Day 139/164: Hornopiren to Caleta Gonzalo – 3.5km

3 1/2 km riding today! Yes seriously! 3 kilometres from camp to the ferry terminal then a 5 hour ferry ride, then 500 meters to camp on the other side.

It was great to wake up warm and dry, having heard the rain pouring down over night. My shoes were dry and warm from the fire. As we did not have to be at the ferry terminal until 9:30 am, after breakfast at the camp I had time to come back to the cabana and have another cup of tea by the fire.



Waterfront Hornopiren

Waterfront Hornopiren

Hornpiren foreshore.

Hornpiren foreshore.

The ferry was called the Transportes Austral. A much bigger boat than the day before, with a nice warm inside area.

Me and the ferry

Me and the ferry

Getting on to the ferry

Going on to the ferry

I spent the time waiting to sail, and quite a bit of the sailing time, catching up on the blog. Plus also went outside to see the view.


Along the way (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

A full ferry!

5 hours on the ferry to Caleta Gonzalo


Ferry approaching the ramp at Caleta Gonzalo and the Parque Pumalin.

Almost there! (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Almost there! (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

I was a bit surprised when I went outside near the end of the sailing to see all the life jackets out and wondered for a minute if I had missed something. Apparently they need to be checked and counted every week, so today must have been the day.

Life jackets on the boat

Life jackets on the boat

Finding our bikes afterwards (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Finding our bikes afterwards (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Leaving the ferry (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Leaving the ferry (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Once we got off the ferry we were already in Parque Pumalin, we just needed to go up the road to the camp site.

Arrival at Caleta Gonzalo

Arrival at Caleta Gonzalo

This park was created and is owned by the USA billionaire Douglas Tomkin  (co created the North Face). This Parque (park) is a private reserve of 700,000 hectares, which is in two sections and has been given nature sanctuary status.

The Parques cover large areas of the western Andes and has virgin temperate rain forest, it is a beautiful area. The second part of the Parque has had Puma reintroduced.  There are trees called Alerce trees, ranging from 1,000 to 4,500 years old in the forest, plus there are also the world’s smallest deer called Pudus.

The Parque cuts across Chile from the sea to the western Andes ranges. There was a lot of opposition when the Parque was bought, and a lot of suspicion about the intentions. However this has now settled, and this Parque is considered to be the most important conservation project in the world.

To get to the campsite you had to go across a wooden suspension bridge which was a bit scarey and tricky pushing a bike.

The bridge to camp

The bridge to camp (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Beautiful camp spot (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Beautiful camp spot (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

View from edge of camp (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

View from edge of camp (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Categories: Chile, South American Epic | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Day 139/164: Hornopiren to Caleta Gonzalo – 3.5km

  1. Michele

    Wowsers Kaye it looks like Marlborough Sounds beautiful without the snow!

  2. Glynis Denz

    Super views and a great campsite, thanks for sharing with us. Festive celebrations are hotting up here…enjoy and rides, thinking of you!! Glynis

  3. Wendy

    Yeah I was thinking it looked like Milford Sound. Beautiful. Loved the suspension bridge

  4. Beautiful! For some reason I had always thought this area would be barren. Now I see why people want to go there.

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