Trip Start Feb 01, 2003
26Trip End May 02, 2003
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But finally we were in Chile and after a few more hours we arrived in Puerto Montt. Last Sunday we left the Atlantic ocean behind us and now, after only 4 days, we were standing before the Pacific ocean.
Puerto Montt was actually like we imagined South-America to be like: shabby, chaotic but immensely colourful. Wooden houses painted in all colours of the rainbow alongside roads lined with all sorts of traders. Five minutes down the road however a huge american style mall (cinema included) brought us back to reality. While browsing through the supermarket, it became clear that Chile is one of the richer countries on the continent. We found more luxury items and more American and European products on the shelves than anywhere else so far.
We were also somewhat suprised by the relative cost of living in Chile. We found out that the local currency had recently been re-valued, as opposed to the devaluation in Brazil and Argentina. This makes the cost of living for us about 3 times as expensive than in Argentina and Brazil. Although when compared to European prices it is still quite cheap.
Tomorrow we intend to go rural as we will travel to a village called Cochamo, which is supposed to be an excellent base for exploring the surrounding mountains.