Boar-ing time in Cayutué

Seeing a small window of good weather, bright sunshine and no rain, in the middle of winter we thought about where we could explore and eventually decided that Cayutué would work best. We followed the normal path up to the lake and had lunch before searching around for the start of the trail that leads … Continue reading Boar-ing time in Cayutué

Warning – Rio Piedras Bridge

A warning to anyone going up La Junta by foot, the suspension bridge over Río Piedras is not currently safe to cross.After a few days of heavy rain at the end of May thousands of tons of debris was washed down, ripping out the foundations on one side of the bridge, leaving uprooted trees everywhere … Continue reading Warning – Rio Piedras Bridge

Lago Chapo in the Rain

Having family visiting we had to see the sights despite the wet weather. Luckily God was on our side and came out to tell us so, blessing us with some blue sky before letting loose the rain. The lake is much higher than it was over the summer and lots more wood has been washed … Continue reading Lago Chapo in the Rain

Bouldering at Lago Chapo

We have family visiting so we decided to take them to see the sights as it was a good weather day. We decided on Lago Chapo and Volcán Osorno, so put the dogs and the oldies in the cars and set off. As we had seen some nice boulders the last time we were there … Continue reading Bouldering at Lago Chapo


It's the middle of winter now, or we have at least had the shortest day of the year (to coincide with a heatwave in the UK) but that doesn't mean that we aren't hard at work. Using the few sunny days we have made a good follow up on painting the cladding tiles. And on … Continue reading Midwinter

Café Photos

A few people have asked how the café is looking, or indeed what it looks like at all so here are a few photos of how things are right now from the outside.

New Arrivals

A little before Christmas we got in the car and headed for Santiago. Not to escape the rain or to visit friends but to pick up two new whippets, one a two month old yellow brindle boy puppy and the other a ten month old blue girl puppy. We had hoped that getting another blue … Continue reading New Arrivals

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We spent our first Christmas and New Year in Chile at the café with our long suffering Workaways, Tom and Marie. A couple of English sisters came down from Valdivia with a child in tow for Christmas and we were joined on the day by local hero, Juan Andrés and his dogs, Lukas, Ramona and … Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

A whippet sized funeral

Monday 11th December would have been Lily's fourth birthday so we decided to mark the occasion by planting an Alerce tree on her grave. Alerces are a native species of cedar that can live to be over 4,000 years old. As she had only been in Chile for a few weeks she hadn't had the … Continue reading A whippet sized funeral

We’ve moved in!

We have been pretty quiet recently.... That's because we moved in about a week ago and haven't had any electricity, let alone internet. We have two lovely volunteers staying with us who don't seem to want to stop working, which has made things not only more enjoyable but also move along very quickly.  At this … Continue reading We’ve moved in!