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.
The ferry was called the Transportes Austral. A much bigger boat than the day before, with a nice warm inside area.
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.
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.
Once we got off the ferry we were already in Parque Pumalin, we just needed to go up the road to the camp site.
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.