Expedition Lemuy Island - The Road to Pain!

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

After being lazy all the previous day (forcibly on buses!) we have set a target of getting our legs ready for the big expedition at the end of the month "Torres del Paine".

Our little trip today consisted of a 19 km hike to the Island of Lemuy. A beautiful little Island with 4.800 inhabitants totally dedicated to salmon farming. As with yesterday the climate has been good with us and the sun has followed us most of the day, with only a few intermitent clouds passing.

A visit to the 200 year old church is well worth it. It is open from 2pm until 6pm and has a friendly young chap inside that explains the history. Apparently the tower of the church collapsed some time ago (Im sure we also read it on the Foot Print guide) and they rebuilt a new one. You can see the difference in wood. We are not church experts but we were told that the tower traditionally has 3 sections (one for the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Ghost). However, due to budget problems the Holy Ghost is missing...

The church was built by Jesuit priests and they are pretty large inside given that priests used to "tour" the different churches arriving only once a month in each one (approx.). This meant that people would arrive for baptisms, etc and would camp around the church. The chap at the church informed us that next 24th of January to the 7th of February they are having a big religious event and it will be well packed and worth being around.
He also likes a few coins in his box at the end of the explanation...well earned and that is his only salary.

Also interesting is the clock no the front of the church - its painted and never moves from 12.15 if we dont remember incorrectly. The artist must of suffered painting the numbers where they should be and the clock is quite similar to a Dali work of art...quite original!

These churches (there are about 10 in Chiloe) are today world heritage (protected by UNESCO).

Our legs lasted out, and we are going to regain energies by cooking in the hostal kitchen and having a well earned couple of beers, radio music (bachata please!) and a final desert of fruit cake and chocolates from the best Chonchi patisserie...hmmm

- great chocolate shop next to supermarket at bay. Good Kuchen and chocolate with fruits. $2k pesos should sort your cravings!
- trekking to Lemuy includes a ferry crossing of about 10 mins. It is free if you go on foot - cars pay. Port to get ferry is 4kms from Chonchi walking towards South.
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