Jaime Gatica, Departemento de Operaciones
The Departemento de Operaciones de la Gobernacion Maritima de Puerto Montt
Antonio AMIGO Jimenez, Gobernador Maritimo de Puerto Montt
With Sally, a friend of the family, in the Restaurant "Kiel"
Helga Birker, my lovely German host in Puerto Montt, with her son Joerg and his Chilean wife Soledad
And just a handful of many ten thousands of the mussel breeding floats
The floating base station of the many salmon breeding cages
One of the salmon breeding cages, covered with a net
Camp on a nice green meadow!
My poor kayak (down at the water line) had to be dragged over the wide boulder beach
...and back to the sea lions!
Back to the caves!
The last farewell view from the bow, with Daniela, crew member...
...and from the stern...
Victor the captain on the right, with a crew member
The racy zodiac loaded
besides my kayak on the big boat!
The line up of the crew from the "NOMADS of THE SEAS", starting with the captain, Victor, for the farwell of the small group of friends of Andres.
Andres, Ricardo and Tito enjoying the hot spring soak!
Bill, thinking "what am I doing here?" :-), Thomas in good champagne spirit...
The beautiful hot spring bath after the barbecue.
Andres, myself, Ricardo, Jorge, Tito, Campbell, Thomas and Bill.
With Andres, owner of NOMADS of THE SEAS", on th ewalk to the hot spring
Our barbecue site with Fjordview on the meadow - the guys are really so nice to carry me on their arms!
Fernando from the crew is waving the helicopter to land on our barbecue meadow
The lamb roasted Asado style in the hut, Fernando, a crew member, is taking care.
Andres, owner of "NOMADS of THE SEAS"
A chillout at the bar of the "NOMADS of THE SEAS"
A nice chat with three of the four female crew members in their lounge
We have to hit the helicopter platform!
The "NOMADS of THE SEAS" from the helicopter
Arturo's cockpit in the helicopter
Mr. Topgun, Arturo, the pilot of the "NOMADS of THE SEAS"
The landing of the helicopter for launching the fly fishing boats in the river
A nice fishing settlement in the Fjords
Thomas and I on the helicopter back seat
The three whirlpools, massage table and sauna on the "NOMADS of THE SEAS"
Victor, 2nd officer, on the bridge
Ricardo equipping himself for the fly fishing session with a nicely filled "Flachmann"
Chef Miguel at work in the galley
Chef Miguel and pilot Arturo in the galley
The hottest zodiac on board!
It didn't match me also riding this horse... :-(
Fernando, the guide who was my initial contact to enter the boat. Thanks!
The heli on the platform for filling up
Contra - the man in the underground from the heli petrol station!
Precise landing on the helicopter deck!
Approaching the helicopter platform
The helicopter had a glass bottom for great view
Helicopter flight along a Fjordland river
Arturo, the pilot, flies me back from dropping the guys
The guys are ready for a wet rafting session with the guides Cristian and Ignacio
Two sunburnt happy faces!
The helicopter just taking off
The crew was helping with changing of the passengers
Ready to go rafting!
The two helicopters on the deck
The helicopter service crew Lucio, Oscar and Washington
The crew was loading my kayak on deck of the "NOMADS of THE SEAS"
Just loading one of the many boat toys
One of the red bumble bees on the deck
Fabian, one of the guides, on the bridge
Four very important men on deck! Oscar, Pablo, Contra, Lucio
My first approach of the "NOMADS of THE SEAS" - what the hell is that boat about?
Beautiful campsite at the inlet at Puerto Santo Domingo
The natural "water tap" for boats with the ugly graffity
I just liked this red flower! There were many of them in the bush now.
My last campsite "on the rocks" - nice spot!
The windy and sandy but beautiful camp at the river mouth
The concrete camp platform I was so lucky to find in the bush!
Who would think of a concrete camp platform here at this ugly beach?
1612 took care of me right after I left Puerto Aguerre
The helpful Navy officer in Puerto Aguirre on Islas Huichas - quite a village with 2000 people! No road access though...
A big floating carpet of those annoying tiny pieces of floating puffy rocks
One more nice rock camp
Trees in Fjordland are sometimes growing horizontal to survive
One of those floating caves from the salmon industry washed ashore
My rocky hole "portage" around the corner with the heavy tidal stream against me!
A crystal clear ice sculpture, a beauty of nature!
Iceberg number five
The tongue of the glacier in Laguna San Rafael
Iceberg number four
Iceberg number three
Icberg number two
A crystal clear ice berg
Ice berg number one
It was cold here!
Iceberg number one
The river bed on the portage exit was covered with thiose tiny pieces of floating rocks
View out of my tent over the Laguna San Rafael
The wild beach at the portage exit at the Laguna San Rafael at low tide
My piece of Laguna ice was melting for fresh drinking water!
I was just about to do the last drag of my boat over this huge log at the river mouth...
...when my bow toggle broke and I flew on my backside!
Some tiny violet mushrooms - they are looking like drug mushrooms, don't they?
