We've been having much too good of a time to post.
Highlights include an extension on the main bodega/lodge, additional greenhouse work, a functioning "APR" Committee (Agua Potable Rural), and a complete coastal highway. From Puerto Montt to our driveway is around :30 minutes, depending on traffic in town. Sometimes a bit faster, Fridays usually slower, but all things considered much faster trips to El Tepual, the Puerto Montt airport, the kuchen of Frutillar (and the theater), coffee and chocolate in Puerto Varas, or school in Valle Volcanes.
The local church has filled our bodega/lodge a few times - 300 people once - so all the handmade wood tables (all the same width and height) and chairs were used, plus a few benches - for wedding receptions, etc.
Five new baby cows, a pair from last year learning to be oxen, and quite a few baby chickens all new this spring. Trips to Pto. Natales and the southern branch of the McLean clan, including a visit to Juan McLean street, and of course Torres del Paine. Big news: Our industrial strength, super-charged blender makes peanut and almond butter! Combined with the local blackberries, it's better than anything in town.
Finally, visitors from all over still drop in and collaborate. If you can slow down, life in Southern Chile is good.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
We've been having much too good of a time to post.
Posted by Safe Travels at 11:26 AM
Friday, May 16, 2014
Summer 2014 has passed and thank you to all of the volunteers - from France, the UK, Ireland, and the US! We built a new greenhouse, broke a water line, fixed it, picked blackberries, gathered firewood, and made good pizza. We celebrated birthdays, harvested Chilote potatoes, and a good time was had by all.
In the surrounding community there are lots of changes. The coastal "101" (comparison to California) highway is finally getting paved from Panitao to Calbuco. Cruce Cardenas, our intersection, has seen a lot of development, but we're 3.5Km to the interior, so while our half mile driveway is on the main bus route, we're well off the beaten path and thankfully the peace and quiet continue as progress comes closer to the rural areas of the peninsula.
The community of Putenio (pop. 500) was approved for a rural potable water system and a 110m well was completed. Each of the 100 houses in this community, scattered across large tracts of land and separated by hills and forests, now has a number on each gate fence post indicating their registration for a water meter when the Municipality installs the distribution system. Ilque and the school has potable water already, but this will improve access to clean drinking water for many, particularly during the dry summer months of January and February. At TNR we continue to use our 18,000L rain recovery, filtered system to supply water with success, and the 10m metal tower with the 1200L tank provides gravity pressure to the system for the camp showers.
We are still the place at the end of the road where progress comes slowly, but the wood fired pizzas and homemade blackberry kuchens, and the company around the table, make it all feel like home.
Posted by Safe Travels at 6:31 AM
Friday, May 3, 2013
Summer 2013New videos at: www.youtube.com/TNRChile
Local school has grown to include the 2nd year of high school here: www.colegionuevohorizonte.blogspot.com
Lots of WWOOFer volunteers from England, US, & Germany across the summer, gardening, planting, harvesting, weeding, beer-making, 12 piglets born, bridge building, and countless other activities. Good times in Southern Chile.
Posted by Safe Travels at 5:17 AM
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Saturday, December 10, 2011
We are well into summer here at TNR and WWOOFers have been busy help clean a local forest, work on invasive plants, and volunteer in our local, rural school reading to children!
While we currently have no openings until March 2012, we accept applications to stay all year long, January to December. WWOOFers interested in helping at our local school should remember the Chilean school year is March to December.
