My son and I came out of Santiago de Chile airport just after Xmas to start a great adventure in north Patagonia.
We cashed in some money and found out we were millionaires!!!! Well in Peso/Chilean dollars.
We are now back in Santiago and flying home soon. Packing to go out and packing to return are both long jobs. We had a great trip staying in the biobioriverlodge about 30 mins drive into the mountains from Lonquimay. The name Lonquimay means the meeting place (of the Pewenche chiefs). In the lodge we had sweet tasting water from a stream, electricity from a generator for three hours each night, and we cooked on a stove using bottled gas. The area is known as the Aaraucania region after the Chilean
Monkey Puzzle trees that are enormous in the area.
We travelled down from Santiago by road, on the Pan American highwaythat runs all the way down from Alaska to the far south of Chile. We also went through a mountain tunnel that was 5km in length (and I think the longest tunnel in S.America).
We have dome a lot of kayaking, trecking, and some white water rafting. We crossed the border into Argentina through the Icalma pass, just for a day.
It was here that Camilo and I considered a kayaking expedition around the Lagos Alumine for December 2016 (see picture below) with some practice in N.Ireland in Strangford Loch earlier that year! More to follow soon – with some rafting pictures.