Bolivia: Uyuni – Cochabamba

We left San Pedro at 7am on the 17th March and headed up and up and up to 4200ms and the Bolivian boarder where we transferred to a 4WD and headed into Bolovia.  The car kept going up and we got to 4800 before starting to head down. I had a pee and felt v…

Northern Chile

Please excuse rushed typos and bad english – internet connections are ropey and rare! The highlight of our last day in Caldera was kids throwing fish remains into the harbour for a sea lion, and a dog racing down to try and fight the sea lion off.  Clearly the kids had done it for the…

Moving on: Pucon – Bahia Inglesa

Amazingly we managed to sell all our stuff in a couple of weeks!  The car failed its first MOT (which was expected – bald tyres) so we had to spend a small fortune getting it kitted out to pass, and then it went through with flying colours.  We bought it in November for 3,3million CLP…

Parque Nacional Conguillio

We’re becoming increasingly aware that it’ll not be long before we head off up-north: we’ve started making plans to sell the car, kayak and paddle (in order to finance the journey – see add on ‘Drive the Americas‘!), and we’re starting to look into what we might do up there.  In the mean time, between…

Heading back up north

19 Jan…. Having passed through the Argentinian border at 20h30 and interrupted the guards’ dinner (they seemed pleased – I imagine they’re lucky to see 2 cars a day there), we got on to one of the worst road I’ve ever been on: max speed 25-30kms/hr, with low petrol and me increasingly neurotic about our…

Carretera Austral – further south.

From the 9th Jan… After the boat to Chaiten (mainland Chile) we camped on a beach close to the ferry exit (again recommended by i-overlander) and awoke to dolphins playing in the bay just in front of us!  After enjoying breakfast watching them – even Soen spotted them and headed down to watch with Rabbit…

Heading down south….

We left on our ‘big ‘venture’ in the evening of the 4th of January, when Soen had had dinner, kissed Oli several times, and was almost ready to sleep.  We spent the night on the side of the road and early the following day we continued on our way to Valdivia, a lovely university town…

Christmas etc

We had amazing weather the week before Christmas. Jeremy managed to make the most of it on the river – he was doing exams to have the right to work as a river guide in Pucon.

Children

We made it to the waterfall we’d been trying to reach when we got drenched a couple of weeks ago, Rio Turbio.  Even on a good day it wasn’t easy as the signs promised we’d arrive in 400ms, then another 400ms….with two toddlers in tow the continual additions made us a  bit fraught.  Having said that…

Volcano climbing

We’re living under the active volcano of Villaricca (in a safe place just above the evacuation zone), and among all of the activities offered in Pucon is climbing it.

On the river

Jeremy’s managed to get a bit of work (and some nice reviews!) with a company called Kayak Chile. He’s done a couple of days here and there and it looks beautiful – kayaking down clear water with a view of the volcano ahead of you.

New Wheels

We’ve got us a ve-hicle! It’s a proper gas-guzzler, I’d never even try to justify driving it in Europe, but here with all the gravel roads, it seems like a good idea.