After the events of the weekend, we’re now enjoying ordinary days with good weather. We are still a couple of thousand kms south of Santiago, with just over a week to get back there. We got stuck at roadworks for 3 hours yesterday – they were blasting rock on a section of narrow unsealed road that is being widened and sealed. It will be great when it’s finished, but in the meantime …. lots of delays, and parts of the road are only single-lane, so even when they’re not blasting, the traffic has to stop for a while to let oncoming cars through in sections.

We stayed in a campground El Camping at Coyhaique last night. This is the largest town we’ve been in in weeks! Population of 60,000. We found the Austral Ferry office last night and will go there today to book places on the 2 ferries that take vehicles across 2 stretches of water. There is no other way to get north or south, apart from a very long detour through Argentina, and the 3-times-a-day ferries get booked out quickly at this time of the year. The earliest we can get on one is Friday morning (it’s Tuesday morning now).

4 thoughts on “Coyhaique

  1. Glad all is going well do I read into this that you are not really into a modern part of the World as we know it are they modern ferries what do people do for a living I guess that the homes are built of stone if not what the pic of the river it was running well would have been good had you had a canoe just joking.

    1. It’s all pretty isolated where we’ve been for the last 10 days. The main road south was only put in in the 1980s, and parts of it are still only accessible by ferry, and some of the ferries only run in summer, like 2 out of the 3 we’ve been on today. The longest ferry trip today took us 3.5 hours, and it was on a Greek ferry. Houses are built of timber mostly, and some have stone features or a stone chimney. What do people do for a living – farming, infractucture, there aren’t really many people in the southern part of the country

  2. It was never like this Never Never land and faire land where dry sunnier places but the pictures show a place that can be both wet yet beautiful as good a pictures as you have put on pity more people are not able to see such beauty .

    1. That kind of place is the total opposite to the sort of thing we’ve seen in the Australian outback, isn’t it? Very wet climate vs very arid conditions

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