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Our Vacation in

Argentine and Chilean Patagonia

We hope you enjoy these photos we took during our first summer vacation in 14 years.
The trip, after months of planning, lasted 8 weeks exactly. It began on January 9, 2004 and ended on March 5!
We were all tanned, tired and tickled to get home, but had a good time.
This started by taking a 38 hour ferry ride in 2 cabins along with our vehicle. This was from the world's most southern town, Puerto Williams to the world's most southern City, Punta Arenas, Chile. (See map at end.)
Then we drove for 4 hours to Puerto Natales where  the "Navimag" ferry was waiting for us to navigate us along with car for 3 days through the Chilean Channels.

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Typical patagonian road at the begging of our trip near Punta Arenas (We drove more than 3000 miles)
Typical patagonian road at the begining of our trip near Punta Arenas (We drove on about 2600 miles of paved roads and 400 gravel)
road to Natales
Road to Natales
Ferry from Natales to Puerto Montt (72 hrs)
Ferry from Natales to Puerto Montt (72 hrs)
Navimag ferry which holds about 200 persons and 25 cars and trucks
Navimag ferry which holds about 200 persons and 25 cars and trucks
Sunken boat  taken from ferry
Sunken boat which hit a rock seen from ferry
Straits of Magellan
This is close to the Straits of Magellan
Cook's daughter, Aida who spent the 3 day trip playing with our daughters
Cook's daughter, Aida who spent the 3 day trip playing with our daughters
tourist kids, Vicky, Aida, Aimee
tourist kids, Vicky, Aida, Aimee
Tourist Monica enjoying the trip
Tourist Monica enjoying the trip
Grace, Amy also enjoying
Grace, Amy also enjoying
Chilean channels that we took for more than 1000 miles
Chilean channels that we took for more than 1000 miles
Grace, Vicky, Amy
Grace, Vicky, Amy
seals. We saw many blue and humpback whales also
Seals.
We saw many blue and humpback whales also

seals
seals
Puerto Montt end of the ferry ride. Nopw we are on our way to San Carlos, where Monioca was born. It's about 240 miles South of Santiago
Puerto Montt end of the ferry ride.
Now we are on our way driving to to San Carlos, where Monica was born.
It's about 240 miles South of Santiago
with beautiful pasture land and mountain views on the way
Puerto Montt Beach
Puerto Montt Beach
Good swimming
Osorno Volcano and Llanquihue lake
Osorno Volcano and Llanquihue lake
Frutillar on the lake
Frutillar on the lake
Frutillar beach
Frutillar beach showing typical farm lands.
Most of this area was settled by Germans in the 19th century
Laja waterfall flows over lava base
Laja waterfall flows over a lava base and is only a few feet deep.
We camped here 3 days
We camped here 3 days. Good swimming in shallow water
Grace likes the water!
Grace likes the water!
Grace, friends from San Carlos and cousin on her left
Grace, friends in San Carlos with cousin from Santiago on her left
On the way back south we saw Chiloe stilt houses
On our way back south we took another ferry to Chiloe Island (180 miles long of beautiful scenery) and saw these stilt houses
Castro, capital of Chiloe
Castro, capital of Chiloe
Road to Cucao beach with Nalca leaf (they are something like Rubarb and good to eat)
Road to Cucao beach with Nalca leaf (they are something like Rubarb and good to eat)
Cucao Beach (Pacific with good surfing) This is a favorite spot for backpackers
Cucao Beach (Pacific with good surfing) This national park is a favorite spot for backpackers
Seemingly endless Beach with clam shells and our 4x4. We had to pull out several 2 wheel drive vehicles from the beach
Seemingly endless Beach with clam shells and our 4x4. We had to pull out several 2 wheel drive vehicles from the beach
Dog with his Dead Seal lunch
Dog with his Dead Seal lunch
Camping at Cucao just a cople of miles from the beach
Camping at Cucao just a cople of miles from the beach
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