After receiving an invitation from a Spanish blog reader living and working in Chile, I decided to make a little detour to visit her in Chanco. She’s an architecture student with her studies on hold to reconstruct buildings damaged by the 2010 earthquake, which happened to be exactly six years ago when I recently hitchhiked to Chanco. They made a remembrance mural with natural colors found in the earth surrounding the village, depicting the earthquake (pictured) and the aftermath reconstruction the people are still working on. I got my hands a little dirty to make one patch of the mural – which is not as easy as these people make it seem! The earthquake of 8.8 magnitude was one of the strongest ever recorded and could be felt from Concepción (my current location) to Santiago and even Argentina and Perú. Most damage in the region came from the Tsunami following the “terremoto”. A nearby building will become a museum dedicated to this event, see updates on their Facebook page.
I camped out in the peaceful forest next to the village for one night. It’s already colder here at night than in the Santiago region and I’m a little worried about the weather changes that will come. Several of my drivers have told me that in Puerto Montt – the last big city I’ll visit on Chile’s connected territories – it practically rains every day. The upside is that the nature will become even more awesome and intense, with many glaciers, lakes and (active) volcanoes on the road. There’s the world’s biggest privately owned national parks, like Corcovado NP with a volcano of the same name that has inspired many folks. There’s this cool documentary called 180 Degrees South (available on Netflix!) in which I first heard about this place. It’s my recommendation for a movie night! Clothing wise I’m not 100% prepared, but I’ll do some thrift shopping in Concepción before heading off to the cold and wet.