Rapa Nui

Isla de Pascua… A tiny spot in the immense Pacific Ocean. It is a triangular island that only measures 21 by 24 km, find this between all that water! Hanga Roa is the only city on this volcanic island, where there live around 3000 persons and the hordes of tourists that enter and exit there. There lands a daily LAN flight with a Boeing 747, dropping around 250 people there.
This is righteously called one of the most desolate places on earth. The closest island lies some 2000 km’s away and the American continent – Rapa Nui is part of Chile – is some 3700 km’s or 4 up to 5 flying hours away…

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Rescue Trip in Cochamo

Opsporing in Cochamó

Vorig jaar hoorde ik iemand vertellen over “Cochamó”, een paradijs, nog niet ontdekt door het grote publiek. Maar…moeilijk bereikbaar. Nu we toch in de omgeving waren, ging ik even piepen op internet. Ik kwam terecht bij wonderbaarlijke beelden en mogelijkheden tot paardrijden, de droom van Bart.

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The Carretera Austral – Part 2

The trip to Coyhaique is a long and hard one, but in the late afternoon we’re finally there… Finding a bus to Puyuhuapi, another 4 hours further is no option today. Instead we join a group of Chilene people on their trip and head all to Puerto Aysen. A small cosy village we thought, but it proves to be quite a great city.
In our hostel we can arrange immediately transport to Puyuhuapi the next day. Jippie…

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The Carretera Austral – Part 1

Ranking among the world’s ultimate road trips, the Carretera Austral runs 1240 mostly unpaved kilometres alongside ancient forests, glaciers, pioneer farmsteads, turquoise rivers and the crashing Pacific. Completed in 1996, it cost an initial investment of US$300 million, took more than 20 years to build and cost 11 workers their lives. Pinochet’s quest to cut a road through Aisén was not based on common sense or a pragmatic plan, it arguably had more to do with the symbolism of a highway that tied together the disparate regions of the country.

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Attencion : PATAGONIA SIN REPRESAS !!!

Patagonia boasts one of the world’s great water reserves, with deep glacial lakes, two of the planet’s largest non-polar ice fields and powerful, pristine rivers rushing from the Andes to the Pacific. It’s a dream if you’re a salmon, a nature lover or kayaker. Or a hydroelectric company.

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Border Crossing

There is that beautiful way to cross a border… A 22 km hike along the no man’s lands. Sure we’ll go that way!

So in El Chalten we take a bus to Lago del Desierto, where a small boat brings us to Punta Norte, the Argentine border at the other side of the lake. A perfect camping spot, so we set up our tent there, with great views over the lake.

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To ‘Ultima Esperanza’

After a 30 hour boat trip, with some whales in the channels and too few food in the cafeteria for 80 persons, we arrive in Punta Arenas. A thriving city near the Strait of Magellan. From here we have left the Isles at World’s end – Tierra del Fuego, Isla Navarino, Isla Hornos and numerous other ones.
For us the Punta is just a transport hub to the nearby Puerto Natales, from where we plan a trip in the immense famous ‘Parque Nacional de Torres del Paine’, where nearly 155000 tourists yearly pay tribute to the ‘Paine Towers’. A rock formation famous for it’s changing colours at sunrise.

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