When you go to Huilo Huilo, you can’t miss the Nothofagus Hotel (https://huilohuilo.com/our-accommodation/hotel-nothofagus/). One of the most unusual hotels I’ve seen. Outside it seems to merge with the natural environment, a sense that continues inside, especially with the spectacular circular atrium with rooms winding up in a circular path around a large tree taking up the interior space. Almost every square meter of the place makes one feel the outdoors.           Andrew, Michelle and Canaan       In the hotel you’ll see these amazing hand-crafted creatures, reflecting the magical quality of the place. They’re sold branded as “La Magica deRead More →

The Huilo Huilo Natural Reserve covers about 120,000 acres in central Southern Chile in a region known as the Seven Lakes. The reserve, a private ecotourism enterprise, was created in 1999. This was the last location on our day trip from Pucon, Chile, and it was a magical experience. We spent a few hours wandering along the paths around the Nothofagus Hotel, passing amazing waterfalls and through beautiful forests.     Hiking through the woods with Silvia and Victor in front, Canaan and Grima in middle and Andrew and Michelle taking up the rear.   Jon Wilhelmsen   Andrew and Michelle Blackford   Grima Wilhelmsen,Read More →

Grima’s brother, Victor ‘Pitin’ Farías and his wife, Silvia, live in Temuco, Chile, and have a small house in Pucón, Chile. Pucón is a resort town at the base of  Villarrica volcano, which erupted about 3 months after we were there. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villarrica_(volcano)). But, it was peaceful while we were there. We spent the night in Temuco and the next morning headed for Pucón where we spent much of the day. Mitch and Andrew with Villarrica Lake and Villarrica Volcano in the background.   Los Pozones is a natural hot springs about 37 km from Pucón towards the Argentine border. There are 7 separate pools andRead More →

Heading south on the Pan American Highway we made a stop at the Saltos del Laja (Laja Falls, or complete translation, ‘Flagstone Falls’). This is located about 31 km north of Los Angeles, Chile. It was a relatively dry summer so the Falls were pretty low compared to past flows, but still impressive nevertheless.   View from below   View from above   Mitch and Andrew   Canaan about to walk behind falls   A Chilean school group arriving   Contemplation   Group Photo   Mitch and Canaan cooling off   Ok, being a little silly – remembrances of engagement pixs   So, more toRead More →

We continue our trip up the coast with Mitch, Andrew and Canaan. Valparaíso is an old port town with steep hills that wrap around the bay. Viña del Mar’s character is totally opposite. Where Valpo is a working port city, just around the corner, Viña is a tourist destination. View of Valparaíso’s hills   This picture is an old one from 1966, but shows a pretty good view of the port city as it wraps around the bay.   Took a break from driving across from the old Valparaíso cemetery.   Time was running late so we passed through Valparaíso straight to Viña, where we had a bite to eat atRead More →

If you read the previous post (First days in Chile) you’ll know that we were traveling through Chile with our daughter, Mitch, and her hubby, Andrew and stepson, Canaan. Here are a few fun pictures on the beach at San Alfonso del Mar. Was a cloudy and somewhat cool summer day but that didn’t spoil our enjoyment, although the seagulls might disagree.             So, more to come. Love to hear what you have to say about our travels.  Read More →

For those of you new to us, I met my wife, Grimaneza (“Grima”), in Chile in 1966. I was a newly minted Mormon missionary. Unknown to her, I wrote in my diary about 3 months later that she’d be my wife. Funny how things turn out. (Don’t you think we were cuties back then?).   Our daughter, Michelle (“Mitch”), relatively newly married to hubby, Andrew, had wanted to take him and Andrew’s son, Canaan, to Chile to introduce them to her mother’s side of the family and show them around that beautiful land. As Grima was retiring in November 2014, we thought it would beRead More →