Reday to float along the last bit of the tiny grassy river
Just about dragged my kayak over the fallen birch bark tree - what am I doing here?
...at least there were big umbrellas in case it may rain...
Me and my kayak were wet, dirty, muddy and knackered after most of the portage was done!
This is not the place I like to paddle! But better bad floating than good dragging...
This is supposed to be a better part of the track with the logs across!
These huge 1 meter wide leaves are amazing!
Following the "path" of the portage
Huge leaves and tiny flowers..
Not a "bridge over troubled water", but just a fallen birch tree blocking the grassy channel
The fallen birch tree on the land portage "pass" where I have to haul over my kayak...
The grassy wet "path"
The final "floating" section - the Laguna San rafael is in sight! You could hear and smell it...
These huge plants were amazing!
...now making his way on land...
Hola! Frog climbing out of the water...
The start of the lake paddling section
The finish of the lake paddling section
Reaching the finish of the short lake paddling section
The small lake...ten strokes, I was acros...
The entry of the lake section
The lake shore
Now - "open water" on the lake!
A few more handrailing along the tiny river entering eventually the lake
It may get a bit wider soon?
The entry of the Lake - this small!
The path is wet!
A beautiful farn!
The path along the lake!
Walking through wet moss
Some white moss in the bush!
My camp on th epath in the middle of the bush - with the kayak...
The path becomes obvious to be seen
The exit on the last bit of a tiny river to find the path start
The mirror image Black River
Am I drunk to see double?
The two kayakers from Italy I met on the river
A possible campsite on a sandy river bank
The river was calm and dark
I had to find my way through this old flooded forest
The eye and mouth of the dead whale
The skin of the whale starts to peel off
The view from the tail of the dead whale
What is he doing up here???
No snow on this mountain at the entry of the river - just clouds...
Glacier San Quintin at sun rise
Camp on the sandy beach at Bahia San Quintin
A huge Hamburger on the sandy beach??? A flying UFO just landed? It must be a coral piece. It was about 40-50 cm in diameter.
Do the animals here have bones in their balls???
Just passed the lucky arch
Can I paddle through this one?
Trees are growing here double story
Just one more waterfall
Caves, and a long mossy drippy hanging Stalactite
The huge cave with about 200 seals - they made quite an echoing noise!
The seals eventually sent out their watch dogs to chase me away
The vultures are living in cooperation in the seal's cave, eating the rest of the undigested food - literally the seal's poop
The seal's cave with the arch fro the side
The hairy one...
Rock formations in excess
Caves were en masse in this coast
More caves and sea stakes
Another hole in the rocks
The triple arch!
My water tap for the night
Camping on white clean cobbles is my favorite
Approaching my small beautiful white gravel beach for the night
A huge arch in the rocks
The cliffs were full of waterfalls, arches, caves, sea stakes...
Cliffs with the mountains in the hinterland
A single cliffy island
The huge beautiful waterfall!
A massive guy!
Landing on a nice gravel beach in Caleta Machado
My camp base layer on the big rocks...a fish box, two canisters, a flat log for the "kitchen"...I had some better beds!
A calm, but not very inviting low tide landing
Juan and Jose from the Navy station helped me launching!
Juan making home made ice cream!!!
Jose preparing some chicken for the dinner
Jose and Juan adding the self grown precious green salad leaves to the Hamburgers
Dinner at the Navy station. Note the white table cloth and nicely made up table!
...and this is how the weather turned next day...
This was the weather on my arrival at lunch time...
The landing and plank walk way up to the station
Fuel tanks for the ever running generator
The old Navy station house
The old Navy house already loses some shape!
The dangerous looking planked walkway, about 2,5 km long, sometimes quite high above the ground, would need here and there some upgrade...
The helicopter port, but the station is mostly served only once every four months by boat
The new Navy station house
The whale bones floating high up in the puddle in the tidal swell
Some whale bones in the water
The leftover floating blubber of the whale
Just another dead whale...
A stranded fishing boat
Rocks with the red lichen
Is that a sea otter?
Another dead whale...
Quite a huge guy!
What is this orange huge float?
A beautiful beach with a massive amount of clean white gravel to camp on
At least a bit of nice beach to walk on!
I love this flower, it is quite common along the rocky walls!
My dream beach...
The huge ferry boat between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales
Brass tag on the monument Angostura Inglesa
No light house... the monument Angostura Inglesa
Small fishing boats at Puerto Eden
The brandnew ferry port at Puerto Eden
The hostel from the guys, the first house besides the ferry port
The modern ferry port in Puerto Eden
My nice camp under the open roof...
The nice and friendly guys from the hostel in Puerto Eden allowed me to charge my electronics after 6 pm when there was electricity
Puerto Eden just recently got an upgrade by the goverment
The small shop in Puerto Eden...people seem to prefer to get supplies by the ferry
"SUPERMERCADO EDEN" :-)
Approaching the small village of Puerto Eden (200 people) with the inviting ferry landing
Puerto Eden is located in a gentle smooth area of the high mountains of Fjordland