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Puerto Chacabuco Chile & Surroundings

Waterfalls in Simpson National Reserve  Photo, Puerto Penasco, Mexico

This port is quite isolated but interesting if you are a spirited traveler. We hopped on a local bus for an 8 mile trip to the nearby town of Aysen. For $1 US dollar we got our first glimpse of Patagonia as we passed a fjord and salmon being cultivated. Even though it was raining, the scenery was picture perfect.

Salmon farming is a major industry in this area.

The locals on the small bus, more like a van, were amused at the bunch of about 10 cruisers chattering about and being fearful of getting lost or getting off at the wrong stop. The bus ride was worth the anxiety as we saw a town where the average people in the area are living and working. Shops didn't start to open until after 10am and leisurely pace prevailed.

On an excursion we visited the Rio Simpson Preserve while interesting was not worth the $40 US dollars per person for the 2 & 1/2 hour bus ride. We saw basically the scenery on the $1 bus ride and it was more fun. The tour guide was a university student not quite having a grasp on the English language but what was charming was her enthusiasm and love of the country.

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