully we will see the sun a bit more.