Around Futaleufu and Esquel (chile and Argentina)
First at all, sorry my english , but almost sure you will understand...
It was december 2011 and i had 10 unexpected days with no responsabilities.
Weather conditions : Rainy days
Forecast : sunny days
i asked to my wife: "would you like to ride somes days?
the answer was: " yesssss!!!!!"
so we set up in 2 days and finally we left our town Puerto Montt (south of Chile )
it was cloudy and cold and we hoped weather conditions change for better during the afternoon.
Somes fews kms and it was the end of tarmac road.
Map of the trip
Puerto Montt is the beginning of 1300 kms road called carretera austral . To ridi it you must take somes ferries.
This is the first one.
during teh afternoon we met others riders, him from France and her from Mexico
it was amazing how all this vegetation , wild ruibarb welcomed us to the south .... here we got around 180 rainy days per year
also we visited some friens that offer us "cafe y sopapillas " kind of fried bread
after coffee we continued and finally arrive to Rio negro, Hornopiren , we found a camping and looked for shelter because we got heavy rain
the river beside campground
it was the fourth time i was in Rio Negro, and it was the first time i did it with a suuny day
we awake , moved to the pier and wait for the ferry, unlikely for us we could not get in , it was full
and should wait for next day.
I was desapointed , cameback to the campsite and set a barbicue with 2 others rider from USA.
this the second ferry
somes chileans riders waiting ....
sunny days are unusual
Katherine and Vido
Flor enjoying the river
In the afternoon i went at the feery īs office and i got tickets for the ferry for the next day . i was very happy
again sunny day !!! how lucky we were!!!
we get in the ferry and we met riders from NZ and germany.
it was 4 hour navigation till next pier called"leptepu"
now somes pics during navigation
chilean playing music
Aleks from Germany
Rob (XT660Z) from NZ they have a RR here www.goldenbaytocapehorn.blogspot.com
a long navigation .... time for reading
Katy and Vido
near Leptepu pier
this is the road between Leptepu pier and Fiordo Largo Pier (10 kms)
Here you can read the name of the ferries company and the schedule
All the group before the third and last ferry (40 minutes), after the navigation we desemberked at Caleta Gonzalo pier
Next goal was arrive to Chaiten village with this landscape
The German rider had an accident , he fell down and a car moved him to first aid in Chaiten
we were not riding together , but everybody met and organized ourself to help in wathever we coulld.
we recovered the bike and Aleks was sent to another village by land
enf of the day we looked for a place to pass the night , and finnaly we arrived to springwater EL AMARILLO
the night was amazing, the camera didn īt help to show it
we didn īt believe .... another sunny day .
Flor decided to get in the pool, the rest of us we setup the bikes, and the idea was tocontact the hospital and visit Aleks, we understood he was alon in a foreign country , isolated villages, and he didn t speak too much spanich
while i called to the hospital to know
about Aleks , the rest of the group moved to Villa Santa Lucia , where we met later
lanscapes from Chaiten to the south
Villa Santa Lucia Valley
Aleks was stabilized and they were moving him to the capital by airplane, no way to visit him before he leave th hospital ,sowe took the last picture together, with Flor we decided to continue to Futaleufu and theothers continued riding the "carretera austral"
This is FUTALEUFU RIVER , if im not wrong should be one of the top 5 for rafting in the world
we found a campsite at town
a "BAQUEANO" sort of patagonian cowboy
we crossed the border to Argentina
with anydoubt the Andes range is one of the beauties of our continent
maybe you have listened about a volcanic activity , it was "cordon caulle" it s a volcanic range
and one volcano was blowing ashes , that the reason of grey pictures
Riding from Futaleufu to the border
argentinean road, not better than chilean ... shouldsay it was hard to ride in Chile and argentina, 2up and overloaded ,
sometimes had the idea the bike will break ....
ashes on the air ...
we drove till ESQUEL and there Beto a friend of mine offer us to stay with them and we met somes others riders at night. We walked the town during the afternoon
music at the main square
evening īs meeting with Beto
thanks you Beto
we left Esquel ,and we decided to cross " Los Alerces National Park "
i remember you is not fog , just ashes
it was too much hot , so we sotpped and take a fresh rest
there are many bungallows and campsites , but it s too much crowed during january and february
we left the Park toward north, next stop Puelo village
fuel was always a problem ,sometimes you don t find at all
we arrived to puelo lake and by this time winds blew off the ashes
we camped and rested
weather conditions still amazing , maybe too hot to wear motorbikes pants
anyway we moved toward Bariloche , with somes stops in between.
One was at the handcraftmarket of El Bolson , is like a hippie village , very nice and a must see
Flor was at the market during almost 3 hours , me just half an hour ....
for lunch try this... very good
LEMBAS is the name
look at Flor
pizzas and empanadas
after lunch we rode again to the north , tarmac road , amzing landscapes
We arrived to Bariloche , found a hostel a walked around
PERICO īS HOSTEL
AT night we celebrated our trip at a pizzeria , maybe one of the best a tried , or may be we were just so happy enjoying and
Great pics, thank you!
Day 8 and final
It was the day to come back home, 350 kms far.
Hope you `ve enjoyed and goodbye
That s all
Chelo and Flor
Muy lindo sus aventura. Gracias por compartirlo!
OPS I ALMOST FORGOT
what heppened to Aleks ???
I went to Santiago (chile īs capital)somes days after and i visited him at the hospital.
It was just his last day at the hospital. He was recovering well. Don t have the words to explain more.
Finally he made somes arrengement for his bikes , he stored it in Chile and it is supposed at the end
of this year he will come back and ride the "carretera austral" again.
Anyway it seems he went to Brazil and spent good time with somes friends before coming germany
Nice piece of country you have there.
What kind of camera? You do very nice work.
Thanks for sharing.
Camera PANASONIC FZ40
that trip is inspiring, i'm from mexico, we have nice places here too, but southamerica is just amaizing, i have to go some day.
Saludos desde Mexico
Fantastic country, ride, report, and photos! :clap
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