Our first adventure was to travel NW from Coyhaique along the Rio Simpson and into the rain forest. We were able to get some scenic shots of Coyhaique with lupine in the foreground. Lupine was everywhere in in purples and yellows and pinks. There were a lot of watersalls along the road. Here is a shot of the Vela de Novia (Bridalveil Falls) and another shop of thethe Cascada La Virgen (Virgin Falls).
As we were just driving back to Coyhaique, we saw a group of alpacas. Alpacas are probably all owned due to the economic value of their wool. This alpaca protecting was his harem among the lupines on the road along Rio Simpson. He was coming up rather assertively onto a small mound between us and the others.
Estancia Punta Del Monte
In the afternoon, we headed up to an Estancia to the northeast of Coyhaique and next to the Chile/Argentina border, called Punta Del Monte. The owner's name is Alejandro Galilea Carriollo (Hano for short). After settling in, Hano took us all to a view poiunt on a mountain on his estancia. His estancia is huge, huge, huge. It seems like we could drive for hours and still be within it's boundaries. He has a few hundred cows and over 7000 sheep.
This is one of the gauchos employed by Alejandro to help with the sheep. He had one border collie and one kelpie to work the sheep. He had whistles and commands that the dogs would respond to and herd the sheep where need be and be sure none run astray.
Hano took us to some archeological sites on his property. He has found arrow heads, axe heads and other such tools and weapons. The area we were looking was where the Tehuelches people made the tools as you could see many stone scraps from their tool making process. The Tehuelches were nomadic and passed through this area following the guanaco herds. There were also quite a few cemeteries. These were thousands of years old. His workers had come across these strange piling of rocks and notified him. He then had it checked by archaeologists. Hano has a great passion for the archaeology and the history of his land. It was great to see his excitement in teaching us about the Tehuelches peoples of the past.
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