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Local farmer, near Puerto Varas Puerto Varas and the Osorno Volcano Chiloé Island Flower sellers, Puerto Montt Forest and waterfall, Aisén QUINCHO COUNTRY HOME, NEAR PUERTO VARAS Overlooking Lake Llanquihue ten kilometres from Puerto Varas in the opposite direction to Casa Molino, Quincho Country Home is an incredibly welcoming home from home in the Chilean lakes. The house is beautifully designed and decorated, and with only four rooms, each guest is attended to with great care and attention to detail. Delicious home cooked food with fresh, local ingredients is combined with fine wine. Mapuche boy Quincho Country Home Aisén Chile’s Southern Highway, begun in 1976 under the determined project management of General Pinochet, snakes south from Puerto Montt through the country’s remote Aisén region down to southern Patagonia. The landscape through which you pass is dramatic, pristine, and enticingly studded with waterfalls, rivers, forests and lakes. The road’s romantic ending is a forced one; at the tiny hamlet of Villa O’Higgins it can go no further, obliged to trail off as the vast Southern Ice Field takes over. For those keen on road trips, we can organise a hire car and maps (see feature on page 111), or we can arrange a guide if you are heading for a specific attraction, maybe the towns of Cochrane or Coyhaique, the hanging glaciers of Queulat, or a cruise through the maze of fjords to the mighty glacier on Lake San Rafael. If you are short of time, you can fly into the town of Balmaceda, which allows easy access to the attractions of the region. ACCOMMODATION IN THE AISÉN REGION Scattered throughout this lush area are a number of rustic lodges which offer comfortable accommodation and a great range of outdoor activities, so that you can make the most of the mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Mallín Colorado Ecolodge and Terra Luna are both situated on the shores of Lake General Carrera, both offer a warm welcome and a range of excursions by foot, horseback, bicycle or boat, plus fishing trips. Close by, the more luxurious Hacienda Tres Lagos also offers adventure activities and pampering. All can arrange excursions to the Northern Patagonian ice field. The Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa is a more remote property only accessible by boat, a journey that provides stunning views of the dramatic fjord scenery. Icebergs from the San Rafael Glacier www.audleytravel.com/chile ● 01993 838 640 ● Chile 109

Chile by water Skorpios II Chile’s unique ribbon-like shape gives it over 4,300 kilometres of coastline stretching down the west coast of South America. The bottom third of this coastline is a fragmented landscape, as if this part of Chile was once dropped on the floor and it shattered into a thousand pieces. This means that there are many fjords, islets, archipelagos and peninsulas to explore, and there is no better (indeed there is no other) way to explore this fascinating territory than by taking to the water. This can be done either as a day trip, on a longer journey as a means of getting from place to place, or on a relaxing cruise as a key part of your Chile trip. NAVIMAG Navimag operate passenger ferries (carrying between 100 and 250 people) between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales, a journey that is impossible to complete by road on the mainland due to the obstacle of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. They also operate various other routes in the area which are ideal for travellers, locals and cargo alike. Joining the ferry offers you the unique chance to see the fjords and coastline of southern Chile go by at a leisurely pace, allowing you plenty of time to spot dolphins and whales along the way, as you wind your way through narrow channels and along the side of spectacular glaciers. The atmospheric journey takes three nights and leaves you at the gateway of Torres del Paine. Cabins are basic but food plentiful and community spirit abounds, with nightly gatherings to enjoy a pisco sour, Chile’s traditional drink. SKORPIOS The vessels Skorpios II and III follow three different routes through the channels and fjords of Chilean Patagonia on cruises lasting between three and five nights. The itineraries visit the fringes of either the Northern or Southern Patagonian Ice fields between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales. The boats have a capacity of up to 130 passengers, with well-furnished, modern en suite cabins on a number of decks, and a good menu of local Chilean cuisine. Daily excursions by motor launch take you to explore the mainland, cruise through the dramatic icebergs, or up to the face of huge glaciers. NOCTILUCA A 20 metre motor yacht which can sail into places that the bigger boats cannot, the Noctiluca offers a unique and intimate sailing experience with personalised itineraries around the beautiful and remote Aisén region. Noctiluca was constructed on Chiloé Island from a unique Patagonian wood that has been used for centuries by the local mariners, and sleeps four to eight passengers. It has a comfortable lounge area, spacious outer decks and the food and wine is of the highest quality. A truly exclusive experience. CRUCEROS AUSTRALIS Finally, to the very tip of the continent. The Beagle Channel and Cape Horn (weather permitting!) are two of the highlights of the ‘Cruceros Australis’ cruises that sail the waters between Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia, on Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, on three and four night voyages. There are daily excursions to see glaciers, elephant seal and penguin colonies, plus lectures from the knowledgeable guides, as well as evening entertainment. Comfortable cabins and plentiful food and drink mean these trips are a fabulous way to experience some of the remotest parts of the continent in a little bit of comfort. The cruises operate from September to April, with occasional sailings in the winter months. Noctiluca 110

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