It was 1981 and there I was traveling to a small island on Lake Baikal. It was a long journey to get there as I did go overland. The goal was to watch the total Solar Eclipse that was about to happen. I was lucky enough to get a ride on a Russian Navy vessel
Here is a nice set of pictures of Chulillia and why it is something special. There is hiking, fishing, spectacular views, an old castle with a great history, and they have a barrio called Santa Barbara so you cannot go wrong. Amazing gorges and hiking is right there as well as some first class fishing.