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Puyuhuapi and Parque Nacional Quelat, Chile

Monday, March 20th, 2006


So, I like boats. Whatcha gonna do ’bout it?





Chaiten and Parque Pumalin, Chile – When I grow up, I want to be a billionaire

Monday, March 20th, 2006

It’s rainy in March along the Carretera Austral. However, that didn’t stop us from visiting Parque Pumalin, a privately owned park with trails and a visitors’ center. It’s something like a national park, only maintained better and without an admission charge. The man behind it is American billionaire Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of Esprit, the clothing company. We hiked a few trails there — Sendero Alerces, Sendero Tronador, and Sendero Cascadas. Fern-coated tree trunks fill the temperate rainforest here, and there’s no shortage of scenic waterfalls. We also saw our first fiord.

Had lunch in the high-quality organic restaurant in the park – yum.

Carretera Austral, Chile

Sunday, March 12th, 2006
There ain't nothin' around here except trees, lakes, glaciers and rough roads, so don't worry if we don't post or return emails for a few days. resizedaustralpond_1.jpg (posted from the lonely little town of Chaiten)  I guess ... [Continue reading this entry]

Esquel, AR

Sunday, March 12th, 2006
Rode on the Old Patagonian Express train, a small-gauge railroad.   resizedtrencito_1.jpg

El Bolson, AR

Thursday, March 9th, 2006
We just rolled into El Bolson, a former hippie enclave, so we hit the internet cafe. Not a detectably larger level of peace and love around here, at least no more than the ample quantity in other places.  Actually, it is peaceful and ... [Continue reading this entry]

San Carlos de Bariloche (reasons to hate Argentina, and another one bites the dust)

Thursday, March 9th, 2006
Just a note- In case you can't tell, this is a love letter to Argentina.  Sorry it may not translate well, but that is our intention.  Please see our responses to comments at the end. More stunning beauty. Big lake, big ... [Continue reading this entry]

Meet the new boss, definitely not the same as the old boss

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
Be careful what you wish for.  Or, being someone who used to teach grammar to international students, perhaps I should say, ¨Be careful for what you wish.¨  Maybe you have heard me whine about certain aspects of being an ESL teacher.  (NB: such complaints were ... [Continue reading this entry]

Villa La Angostura, AR

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
Another spot full of scenic, breathtaking beauty. Ho hum. We discovered that some of our photos from previous posts mysteriously disappeared, so we've put them back.  Take a look at the posts from Arequipa, Chivay, and everything from Puno onwards.  It's raining ... [Continue reading this entry]

Traful, AR

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
National park. Noice.

San Martin de los Andes, AR

Sunday, March 5th, 2006
Hey, there might be a theme here with town names.  As promised, it is located in the foothills of the Andes.  It is a heck of a lot like Jackson Hole, WY here, except in Spanish, and fewer antler-arches; actually ... [Continue reading this entry]