Our farm/ranch is located in the heart of the peninsula between Puerto Montt and Calbuco. Rolling fields, old growth forest, and amazing views of five volcanoes make it an excellent place to get away from it all. WWOOF volunteers would be welcome to camp or stay in a shared living space. There are several beautiful pastures. We are a family run farm. Volunteers would be welcome to plant tree seedlings, garden, participate in building projects including alternative energy efforts. We are also affiliated with our local rural school (about 100 students, elementary (basica) and high school (media), Colegio Nuevo Horizonte. WWOOFers sometimes stay on our farm and volunteer reading in English and helping out at the school. Meals and lodging are included. Please feel free to bring a book to donate to the school. The Tenio Natural Reserve is dedicated to forest preservation and growth of native trees (like the Tenio Tree). There is more to Southern Chile than Pucon - Explore the difference! Puerto Montt, 657 miles (1,058 km) south of the capital Santiago, is the gateway to Chile's remote, picturesque Patagonia region of glacial lakes, towering snowcapped peaks, and volcanoes that are a magnet for adventure tourism. WWOOFers often stay here and take short trips to Chiloe, Cochamo, or other national forests. With a view of five volcanoes, the Tenio Natural Reserve, located between Puerto Montt and Chiloe in beautiful Putenio, is at the heart of it all on your way to Patagonia!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Well it was cold this morning, so I suppose fall is here. The summer was busy but fun! Visitors once again from all over - France, Canada, USA, Zimbabwe - with lots of talent and skill for:
Helping deliver six baby piglets
Helping incubate and deliver six chicks
Tear down a greenhouse, clean, double dig, prepare, and secure a new garden
Find Tenio trees on the property (22 located, each one celebrated)
Build a secure chicken area (hawks George & Gracie & owl Boo don't have a chance)
Prepare and move building materials for a new commons area, affectionately called the bodega
Harvest lots of vegetables
Design, build, and evaluate rain water recovery systems
Mariscando! (collecting mariscos in nearby Bahia Ilque)
Basketweaving (no college credit)
Learning a bit of Castellano del Sur
Amazing French Pizza (Flame du Kuchen)
WWOOFer table full of comments and doodles!
Several excursions to Chiloe, Cochamo, Bariloche, Puerto Varas, and other nearby spots.
It all it was a lot of fun and next year the WWOOFer house should be outfitted for fun. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, stayed all summer, and came and went and came back again (Boomerangs!)
Next year: New commons recreation area, frisbee golf, more rain water recovery projects - and more efforts to keep multiplying our Tenio seedlings.
Posted by Safe Travels at 11:14 AM
Explore Southern Chile!
Fantastic fishing for rainbow and brown trout, plus three salmon species is as exciting as stunningly scenic rivers. Surrounded by several national parks that house tremendous waterfalls, live volcanoes, ancient glaciers, and therapeutic warm springs.
There is fly fishing for fanatics or novices, as well as sightseeing for nature enthusiasts, and hiking across old growth forests.
Volunteer tourism is a distinct option if you are interested. There are several local initiatives in education and development where you could contribute your skills and talents.
Activities in Southern Chile!
Fly fishing – expert and novice – for beautiful rainbow and brown trout, plus 3 salmon species.
Touring the unique, rare, and in many cases unspoiled environment of the Chilean Pacific Patagonia mountains and rainforest river valleys.
Puerto Montt’s history, from pre-Colombian times to the present is on display, including authentic totems and hunting tools. In 1976, some 35 km southwest of Puerto Montt, the oldest human remains on the American continent were discovered at Monte Verde.
Hiking, Camping, and Cabins
Saltwater excursions for fishing and marine mammal viewing.
Tranquil, scenic, and accessible environment
Putenio – We are in the heart of it all between Puerto Montt and Calbuco.
Todo desarollo debe buscar la sostenibilidad a largo plazo.
Bosques y comunidades del Sur de Chile By Rodrigo Catalán Labarías, Petra Wilken, Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst
Finally, all development needs to search for long-term sustainability. This is accomplished by establishing a balance between economic, institutional, social, and ecological dimensions. A way of life is sustainable if it handles the trials and external pressures and doesn’t depend on outside support, and if it does, it should be economically and institutionally sustainable. Furthermore, the productivity of natural resources must be maintained without diminishing or limiting the life choices of others.
Points of interest
FIN DEL TERRITORIO UNIDO AL CONTINENTE.
