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Valdiva to Concepcion Wave Extravaganza

Valdiva to Concepcion Wave Extravaganza

Trip Ports of Call Dates Days
125 Valdivia and Concepcion Feb 3 - Feb 13, 2014 10
We continue north on this wave bombarded coast...

"The Chilean south begins here. The regions of La Araucanía, Los Ríos and the Lakes District jar travelers with their menacing ice-topped volcanoes; its glacial lakes that look like melted Chinese jade; and roaring rivers running through old growth forests and villages inhabited by the indomitable Mapuche people. Though not as rugged or as challenging as Patagonia – call it Patagonia Lite – it is home to seven spectacular national parks, many harboring perfectly conical volcanoes (like Volcán Osorno, which stands sentinel over the entire area) and has become a magnetic draw for both outdoor adventure enthusiasts and devil-may-care thrillseekers. Peppered about sprawling workhorse travel hubs like Temuco, Valdivia, Osorno and Puerto Montt, you’ll find charming lake and mountain hamlets, rich in architecture, culture and, most obviously, stunning backdrops of national parks and nature reserves, each one like an Ansel Adams photograph brought to life in cinematic color." -- Lonely Planet

What that paragraph didn't mention, because it's Lonely Planet and while they have good descriptions, I always use them as a tool to avoid, not to follow--is waves. We are now approaching the more well-known wave regions of Pichilemu and Concepcion, but we will still very likely be the only boat around- at least til we hit Concepcion. This is truly the "land of lefts", one of the most epic wave creating coasts in the world. So, if you like remote, and you like tackling some rather radical and supremely long breaks, and you like wind...and you like sailing where very few ever do. You're going to definitely like this trip.

We begin in Valdivia, the youthful and colorful new university capital of Chico Sur, which lies at the confluence of three rivers. The adventures begins with an immediate departure up the coast. There are numerous bays and inlets and river deltas that provide plenty of places to hide if needed, and these lay the needed underwater terrain to turn the magnificent southern ocean swells into those pearly point breaks. Want waves? This is the trip.



We have one cabin available on this trip to members or non-members. Please inquire if you are interested in joining and we will send the details.

GETTING THERE: LAN and SKY Airways both service Concepcion from Santiago and Punta Arenas.

VALDIVIA:

Air
Aeropuerto Pichoy is situated 32km from Valdivia on Ruta 5. Lan (http://www.lan.com; flies to Santiago twice per day from CH$104,100. Sky Airlines http://www. skyairline.cl departs for Santiago (from CH$151,500) and Concepción (from CH$29,000) on Sundays throughout January and February only (returning every Thursday).

Bus
Valdivia’s centrally located Terminal de Buses (Anfi ón Muñoz 360), along the northeast side of the costanera at Anfi ón Muñoz has frequent buses to destinations on or near the Panamericana between Puerto Montt and Santiago. Companies include Tur-Bus, Tas-Choapa, Andesmar, Bus Norte

SUGGESTED READING: Darwin's "Voyage of the Beagle".
Bruce Chatwin's "In Patagonia"
Sara Wheeler's "Travel's in a thin country"
Che Guevara's Iconic "Motorcycle Diaries"

Pluses
  • Cute colorful ports
  • Did I mention waves?
  • Goofy footer heaven
  • Radical wave possibilities
  • Wild and remote
Minuses
  • Cold water
  • Exposed coast
  • Rain always possible
Conditions
Air24C / 75F
Water13C / 55F
Mean Avg Wind61% BF 4 (13-18)
Miles200

Reservations
ReservedReserved
ReservedAvailable
Cabin 1 - Craig Pryor - Guests: Guest
Cabin 3 - Keith Cockrum - Guests: Guest
Cabin 4 - Available


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