Coñaripe, Chile

the beginning of Patagonia Soul

Coñaripe, Chile is a one-street town set in the fertile cradle between Lago Calafquen and Lago Pellaifa. It is beginning to catch the tourist craze, with hostels & hospedajes (families which open their homes to travelers, typically more comfortable ... and slightly more expensive) popping up to the sounds of buzz saws & banging sheet metal. It is a poor town, with the hopes of growing rich from the tourism industry.

Travel Tip: When crossing lakes in Patagonia, plan to paddle across in the mornings when the wind is low. Unless, of course, it's going to be a tailwind!

Side of the Sun

When the winds rise and the waves crest over this once gentle lake

I look to the side of the sun and search for the calm of a single ray,

Your soft finger against my cheek.

The packrafts add SO MUCH ADVENTURE POTENTIAL. It’s sort of ridiculous.
— Trail Notes, 11.09.16

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