Around Futaleufu and Esquel (chile and Argentina)

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  1. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    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

    https://maps.google.cl/maps?saddr=puerto+montt&daddr=Hualaihu%C3%A9,+Regi%C3%B3n+de+Los+Lagos+to:Hospital+Chaiten,+Chait%C3%A9n+to:Futaleuf%C3%BA+to:Esquel,+Chubut,+Argentina+to:puelo,+Chubut,+Argentina+to:Bariloche,+R%C3%ADo+Negro,+Argentina&hl=es&ie=UTF8&ll=-42.261049,-72.301025&spn=4.244136,9.107666&sll=-42.293274,-72.441306&sspn=4.241949,9.107666&geocode=FSwxh_0dPBKn-ykH9CBpTToYljHfyaV5WvGjhg%3BFfjMfv0d9tmq-ymtxEda5DsZljENy7MyHGVeHA%3BFaQkcf0dZG6q-yGwLOqXc5isxQ%3BFTwTbf0dtGa3-ynJ4vRSVnYeljH9BZkA1RfJaA%3B%3B%3B&oq=bariloche&mra=ls&t=m&z=7


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    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.
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    during teh afternoon we met others riders, him from France and her from Mexico
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    it was amazing how all this vegetation , wild ruibarb welcomed us to the south .... here we got around 180 rainy days per year
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    also we visited some friens that offer us "cafe y sopapillas " kind of fried bread
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    after coffee we continued and finally arrive to Rio negro, Hornopiren , we found a camping and looked for shelter because we got heavy rain

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    the river beside campground
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  2. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    Day 2

    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
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    somes chileans riders waiting ....

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    sunny days are unusual
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    Katherine and Vido
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    Flor enjoying the river
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    Hornopiren volcano
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    In the afternoon i went at the feery ´s office and i got tickets for the ferry for the next day . i was very happy
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  3. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    Day 3

    again sunny day !!! how lucky we were!!!

    we get in the ferry and we met riders from NZ and germany.

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    leaving Hornopiren
    it was 4 hour navigation till next pier called"leptepu"
    now somes pics during navigation

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    chilean playing music
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    Aleks from Germany

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    joe (DR650)

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    Rob (XT660Z) from NZ they have a RR here www.goldenbaytocapehorn.blogspot.com
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    a long navigation .... time for reading


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    Katy and Vido
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    near Leptepu pier
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    this is the road between Leptepu pier and Fiordo Largo Pier (10 kms)
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    Here you can read the name of the ferries company and the schedule
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    All the group before the third and last ferry (40 minutes), after the navigation we desemberked at Caleta Gonzalo pier

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    Next goal was arrive to Chaiten village with this landscape
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    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

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    enf of the day we looked for a place to pass the night , and finnaly we arrived to springwater EL AMARILLO
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    the night was amazing, the camera didn ´t help to show it
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  4. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    Day 4

    we didn ´t 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

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    while i called to the hospital to know
    about Aleks , the rest of the group moved to Villa Santa Lucia , where we met later

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    lanscapes from Chaiten to the south

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    Villa Santa Lucia Valley
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    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"
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    This is FUTALEUFU RIVER , if im not wrong should be one of the top 5 for rafting in the world
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    we found a campsite at town
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    a "BAQUEANO" sort of patagonian cowboy
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  5. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    Day 5


    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
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    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 ....
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    ashes on the air ...
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    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
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    music at the main square
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    evening ´s meeting with Beto
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    thanks you Beto
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  6. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    Day 6

    we left Esquel ,and we decided to cross " Los Alerces National Park "
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    i remember you is not fog , just ashes
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    it was too much hot , so we sotpped and take a fresh rest
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    there are many bungallows and campsites , but it s too much crowed during january and february
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    we left the Park toward north, next stop Puelo village

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    fuel was always a problem ,sometimes you don t find at all

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    we arrived to puelo lake and by this time winds blew off the ashes

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    we camped and rested

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  7. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    Day 7

    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 ....
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    local beer
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    for lunch try this... very good
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    LEMBAS is the name
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    look at Flor
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    pizzas and empanadas
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    after lunch we rode again to the north , tarmac road , amzing landscapes

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    We arrived to Bariloche , found a hostel a walked around

    PERICO ´S HOSTEL
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    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
    celebrating life
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  8. fishwich

    fishwich El Borbah

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    Great pics, thank you!
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  9. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    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
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  10. eatthepeach

    eatthepeach Adventurer

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    Muy lindo sus aventura. Gracias por compartirlo!
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  11. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    OPS I ALMOST FORGOT

    what heppened to Aleks ???

    I went to Santiago (chile ´s 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
    Bye
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  12. DerViking

    DerViking Shred

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    Nice piece of country you have there.

    What kind of camera? You do very nice work.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  13. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    Southern Chile and Argentina are amazing with nice roads.

    Camera PANASONIC FZ40

    Cheers
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  14. danoromero

    danoromero Dano

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    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
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  15. Dessert Storm

    Dessert Storm Dances With Drunks

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    Fantastic country, ride, report, and photos! :clap
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