EL BAJO PANTANOSO (TABON)
DONDE HAY GREDA
LUGAR DE TOLDERÍAS O POBLACIÓN DE LA CALETA
DONDE HAY NALCAS
LUGAR DE CUMBRES
ESTERO DE OLAS PARTIDAS
PUNTA DE FORMA DE CUELLO
LUGAR DE FORMA DE CORAZÓN
LUGAR DE CHUPONES
LUGAR HACIA EL NORTE
HACIA LAS ALTURAS
AVE MARINA POLLOLLA
LUGAR SEPARADO O CORTADO
VOZ CHONA DE ORIGEN DESCONOCIDA
LUGAR DE PIEDRA DE MOLER
LUGAR ENTRE LAS HOLAS
LUGAR DE TACAS
LUGAR DONDE HAY PESCADO
ENTRE ÁRBOLES TENIOS
ISLA CASI UNIDA O ACERCADA
ESTUARIO DEL PATO QUETRO
ISLA DE CERRO COLORADOS
LUGAR DE LOS CORRALES DE MARISCOS
LUGAR DE ZANJONES, GUALVES
LUGAR DE LA PELEA
LUGAR DONDE HAY CHUCAO
ISLA CASI UNIDA AL CONTINENTE
LUGAR DONDE PARAN LAS GAVIOTAS
LUGAR DE MEDIO
CALETA DONDE HAY CAMARONES
PUNTA DE FORMA DE SAPO
CALETA DE RESGUARDO
RIO SOLITARIO O PERDIDO
NOMBRE DE ANTIGUO CACIQUE
MURMULLO DE AGUA
EL ESPINO NEGRO
LUGAR DE LA MACHI
PUTENIO, LLANQUIHUE, LOS LAGOS, CHILE
Between Tenio Trees/Entre Árboles Tenios
Chilean Trees & Plants
Puerto Montt, Calbuco, Chiloé & Surrounding Areas
- Ilque Map & Information
- Chiloe Mythology
- Ilque & Forestry Conservation
- Archeology & Ilque
- Weather in Ilque
- Chiloe Island
- History of Chiloe
- Calbuco & Volcanic Activity
- Calbuco Weather
- Information on Calbuco
- Municipality of Puerto Montt
- History & Tourism
- English & Spanish Information
- Flash Video & Information
- Information on Puerto Montt
- Puerto Montt Weather
From Forestry Quarterly, Volume 9, 1913
· Cypress (Libocedrus tetragona) a white, elastic, resinous timber, said to be almost indestructible, abounds in the neighboring archipelago.
· Alerce (Fitzroya patagonica) very durable light wood, abundant.
· Manui (Saxegothea conspicua) soft wood not durable, abundant.
· Ciruelillo (Embothrium coccineum) excellent cabinet wood, slightly pink colored, grows rapidly and is appropriate for parks.
· Laurel (Laurelia serrata) covers the mountains; is most used and cheapest for inside work where not exposed to the weather.
· Luma (M'yrtus luma), very large tree, abundant, lumber red and hard, used for carriage wheels and barrels. M. Meli is much like luma.
· Muremo (Eucryphia cordifolia) and Tenio (Weinmanma trich- osperma), very large trees, abundant, used for foundation timbers and in carriage making. W. paniculata is flexible and much used for construction of boats.
· Avellano (Gevuina avellana) wood cracks and twists if exposed to the weather, otherwise like cirudillo.
· Roble (Nothofagus dombeyo), very large tree, abundant, softwood, not durable.
· Canelo (Drinys chilensis), large, abundant, lumber is never attacked by rats or vermin used for interior finish.
· Arrayan (Eugenia apiculata), red bark tree, hardwood used for carriage construction.
· El Tepu (Tepualia), shrub which spreads horizontally on damp places forming impregnable barriers; used for Quilineja (Lu.zuriaga), parasite on trees, used for manufacture of baskets and brooms.
· Quila (Chusquea quilaj, a sort of bamboo, good forage, rich in pulp, suitable for paper manufacture.
· Brazil. Jataranda tan, reddish color with black grain, and /. violetta, violet color with black grain, both are favored for piano construction. They are easily worked with machine tools. There is also a black species of this genus similar to Ebony.
· Red Cedar, used for cigar boxes, and White Cedar used in small amounts for light furniture.
· Peroba has five species which are hard and are used for interior finish floors.
· Vinhatico, a yellowish wood used for furniture occurs in large trees 8 to 10 ft. diam. containing 800 to 1,200 cu. ft.
· Putumuju, a yellow wood, and Anariba, a brilliant red tone, are used for interior finish.
· Genipapo has a fine wood of grayish blue color and is easily worked.
· Cangcrana and Copahyba are waterproof woods and are used for railway ties.
· Pao jangada has an extraordinarily low specific gravity, 0.20 to 0.25. It is used for boats and skiffs and furniture; the latter is almost indestructible. Woodcraft, March, 1913.”
Tenio Natural Reserve (TNR) Contact Information
Education, Interests & Contact Information
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English, Science, and Math K-8
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