Tuesday, March 25, 2008


After our week at PBC lodge, Ryan and I said our goodbyes to Marcel and Carolina and hopped a plane north to Balmaceda towards our next destination, El Saltamontes Lodge. We met by Jose, the lodge owner at the airport, piled into his Dodge Ram (which was weird to see after such a long time down here in the Patagonia with the smaller more efficient trucks) and chatted with him over the two hour car ride in to his lodge. Upon arriving, the sun was setting and I noticed large alpaca herds that were grazing on his land. It turns out that the lodge is the largest working alpaca ranch in the region and that exports to the States and Asia a couple times a year. Jose´s daughter Natalia took Ryan and I over for a closer look at them.

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