Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Mountains, rivers and lakes - Coyhaique to Puerto Guadal



Breakfast on the bus.

It was more than a handful. 20cm across and full of vacuna, eggs, onions, bacon and love.




The welcome aboard smile. We roared off to see the carved marble islands.

we are seeing more pet cats and dogs in the south than we have in the whole trip.
These are beauties.
Blue eyed darling. She'd fit in a pannier.





Something beautiful... Rio Tranquilo, Patagonia


La caverna de Marmol. The marble caves







Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Food for the soul... Puyuhuapi to Coyhaique, Chile


 We have had wonderful hospitality in Puyuhuapi.
Hotel Alemana has been a peaceful haven.
Charming hostess, house and gorgeous gardens.  
 Ursula prepared our breakfast.
Wonderful home baked bread, pates, cheese, meat and jams.
We ate at Rossbach restaurant last night. Ursula used to run it and cooked the food for thirty years.

 I posted photos of the garden yesterday. This monkey puzzle tree reminded me of those on the Picton foreshore. Joseph banks took samples of the Chilean Pine to England where it later became known as the Monkey Puzzle tree.
 Early morning reflections as we leave.
  Chile has many salmon farms.
 We visited Quelat Hanging glacier national park.
 The walk through the beech forest was very familiar.
 Tiny seedling beech trees in this moss nursery.

 Two species we don't see in the beech forest in new Zealand. Bamboo and Pangue which has huge leaves.



 Rio Cisnes valley.

 Villa Amengual - lunch stop.  Men at work building a stone wall outside the church, using river stones.


 Here is the warm heart that prepared our lunch.



The road sides were purple with lupins.


 and the garden at our home for tonight has delphiniums
 lilac

Peonies. My favourite flowers.




and roses.


Late evening painted sky at  Coyhaique, Chile. 9.30pm