Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Carretera Austral #4: Coyhaique - La Junta

After a day in Coyhaique the weather improved again and we continued our ride northwards. The first 10 km out of Coyhaique were along a very busy and narrow asphalt road, so we were happy to turn off back on a quieter gravel road towards Villa Ortega. After 53 km along a good gravel road through a beautiful valley we got back on a good and now much quieter asphalt road to Villa Mañihuales and Villa Amengual. Northwest of Villa Amengual we entered the beautiful national park Queulat with glaciers, temperate rainforest and fjords, reminding us of New Zealand. The road has now turned back to dirt again, mostly very good, but at times very rough. We camped and spent one day hiking in the national park before cycling on to Puyuhuapi and La Junta, where we arrived tonight. 

We expect to get to Chaiten in about 3 days, stopping at some hot springs on the way. The weather forecast says it will stay warm and sunny for at least the next week.

North of Villa Amengual 

 National park Queulat

 Colourful sunset

 Hiking in the rain forest: sendero Padre Garcia in Queulat

 Ventisquero Colgante (hanging glacier) in Queulat

German style houses in Puyuhuapi

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Corine en Tony,
Het ziet er geweldig uit, jullie fietsvakantie. Een feest van herkenning: de photo's van Patagonia. Geniet er maar lekker van (ik wist niet dat jullie al voor Kerst waren vertrokken).
Veel plezier!
Yolanda & Hayfaa