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Estaquilla is a small fishing cove located 112 km west of the city of Puerto Montt. The first modern settlers arrived in this area only in 1933 artisanal fishermen currently dedicated mainly to the cultivation of the “Loco” mollusc, a type of Abalone or Sea Snail very desired by its tasty meat, a native species that grows from the south of Peru to Tierra de Fuego in Chile. 150 people live in the cove and there are 35 boats.

The still unexplored nature in the coastal area of ​​Los Muermos is one of the points with potential for tourism development in the Los Lagos Region.
There are around 500 people who live in Estaquilla, next to the sea and live on benthic activity. The landscape in the sector is different from what is seen in the region, or another point of the country.

Among the main attractions of this area are the Estaquilla viewpoint, Bay Estaquilla with its turquoise clear waters, Puntilla Estaquilla and its islets Tenedor, Estaca and Estaquilla portentosas rock formations, Huar Huar a beautiful beach of more 3 kms long with dunes and forests and the Coastal Path that aims to unite Chile from north to south along its coasts, in this zone in its first stage some sections are only for 4×4 cars.

The Punta Estaquilla beach is of a monumental beauty due, mainly, to its green islets that break with the current of the sea. Here everything hits the eye, from the houses that hang from gorges in front of the water to the crooked coast hit by waves.

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When I first went to Chile 30 years ago, I interviewed a television weatherman. Every evening after the six o’clock news, this fellow had to say: “Tomorrow it will be very hot in the north, pleasantly warm in the middle, and perishing at the bottom.”

What a shape. That was what attracted me to this long, thin country. Could a Chilean woman at the top possibly have anything in common with a man born 4,270 kilometers (2,653 miles) below her? How can a country function when it is 25 times longer than it is wide? I went to find out. This is the story of a love affair with a land where I spent six months traveling from the Peruvian border to Cape Horn; it is also a story of return; and of the ever-changing past. The working title of the book that resulted from that first journey was Keep the Mountains on the Left. If I did that, I could not get lost.

The Juan Fernandez archipelago, 650km out in the Pacific off the coast of Chile, was at the time my first visit, occupied by 550 people and two cars. The largest island was called Robinson Crusoe, as for four years it had been the home of the man on whom Daniel Defoe based his character, in real life the mercurial Scottish mariner Alexander Selkirk. Most of the men, when I pitched up, were called Robinson or Alejandro, and they fished, collectively, for lobster Juan Fernandez – large red crustaceans resembling pincerless lobsters which fetch high prices in the fancy restaurants of Santiago. I went out fishing for lobster with a Robinson and an Alexander across the bay where the captain of the fabled German cruiser Dresden blew up his magazine in 1915 after the British warships Kent and Glasgow cornered his vessel. We ate lobster for lunch cooked over a fire in the boat, and I managed 13 hours without a bathroom to use.

I stayed at the tip of Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost police station in the world, with three policemen who were on the lookout for Argentinian invaders from Ushuaia, the lights of which town we could see twinkling opposite. When I asked my new friends what they would do in the event of an invasion, they did not have an answer. But they often put the generator on to watch Argentinian soaps. Prevailing south-westerlies had twisted the beech trees into alphabet configurations alongside the cold Beagle Channel where Yaghan people eleven paddled their canoes. The Yaghan – long gone – lived off shellfish, and had a monosyllabic verb meaning “to unexpectedly come across something hard when eating something soft”, like a pearl in an oyster.

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Enjoy this photographic trip in the Torres del Paine National Park, and allow you to admire the beauty of its topography and its abundant flora and fauna. Some of the attractions you will visit are the Laguna Amarga area, where you can see the Torres del Paine peaks, and also visit the Cuernos del Paine viewpoint, Salto Grande, Lake Pehoe, Lake Nordenskjöld, Cerro Condor Viewpoint, Administration. Conaf office, where there is a magnificent model of this World Biosphere Reserve and Gray Lake with its wonderful floating icebergs in the lake.
We will begin our navigation towards the Gray glacier through the lake with the same name, among many floating icebergs of different shapes and nuances. Onboard the Gray II L / M, passengers arrive at the front wall of the gray glacier, an impressive natural wonder within the Great Southern Ice Field. This is one of the largest reservoirs of water on the planet. Here you can enjoy a delicious Pisco Sour with ice of 12,000 years!

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Far from the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Santiago, a very special grape grows. Almost killed by insects, and then forgotten, the Carménère was reborn more than 10.000 km away from its homeland and today is Chile’s most renowned wine around the world… But how did that happen?

In the 19th century, the phylloxera epidemic almost wiped all of France’s raisin plants, forcing French winemakers to start over with their plantations of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carménère. Their efforts worked and almost all of the strains were brought back to life, but the Carménère couldn’t adapt to the cold spring and early autumn rains of Bordeaux and got extinct.

More than a hundred years passed and the Carménère was reborn in central Chile. How? A decade before the plague that affected France started, a few strains of Carménère joined the European winemakers that migrate to Chile around 1850. However, this survivor wine strain was sown next to Merlot and Cabernet plants and for years Carménère was marketed as these two varieties.

It was not until 1991, that the French ampelograph Claude Vallat pointed that some kind of Merlot produced in Chile wasn’t Merlot at all, but he couldn’t identify what type of strain it was. Two years later, Jean Michel Boursiquot, disciple of Vallat, finally concluded that the random plant in question was Carménère, a strain that for a century was supposed to be extinct!

Everything after that is history. Chileans winemakers started to produced it and Carménère became a world known wine, winning prizes in Asia, Australia and the United States. If you want to try this fighter wine strain, you should definitely visit the the wine tours of the central valleys of Chile, an experience you won’t forget!

At the foot of the Osorno volcano (2661 m) and the entrance to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. After 35 km more, in the sector of La Picada, we began the 5-6 hours ascent in the Osorno Volcano in the Desolation Pass. Throughout our tour, we identified numerous species of forest plants and wildlife.
At the lookout (1100 m) we take a break to rest, eat and take pictures. Enjoy the panoramic views of Calbuco, Puntiagudo, Tronador, Volcanoes Yachts, the Patagonian Cordillera of the Andes and LLanquihue and Todos los Santos lakes. Then it begins with the canyon crossing the areas of black ash brought down by the melting of the glaciers.

The Osorno volcano is located 47 km northeast of the city of Puerto Varas, and on its western flank, just 11 km from the crater is the town of Las Cascadas. It is a composite stratovolcano belonging to the South Volcanic Zone of the Andes, and in conjunction with the volcanoes La Picada, Puntiagudo and Cordón Cenizos. The upper part of the volcanic building is covered by a glacier that, despite its retreat, represents a significant volume of water for the generation of lahars, with about 0.14 km3 of ice.
Its eruptive activity began in the Middle Pleistocene about 200,000 years ago a stratovolcano immersed in the ice field that dominated the landscape during the so-called Santa Maria Glaciation, eroded deeply during the terminal phase of it.
The historical eruptive activity of the Osorno volcano has been a series of episodes of low explosivity, among which the fissural eruption of 1835 AD stands out. The weak fumarole described since the beginning of the 20th century under the ice of the summit seems to have been attenuated at present.

Hike alongside the confluence of two rivers in Guatín canyon, where one river comes from the warm thermal springs of Puritama, and the other is the Purifica River, whose waters are from the Andes Mountains Range.