Whoops, a few pics from the last section didn't make it to that album...
...here they are
The couple managing the Casa Verde Hostel in Trevelin. They had a million questions for me about my trip and even asked their facebook friends what questions to ask me!
There I am
Back on the road, heading towards Chile
5th time entering Chile *yawn*
The road between the border and Futaleufú is perfect, but only for about 12 miles
I stayed at Hospedaje "Adolfo" in Futa, where they speak English 1/3 of the time (according to the sign out front)
I tried to leave Futa after spending one night there. The rain was so bad I that I turned around and went back to the hotel. After the rain cleared I did a little hike to this viewpoint and the amazing scenery convinced me to stay for a week and a half!
Lago Espolón Harbor
Lago Espolón ferry
The ferry goes to the village "El Espolón", and passes a few amazing houses along the way
Let the trekking begin! This was a relatively short 2 day trek from the port for El Espolón, back through another valley to Futa
This road goes to the town...
...where I found the horse trail to take me back to Futa
To the guy living on the left: It's true.
There were HUGE, dead old trees everywhere in this area. Apparently some of it was caused by "slash and burn" farming
On the first day I got just about to Lago Las Rosas and camped in this field (see my tent?)
This house is only reachable by foot or on horseback. They had a satellite dish and I asked a person working outside where the electricity comes from. Turns out it's hydro! There's a small shed with a turbine in a box that turns what appears to just be a small motor, which connects to a battery, which connects to an inverter for AC. Pretty cool.
Lincon Logs house, complete with red wagon wheel. Gotta love it.
The next few pics are from another viewpoint hike (Piedra de aguila)
The trail from the two day trek ended through the mountains on the other side of the valley
Futaleufú is known for it's incredible water color
Setting out on a three day trek to Lago Azul (Blue Lake), which appeared to have floating ice in Google Earth so I had to check it out for myself!
Excellent views back to the Tres Monjas
Lots of waterfalls around
An abandoned home and barn along Rio Azul
I set up base camp outside this vacant house, and the next day I continued with just a daypack
I could see a farmer down there doing stuff... Possibly farming.
After way too much bushwacking, I had my first view of the glacier!
And arrived just in time to catch this cascade of snow
There was no sign that anyone had ever been here before, so I had to ruin that by erecting a small cairn
The last of many challenges for Lago Azul trekkers is this huge granite bolder field
...from my last...
...walk around Futa.
I don't think I've posted any pics of Chilean money yet, so here you go
Back on the road again after my unplanned week and a half in Futa - here's another impressive home I passed
Pizza flavored peanuts! Does it get any better? (No, no it doesn't.)
Tres Monjas, una vaca
Luckily, Extremo Peligro is my middle name. That's right, in Latin America I'm known as Pablo "Extremo Peligro" Gareau.
Heading towards the Carratera Austral from Futa
Villa Vanguardia, on the CA
My post-wipeout crumpled bike and trailer. Amazingly I was able to run out of it and didn't get hurt
Great scenery and a good place to camp - just a little ways before La Junta
Thanks Mr Tzu, but this traveler has a boat to catch (I spent a boring and very rainy day in my tent)
Luckily for me the second morning was beautiful and I was able to head out again
First sign for the Carretera Austral
The fiord at Puyuguapi
Dolphins! (I counted three)
View from my campsite just outside of Parque Nacional Queulat. I don't recommend camping in the park since it costs $20!
The huge hanging glacier (Ventisquero Colgante)
I took lots of pics here
Natural mineral water! It tasted just like what you'd buy at the store - amazing.
The scenery around the pass was incredible
I did a little hiking through the Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest) but wasn't feeling well and didn't make it to the lake with floating ice
From the junction of the road to Puerto Cisnes the CA is paved with several nice rest areas - a big change from the rutted single lane road before there
I had to take a day off in Amengual - I'll need to be more careful with my drinking water
The cheapest hotels are usually pretty easy to spot - $8 per night
Some great views after Mañiguales