Return to Patagonia
December 2006 - January 2007
Another summer vacation in Chile begins in Puerto Montt
where I first drop off my luggage at the B&B, then head for the
market at Angelmó for a lunch of paila marina,
a shellfish stew. These boats will be fully functional at high
Angelmó houses a fish market, vegetable market,
several mini restaurants, and handicraft market.
Razor clams, mussels, clams, another variety of mussels;
in jars are sea urchin, piure and mussels
Señora Eloísa at Cocinería Local 93
serves up a hearty pulmay, or curanto a la olla.
In the pot are smoked sausage, chicken pieces, potato bread, all
steaming from the many varieties of shellfish on the bottom
I chose a bowl of shellfish stew in the covered pot, and a sliced
Dried shellfish and seaweed. The next stall offers woven
wool objects like rugs, socks, hats and scarves.
The box shows the area visited on this trip, including a
portion of Argentina. From Puerto Montt I went south to the large
island of Chiloé to celebrate the new year with friends from
N. Texas University. We stayed at a cabin on the west coast where the
weather was fiercely wet and windy. I didn't get any good photos in
Chanquín, near Cucao, at the entrance to the
Chiloé National Park. The white sand beach is about 20
This is the trail to the cabin at the top of the
Chonchi, a lovely and peaceful town on the east coast of
Chiloé. There is a lot of fish farming activity
Chonchi, with the church in the background
Huildad, near Quellón
Collecting pelillo, a seaweed used in several foods and
Yaldad, near Quellón.
Structure for fish farming, Quellón
Quellón, at the southern tip of Chiloé.
Corcovado Volcano is barely visible in the distance.