The final stage of the land route was to head north, from Caleta
Tortel, returning to Cochrane and Coyhaique, though by a different
route, along the southern shore of Lake General Carrera to Chile
My wonderful French teacher, Jocelyne, near
The Chilean saddle is oh so comfortable, consisting
mostly of sheepskins
From Tortel I returned to Cochrane for two days and then returned
to Lake Gen. Carrera to take the road along the southern shore, to
Chile Chico, about 5 kms. from the Argentine border. It was here I
made the biggest mistake of the trip. It seems that my B&B was
next door to a discoteque, which began its thumping electric sounds
(not music) at 12:15 am. Chileans have no problem sleeping with this.
I watched TV until they closed at 4 am. Another American couple left
without paying, to pass the night in their car on the pampa.
Lago General Carrera, south shore
From Chile Chico, the boat ride across the lake to the north is
truly a wonderful experience. There was a very strong wind, producing
large waves even though there is no tide or current. The 2.5 hour
crossing arrives at Pto. Ibañez, where the bus continues
another 2 hours to return to Coyhaique.
Tomorrow I visit Pto. Aysen for the day, then fly to Pto. Montt
on Monday. After eating as much fish and shellfish as possible, I
leave on Tuesday evening for the return home.
© 2002 Roger Emanuels