I left Sydney airport on the 20th December, a direct flight to Chile South America. This was my second trip to Chile, my first was in 2009 where I lived for three and a half months, during that time I married my wife Ana. My first trip did not allow for much travelling or sightseeing; however this second trip was planned in detail, to allow us to travel from the north of Chile to the Patagonia region way south of Chile.
The flight was of twelve hour duration, and again when I arrived, I found I had arrived before I left Australia due to the time difference, rather confusing as the same was reversed on my return.
Santiago was to be the home base for our adventures; I invite you to travel with me up to the beautiful old harbour city of Valparaiso. Valparaiso is a port city on Chile’s coast. It is known for its steep funiculars and colourful cliff top homes; here we explore the flamboyant colourful back streets and alleys that Valparaiso is renowned for.
We leave Valparaiso for Santiago to begin the highlights of journey, from Santiago we board a Sky airlines plane for the Southern Chile city of Chacabuco, and arrive at the small airport called Balmaceda; from here it is a two hour fifteen minute bus drive to our destination of Puerto Aysen. Our accommodation was at the Hotel Loberias Del Sur.
Our adventure begins the next day, join me in hiking ( slowly ) through the Queulat national park where we hike to the top and witness the phenomenal Hanging Glacier, imagine the horrendous roaring of the ice being pushed over the tip to tumble into the raging ravine below. We leave the Hanging Glacier and by Catamaran and Zodiac boat, we venture to the San Rafael lagoon and witness the huge Continental ice shelf, get up close by Zodiac boat and touch the 120 million year old ice. Later on back on board the Catamaran, enjoy a whiskey with some of the 120 million year old ice, smoother than an Angels kiss.
We leave the Continental Ice shelf and journey on to the spectacular Marble Chapels; these were only discovered less than twenty five years ago, due to earthquake activity these marble caves were thrust to the surface from the ice age period. Here we boat through the caves and see the wonders from the Ice age, the majestic formations and rock patterns.
Therein ends the highlights of our Chilean adventure, but before I post any further I will share with you, some panoramic pictures of our Home base, Santiago. These pictures were taken from the Costanera Tower, the highest building in Latin America.
The Costanera Tower is sixty two floors high; it takes two minutes to reach the top. Upon entering the elevator, the guide advises us that the only difference we will feel is a popping of the ears. I looked at the floor indicator and saw we were passing each floor at a rate of one floor every two seconds, the ears did pop and we stepped out onto viewing floor, 360 degrees of the sprawling metropolis of Santiago with the Mountain ranges of the Cordillera Del Los Andes as a backdrop. I was told that the sight is more spectacular at night and in Winter, this being because the Andes are covered in snow and with the night lights of the city, are truly spectacular.
I look forward to sharing my posts with you.
I hope everyone is in the best of Health, and the New Year is full of Love and Happiness
Emu aka Ian