Bigwoods in the bigwood

The mighty Alerce Tree I’m not sure if it’s the name, by Big Woods – or rather big tree always attract me. This part of Patagonia is home to the coniferous Alerce Tree (False Larch). Just like the Redwoods of the US west coast, these majestic trees can grow for over 4000 years and reach […]


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La Fiesta Del Cordero

The island of Chiloe, is at the heart of the Chilean culture and the focal point of many stories. Stretching 180km long by 50km wide, Chiloe is South America’s second largest island (after Tierra del Fuego). The indigenous community – the Huilliche’s and Chonos are still very present and it’s easy to spot these descendants. […]

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Shipbuilders of San Juan

We had the pleasure to visit the amazing little village of San Juan. Famous for its church and its two ship builders. It was amazing to see the team of artisans at work repairing 3 or 4 boats, and building about 5. These are family businesses with their trade being passed down from father to […]

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La Minga

Day 6: Quemchi We visited the Museu of Francisco Coloane, a famous Chilean Poet and Author who wrote some great books about life in Patagonia at the turn of the century. The museum also explained a great Chilean tradition called the Minga. La minga de tiradura de casas is an old Chiloé island custom which consists […]

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Disaster Strikes

It looks pretty but the ripio (gravel roads ) are incredibly dangerous. Very loose with some big stones. Other than the main roads which are busy nearly all the roads so far are ripio. Add to that the occasional truck passing by and showing you with stones and dust, and its just a lot of […]

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Arriving in Chiloe

Day 2. Calbuco After a late and relaxed breakfast, we cycled down the v815 road about 36km to Calbuco. We are not used to cycling with the big bags, so we noticed the weight and were rather slow…. Calbuco is a sleepy town, with hardly any tourism. We found a lovely old Hospedaje run by […]

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Arriving and starting

We arrived in Santiago and recovered our bikes. To great relief the bike boxes were intact and looked in good condition. Our friend Fran was waiting at the airport to pick us up and take us to her sister’s house which was our base camp for the next few days.  Janet had not been to […]

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