Here’s another quick post from northern Patagonia. This time from the Reloncaví estuary which sits directly south-east of Puerto Montt in the the lakes district of Chile. It is a stunningly beautiful landscape dominated by ice capped volcanoes, sheer granite cliffs, impenetrable four thousand year old rainforests and an almost entire lack of roads. Travelling by sail allowed us to visit places and meet people that we would just never have encountered trying to explore the region by land. Like many in the region this family depends on the sea for a living, their small hand-built home sits perched on an isolated strip of land beneath a steep haulking mountain thickly clad with temperate rainforest. No road reaches the small subsistence farm upon which they live, rather a small natural pebble beach serves as their ‘driveway’. They supplement their diets with vegetables grown on their plot and home raised lamb, chicken, beef – that is when the pumas don’t descend from the national park above and steal their feed! For electricity the family has recently invested in a small water-turbine that harvests the energy of a nearby cascade, of which there seems to be an inumerable number due to the steepness of the terrain, the permanent ice caps towering above and plentiful precipitation. This photo captures a brief meeting of our vessels Don Jason II and Agartha for a chat in late January.
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