typical wooden shingled house, Futaleufu
white water kayakers on the 'Rio Azul'
Anna rounding up the horses on the way to Villa Santa Lucia
gigantic 'Nalcas', a characteristic species in the damp wet valleys of southern Chile
'Cabeza del Indio', (Indian's head) Rio Futaleufu
Happy New Years 2011!!! camping on the beach with two beers and a pretty 'average' view, lago Yelcho
What a place for a New Year day swim!
whoooaah...luckily it was really hot out because the water wasn't! New Year day dip 2011
Officially where we started on the Carretera Austral, Villa Santa Lucia
"snap, crack...ouch!!!"... the deconstruction tour begins. A broken bolt that tensions Ali's Brooks saddle sheared straight off on the bumpy ripio a few km out from Villa Santa Lucia. Rough 'bush mechanic' repairs with a wrong sized bolt, a pair of old smelly socks and a unusable spare tube.
Wooden chapel with shingle tiles
Enemy number 1 the 'tabano'. when the sun was out these guys were unbearable.
'Patagonian summer' camp by the Rio Palena just after it met the Rio Frio. Half hourly swims in the icy water was the only way to not melt in the hot 30 degree sun.
Riding through giant 'Nalca' ferns between La Junta and Puyuhuapi
Arriving to the pacific ocean with the bikes at Puyuhuapi. the first time in South America on the pacific
Ali filling up for cooking at the 'mini' COPEC Puyuhuapi
Ali, Marcelina (the proprietor), Aritz (Basque) and Anna at Camping La Sirena. Marcelina the friendliest woman on the whole Carretera Austral!
martin pescador, with its catch between its beak after fishing in the fjord
on the way to PN Queulat
Ventisquero colgante, 'the hanging glacier' PN Queulat
Our Chilean friends from Viña del Mar and Santiago, Arturo, Ali, ..., Elias, Jose, Anna
Cuesta de Queulat
Anna climbing and swatting fast flying (and biting) tabanos
Laguna Encantado, the surprise at the end of the 'Bosque Encantado' hiking trail, PN Queulat
'Bosque Encantado' (the enchanted forest)
Rio Cisnes beach camping...the 'patagonian summer' continues
Lago del Toro
"look no hands!"...and finally some rain on the Carretera Austral
Deconstruction tour continues...this time a bolt holding Ali's rack sheared off in the frame. Luckily there was enough still sticking out to remove with the leatherman.
the view over the valley of Coyhaique...still more up to get into town!
typical 'hospedaje familiar' in southern Chile. for us a refuge from the downpour of rain the day before with a warm fire inside, the whole place to ourselves, hot coffee, empanadas, 'kuchen' and a comfortable bed
A very topical subject in this part of Chile. The planned hydro electric dams on the two highest flowing rivers in Chile the Rio Baker and the Rio Pascua. Lots of 'sin represas' (without dams) feelings in the people that we met along the Carretera Austral
'our rivers are much more than electrical energy'
The feeling in Coyhaique about planned hydro electric dams for the Rio Baker and Rio Pascua: 'NO DAM$'
Plenty of 'sin represas' graffiti along the length of the Carretera Austral