Welcome to my Puerto Duquesa blog

I've been visiting Puerto Duquesa three or four times a year for the past 20 years and have seen the area change enormously in that time. Where once there were dirt tracks and open countryside, there are now two lane motorways and apartment complexes. And whilst the area has changed and grown dramatically, it has still retained its small town, or should that be 'small marina' feel, which keeps me, and thousands others, coming back year after year.

Since I am currently in the USA it is a slightly odd time to start a blog about Puerto Duquesa, but the reason for doing so is simple - I may actually have some time to write some stuff! Most of the things I'm going to write about are things I like doing in the area or places I like going. Clearly I am not going to be able to cover everything, but hopefully I can give you a taste of what makes this such a special place and give you some ideas for your next trip.

If you can't immediately find what you are looking for, please scroll down and look in the blog archive (click the triangles to expand the list of articles). You might also want to start with these articles: Puerto Duquesa: the basics, Favourite (best?) restaurants in Puerto Duquesa, Puerto Duquesa beaches and Holiday accommodation in Puerto Duquesa. Want to get to know the area? Try A walking tour of Puerto Duquesa.

I welcome contributions, comments, criticisms and...well...praise.

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Thanks / Gracias

Chris (chris@cdgsmith.com) (March 2007)

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

A spare afternoon in Puerto Duquesa?

You can't fail to notice the magnificient site of Los Reales (the large mountain) dominating the skyline to the east of Puerto Duquesa. Rising 1,449 metres, or nearly 5,000 feet, it is one of the most recognisable features on this part of the coast and the views from the top are mindblowing.

Getting to the summit

One afternoon, my father and I set off for a drive. We hadn't planned to drive up the mountain, but the light that particular day, combined with a small amount of cloud cover, made it look even more magical than before. As we got close, we both decided that we would have to try and find our way to the top. We made a number of wrong turns to start with, but managed to find our way onto the main road winding up the mountain side. As we passed the expensive houses at the base, we wondered how long it would take to get up there...

It took us just under 2 hours, but I think it should only take an hour and a half if you avoid getting too lost at the beginning. It's definitely not a drive for those with vertigo as the latter stages are almost non-stop hairpins bends with some substantial drops if you get it wrong. My advice - take it very slowly and enjoy the view. There are viewing areas to stop on the way up and you'll know you've reached the summit when you arrive at a broadcasting station.

On the day we went, the viewing points offered clear views of the coast, but once we got to the broadcasting station at the summit we were actually above the clouds which gave it a very 'X-Files' type feel. It was also bloody freezing! If you fancy the idea of being an explorer from the comfort of your car, I'd definitely suggest waiting for a nice clear day - there would be nothing worse than driving all that way only to be up in the clouds the whole time!

I've always thought the top of Los Reales would be a fantastic vantage point to watch the sunrise, but I've never manged to get up in time...zzzzzzzzz...

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