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// SEPTEMBER 2015
Go, on va,
Thessaloniki
Istanbul
Singapore
Auckland
Rotorua
Napier
Auckland
Rarotonga
Rarotonga
Aitutaki
Rarotonga
Papeete
Bora Bora
Mo'orea
Tahiti
Papeete
Easter Island
Santiago de Chile
Puerto Varas
Valdivia
Santiago de Chile
Buenos Aires
Posadas
Puerto Iguazú
Foz do Iguasu
Santa Maria
Punta del Este
Montevideo
Colonia Del Sacramento
Buenos Aires
Istanbul
Thessaloniki
Hobbiton
Potaka
Taupo
Waitomo Caves
Matavera
Arorangi
Vai'are
Ma'atea
Ha'apiti
Papetō'ai
Maha'ena
Tautira
Taravao
Papeari
Puna'auia
Chiloe Island
São Miguel do Oeste
Chuy

 

Valdivia


26th of September 2015
Cold shower in a five stars hotel…

We took our breakfast, while enjoying the views of the lake Llanquihe, after a “revitalizing”, cold shower, since at our five stars hotel,  Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas the hot water was not available.

Cold shower, in external temperatures 5 to 8 degrees of the Celsius climax, can only create question marks, as far as the way of functioning of a hotel with so high standards. Of course, we were offered a proper shower to another room, but when it came the payment time, they asked money equivalent to a luxurius reservation in a five stars hotel and not to a room with shared bathroom, as they should had done, when the situation developed in such a wrong and unacceptable way.
In a bad mood, which became even worse by the fact that we could not see anything because of the fog, we started our trip towards the island Chiloe and the city of Castro.
We were once more in Patagonia, for second time within seven months. This time, though, the weather was not our ally. Under thick fog and relentless rain, we reached the dock with the ferries, from where we crossed to the island and to the village Ancud, so as to continue then our trip till Castro.



The amazing archipelago Chiloe

Is part of a sierra which was sank under the waves, after the last Ice Age. The main island, Isla Grande, is the second biggest island of South America.
For more than three hundred years, Chiloé was isolated from Chile’s mainland. It stayed that way until the end of the 20th century, although now it attracts hundreds of guests with its unique combination of architecture and cuisine, and also with its famous legends and myths. 
The island is scattered with more than 150 wooden churches and small chapels too, which date back to the 18nth and 19th century.
We saw the church of  Castro, a characteristic sample of the area’s wooden churches, which are under the protection of the UNESCO.
The churches of Chiloe are really unique in Latin America, since they express an exceptional form of the wooden, church architecture. These churches represent the intangible wealth of the archipelago Chiloe and they are a successful merger of the natives’ culture with the European civilization, while they are also in absolute harmony with the architecture of the landscape and the environment.


Houses built on stilts!!!

Chiloe is also one of the very few places in Chile, where one can still see the Palafitos_ the fragile but picturesque wooden houses, which are supported by stakes and once used to be the traditional homes of the largest part of South Chile’s fishermen.
We enjoyed those really beautiful, wooden constructions, which are characterized by bright colors and they are extremely well adapted to the particularities of the island. The Palafitos can be seen all over the island.



We returned to Ascud and took the ferry back. We had a promenade in Puerto Montt, hoping that the weather would improve at some point and we would be able to see the shapes of the volcanoes.
We were unlucky, though. We could neither see those, nor  the blue whales which are supposed to whelm the area every year. It does not matter.
I think they hide, any time they find out that we are coming…


That’s how…a new journey is born!!!

In any case, we can always return to this area, combining somehow the famous course Carretera Austral, with Antarctica and the observation of the blue whales. The only thing needed is an unlimited imagination…and the adamant belief to the saying that …”every obstacle is for good”.

While I was already planning into my mind our next journey to Chile, we drove the opposite way, covering a big part of the previous day’s course towards “Switzerland of South America”, at the area of the lakes. This is a mountainous and full of forests area which is divided in between Chile and Argentina. We continued our journey through lusciously green areas and eventually reached  Valdivia, which is a beautiful city at the confluence of three rivers, and arrived at our hotel, Hotel Dreams Valdivia, a really amazing hotel.

We were lucky enough to arrive at Valdivia at the season of the Spring Carnival, which was celebrated next to our hotel.
We were listening to the music and could hear happy voices. Our longing to join the cheerful crowd was very strong, but the morning’s tiredness was already making me feel ill again. The long lasting, nasty cold that I had caught was well entered into orbit…
So, I remained in the room of the hotel, listening and watching from my window everything that was taking place at the street below me.


 

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Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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