Shops and fish restaurants on stilts, the Angelmo area of Puerto Montt.
After yesterday´s light drizzle, we woke today to pouring rain (after being serenaded by rats in the walls of our hotel room overnight). We drove straight to Puerto Montt
to find out that our ferry had been delayed due to bad weather, and we would leave at around midnight nstead of 4pm. The ferry coming in had apparently got stuck in rough seas, so that´s a bit worrying! We walked along the artisan stalls lining Angelmo and then had lunch at a cafe on stilts above the little harbour. Walking around the nearby fish market, you can buy smoked salmon for around A$4 per kilo - we were so tempted, but knew we wouldn´t be able to keep it fresh in our cabin on the ferry.
The Pachamama group having lunch at the fish cafe.
A bit different, though, to what we pay for it in Australia. After the rest of the Pachamama bus passengers left, we walked along the road into the centre to get a few supplies for the ferry, because apparently snacks and drinks are quite pricey on board. Just by luck, we looked over to the harbour and saw our ferry coming in. We then waited in the boarding lounge for a couple of hours, watching our favourite telenovelas, before our ferry tour leader briefed us on what would happen on board. We all piled on, probably about 40 people in total, at about 7.30pm and went to our cabins to settle in before having dinner on board. Food seems to be plentiful, so don´t think we´ll be going hungry. The ferry is mainly a cargo ferry, so there are also lambs, calves, general supplies and a semi-trailer load of horses on board. We can see the trailer of horses from the lounge, and the poor things will be standing for the whole trip. The cabins seem pretty good, not very big (as you´d expect) but the beds are very comfortable and they are quite warm. Looking forward to the next four days.