We were so preoccupied by the hockey the Summer holiday Saturday night when we arrived that we did not go to the Navimag office to get ferry tickets. Big mistake. When we checked out after the game and went to the office at 11 they were serving number 40 and we had number 58. By the time we got a ticket it was for the 245 ferry the next day. The problem is that this means if we get that first ferry then the second will arrive after dark in the town that is 60 km from the third and last ferry of the day.
Step 1 drive the 70 km from Chaiten to the first ferry dock at Rampa Caleta Gonzalo
Step- 2 beg the ferry guys to let us on the earlier sailing.
Step 3 race the cars the 10 km to the next ferry launch from Rampa Fiordo Largo to Rampa Leptepu. Then hope you can get on this one early. We arrived at 145 for the 2 sailing that finally arrived after 3.
There was another couple from Chile on a V strom, who had tickets for the 2 sailing, but they ferry guys figured we would get on too. Two bikes came off the ferry from Ecuador. The crazy thing is I knew one of them. When I went up to say hi to Jaun Crespo he said I know you we are facebook friends! It’s such a small world of coincidences. Good luck on your way south!!
Step 4 is a 4 hours ride from Rampa Leptepu to Rampa Quintupeu along the inside passage.
We got a cabana again so we could cook and be warm with a fire. We are looking forward to getting back to civilization, where you can get a fresh vegetable! In the morning we had 60 km to go from Rampa Quintupeu to Rampa Puelche, with the last 15 km paved. There was not too much traffic so the dust was not that bad.
This ferry runs every 30 minutes from Puelche to Caleta La Arena 30 km from Puerto Montt. Daniel and Orvar chose the 150 km way round on the 100 km of dirt to Osorno and Trevor (rear shock toast 2 days ago) and I (sick of the dust) took the ferry.
The guys on “the long way round”.
Now just 110 km to Osorno and clean laundry!!!