Sur Chico Wave adventures
|Dates||Jan 20 - Jan 30, 2014 (10 days)|
|Ports of Call||Puerto Montt and Valdivia|
|Air||24C / 75F|
|Water||13C / 55F|
|Mean Avg Wind||71% BF 4 (13-18)|
"The Chilean south begins here. The regions of La Araucanía, Los Ríos and the Lakes District jar travelers with their menacing ice-topped volcanoes; its glacial lakes that look like melted Chinese jade; and roaring rivers running through old growth forests and villages inhabited by the indomitable Mapuche people. Though not as rugged or as challenging as Patagonia – call it Patagonia Lite – it is home to seven spectacular national parks, many harboring perfectly conical volcanoes (like Volcán Osorno, which stands sentinel over the entire area) and has become a magnetic draw for both outdoor adventure enthusiasts and devil-may-care thrillseekers. Peppered about sprawling workhorse travel hubs like Temuco, Valdivia, Osorno and Puerto Montt, you’ll find charming lake and mountain hamlets, rich in architecture, culture and, most obviously, stunning backdrops of national parks and nature reserves, each one like an Ansel Adams photograph brought to life in cinematic color." -- Lonely Planet
What that paragraph didn't mention, because it's Lonely Planet and while they have good descriptions, I always use them as a tool to avoid, not to follow--is waves. We are not yet in the more well-known wave regions of Pichilemu and Concepcion, but we are definitely now well into the "land of lefts". It's just that this area is a LONG ways from Santiago, access to the coast is exceedingly difficult, and hardy travelers are few. So, if you like remote, and you like tackling some rather radical left hand breaks, and you like wind...and you like sailing where very few every do. You're going to like this trip.
We begin in Puerto Montt, the last main city at the entrance to Patagonia. The adventures begin immediately with a short sail to the north end of Chiloe (Blue whales, pengiuns, waves...) then point north and begin exploring this wild coast. Numbers bays and inlets and river deltas provide plenty of places to hide if needed, and most likely score some pretty epic waves. We end in the youthful and colorful new capital of Valdivia, which lies at the confluence of three rivers.
GETTING THERE: LAN and SKY Airways both service Puerto Montt from Santiago and Punta Arenas.
Aeropuerto Pichoy is situated 32km from Valdivia on Ruta 5. Lan (http://www.lan.com; flies to Santiago twice per day from CH$104,100. Sky Airlines http://www. skyairline.cl departs for Santiago (from CH$151,500) and Concepción (from CH$29,000) on Sundays throughout January and February only (returning every Thursday).
Valdivia’s centrally located Terminal de Buses (Anfi ón Muñoz 360), along the northeast side of the costanera at Anfi ón Muñoz has frequent buses to destinations on or near the Panamericana between Puerto Montt and Santiago. Companies include Tur-Bus, Tas-Choapa, Andesmar, Bus Norte
- Blue whales
- Ok, serious waves!
- Remote and wild
- Waves and wind
- Cold water