Chonchi - Island of Chiloe
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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Chiloe (as an Island) is cut off from mainland Chile and differs in customs and weather. The West side has strong Pacific winds while the East is well protected but has quite a lot of rain. Hence the scenery is green and good in forests.
We checked into the Hospedaje "Esmeralda" owned by Charles (Canadian born) and where Veronika stayed backed 9 years ago during her previous trip. There we met two other couples staying at the hospedaje (from US and New Zealand-English origin). We joined them for an excellent salmon dinner at the "Trebol" restaurant and enjoyed a wonderful conversation with different experiences in Chile and other S American countries
Fish Market next to "Esmeralda" hostel and supermarket 100 mts down the road.
Veronika writes: Chiloe has gone a long way, and seems to have come out of its poverty. But as usual, there is a downside and a huge price they pay: The biggest employers are the salmon farms (Norwegian salmon imported). They are bred and fed in the shores of Chiloe. The pellets they are fed with and the salmons' excrements poison the waters of Chiloe (and those of the lake Llanquihue also, as Salmons need both sweet and salt water). So I was happy to see many Chilotes much better of then 9 years ago, with electricity, water and paved roads! But there were no more dolphins or sealions playing hte the bay of Chonchi, and of course I do not know if the contamination is the reason, but I am afraid so.