Santiago de Chile!

Forty-five days travelling Chile and finally reached the capital. We have already booked a hostel and catch the subway from the bus terminal to the other side of the city center. We spend the evening getting a first glimps of Santiago and walk towards the Plaza de Armadas. Without a backpack, without a camera, without a passport and credit card.…

Read more

Beer in Pucón, wine in Santa Cruz

As we leave Chiloé and set foot on the mainland, we are in doubt about the next destination. Eventually we decide to leap towards Villarrica. Hitchhiking to Puerto Montt and a bus to Villarrica, four hundred kilometers up north in the Lake District. During the ride the volcanoes become higher and increasingly impressive. Sun has set at the time we…

Read more

Isla Chiloé

We have taken a big bag of food for the crossing from Puerto Chacabuco to Quellón on Isla Chiloé. Chiloé is the second largest island in South America after Tierra del Fuego. The thirty hours on board pass by rapidly: the view of the fjords and the innumerable waterfalls is amazing. The first day the wind weaves a thick blanket…

Read more

Carretera Austral

About time to get some new stamps, because after a nights drive to the Argentinian-Chilean border at Los Antiquos we walk to the border post to get a Argentina stamp and then quickly organise a ride to Chile Chico. The young couple from the north of Argentina are on holiday in Patagonia and planned a day trip to Chile Chico.…

Read more

Keep on walking in Argentina

The Argentinian-Chilean bordercrossing and the guanacos along the road are a welcome distraction during the long drive trough the endless steppe of South Patagonia. Sometimes a wooden gate passes by, behind which a seemingly endless road leads to a large ranch with names appealing to the imagination, such as ‘Estancia El Cóndor’ and ‘Estancia el Ombu de Areco’. Once in…

Read more

Walking in Chile

Since Porvenir – our ultimate hitchhiking goal reached after two days – is not really a tourist destination, it takes some effort to determine when a ferry leaves for Punta Arenas. We end up asking for information in a number of shops, a museum and a cafeteria. The common denominator is that a ferry departs tonight, and the next one…

Read more

Tierra del Fuego

“Hola, hola … chico’s … ¿Quiero que los bananas?” At the airport we are awakened by a traveler who wants to get rid of a couple of bananas. A nice start of the day that gets even better when we emerge from the clouds 3000 km south for the approach to Ushuaia Airport. The airplane window offers an enchanting view…

Read more

Now we’re here anyway: Uruguay

We are adding another country to our list. Still in Buenos Aires we Already get our Argentina-out and Uruguay-in stamp in the airport-like ferry terminal. Once docked in Colonia del Sacramento, we only have to pick up our backpacks at the baggage claim. The terminal is near the center of the small town, so within half an hour we check…

Read more