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From Roble & Coigue

De Pellin y Coihue ! the sign says atop the entrance to a most well-placed restaurant overlooking the shimmering waters of Lago Ranco in southern Chile. The name highlights the noblest of Chilean trees, the roble and the coigue, both members of the Nothofagus genus that

From Rio Calle Calle to Lago Pirihueico

Now that a hard-surfaced byway has been opened from Valdivia directly east to Los Lagos, a superb road trip across the spectacular 14th Region of Chile, the Región de los Rios, is a journey worth taking. Valdivia is a special city, partly because the Spanish settlement, founded in 1552, was subsequently

Chanco; Between La Candelaria and Guadalupe del Carmen

Within a period of ten days in early February, the spirits of two magical figures, La Candelaria and Guadalupe del Carmen, turn the small village of Chanco into “Celebration Center”, filling its streets with religious celebrants and aficionados of the Mexican ranchera. These two personalities seem,

Loanco, fishing village on the Maule coast

Loanco; A Story of Give and Take with the Sea

With the first light of day the residents of the small fishing village of Loanco walked from where they had taken refuge a few hours earlier, over the hill to a spot where they could see their small town below.  Their worst fears were realized:

Michinmahuida Volcano

Carretera Austral Day Two….Chaiten to Coyhaique

Early the next morning, after a great breakfast of toasted homemade bread with thick butter, bittersweet blackberry jam, scrambled eggs, ham, and coffee with rich whole milk, we departed Chaitén.  The skies were clearing, and in the bright, cool morning air the still-smoking volcano, an imposing

Dave, Joaquin, Claudio and Gonzalo, passing through the Comao Fjord

Carretera Austral Day One…..Pelluco to Chaitén

It was still dark when the alarm sounded in our first floor room of the Zafiro Hotel located in the small village of Pelluco, overlooking Puerto Montt Bay. Joaco and I were sharing a room, and two of Joaco’s brothers, Claudio and Gonzalo, were in

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