Last month we drive to the end of Ruta 5 which is the major highway which runs from the far north on the Peruvian border to Chiloe Island. We drove to the end of the road to see if there were ferries over to Chiloe. You can see on the map below - location C is where we live. Location B is Pargua that has the ferries over to Chiloe.
If you zoom in on the map, you can see the ferries going back and forth. This month we took Ruta 5 to Puerto Montt and turned left onto Ruta 7 to see its end and this is what we found. Location A on the map.
|The ferry takes pedestrians, cars, and trucks, and even buses from La Arena to Puelche|
Just across a river but in order to get to the lower third of the country this is the only way unless you want to go to Argentina
|We thought this little power generating plant for the locals was pretty cool|
tapping the power of a waterfall
|We took the 1/2 hr walk but this park is vast and some of the trails are 8 hr + hikes|
Over 20% of Chile's land is in national parks- some are huge and very remote
|The Alerce tree also known as a larch is an evergreen conifer|
They can grow to over 200 ft. tall and the oldest living tree is over 3600 years old!
This tree is a protected symbol of Patagonia