09
May
2004
James

Lago Nahual Huapi

Sunday we woke early to execute a highly planned bike ride along the huge Lago Nahual Huapi (photo) on a 56 kilometer ride dubbed the Circuito Chico, “Small Circuit” in english, which was anything but chico, but definitely a beautiful and worthwhile trip. We rented bikes for $15 pesos (bout 5 bucks americano) and warmed up our rumps for a nice thrashing. The ride began on a nice paved road with a wide, groomed gravel shoulder perfect for bikes… little did we know that our timing was ever so perfect.

08
May
2004
James

El Bolsón, aka Berkely California

We decided to take a trip a bit to the south to see the artsy hippy-ish town of El Bolsón “comunidad no nuclear” as the sign read as we arrived in town (interpret that as you wish). We shlightly overshlept after a long night and didn’t quite make it in time to catch the morning bus, and then the 11:00 bus was full, soooooo we sat in the Bariloche bus station playing Hearts till noon-thirty (card gameing to pass idle time with random travelers abounds on the gringo trail).

07
May
2004
James

The road to Argentina

We left Chilóe island on the day the weather went south… our voyage also took a detour and we are now headed into Argentina via Osorno to the town of Bariloche, a ski resort town situated inside the National Park Nahual Huapi on the western shore of the 180 km long lake that bears the same name as the park.

06
May
2004
James
05
May
2004
James

Chilóe, Chile

Chilóe is a large island south of the small city of Puerto Montt, again settled predominantly by germans. We arrived to the island Monday after passing through Pto. Montt, and spent the afternoon walking around the town of Ancud, which was deliciously interesting. We spent a little time watching some crab-fishermen, who came back with boatloads full of crabs….more than I’ve seen since Singapore or Bangkok.

05
May
2004
James

Chilóe, Chile

Chilóe is a large island south of the small city of Puerto Montt, again settled predominantly by germans. We arrived to the island Monday after passing through Pto. Montt, and spent the afternoon walking around the town of Ancud, which was deliciously interesting. We spent a little time watching some crab-fishermen, who came back with boatloads full of crabs….more than I’ve seen since Singapore or Bangkok.

03
May
2004
James

Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas was an interesting little town on the shores of Lake LLanquihue, with a couple of volcanoes in view around the other shores. It was a quite little German influenced town, and we spent Saturday and Sunday there, walking around the lake and the town just seeing the sights.

01
May
2004
James

Valdivia, Chile

Once again, quoting from Paul’s mass email:

27
Apr
2004
James

Pucón, Chile

After a few days in Santiago with Tom we left on a night bus 11 hours to the famous Pucón in the Lake District of Chile. It is a very popular destination because its situated on the black sand banks of an excellent huge lake with the towering Volcán Villarrica not far away. It is a resort town with huge mansion-like hotels and a nice casino that somehow came away with $10,000 (thats chilean pesos) of mine at 3:30 in the morning at the blackjack table, but its also a destination for adventure sports. We missed the summer rush by a few months and the town was nearly dead.

21
Apr
2004
James

Santiago and Back

We left for Santiago, 6 hours away on Sunday and arrived and got picked up by tom in the Government van with diplomatic plates. It was pretty cool to say the least. We hung out that night and then monday morning, Tom had rented a car, so we hopped in along with his girlfriend Angelica and headed on a road trip… to none other than La Serena. We went straight back where we had just left. But the trip was cool and we got to go up into the Valle de Elqui where they make Pisco, a local liquor, and tour the distillery.

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