Saturday, 13 March 2010


Although relatively straightforward, the journey to Peurto Montt took significantly longer than anticipated, necessitating an over night there rather than heading straight through to the much smaller and more picturesque Peurto Varas. It was a bizarre experience to be back in a city having been in such rural areas for so long- the traffic, noise, number of people and relative poverty came as a bit of a shock to the system. Peurto Varas however is a lovely little touristic town, where we re-met up with a Chilean couple, Natalie and Ricardo who were trying to get back home to Santiago.

As all transport to the north is in chaos we ended up spending a couple of very enjoyable days with them, before we headed off to leave Chile for the Argentinian city of Bariloche.

The route we decided to take for the border crossing is a fairly unusual one, and involved three lake crossings (plus an extra little one necessary to reach somewhere to camp for the night) and crossing the Andes via a very challenging and poorly ripio'd 1000m pass, to head into Bariloche from the West. The challenge was worth it however, as it provided three days of unbelievably beautiful scenery, and our lakeside camping spot at the border control was absolutely stunning!

Bariloche has ended up being a week of parties and reunions, staying in a hostel with a really lovely group of people and then having bumped into Kev and Heather again we had a very lovely evening watching James Wheeler and some other local blues bands at a Blues concert. Carl the Swedish cyclist was leaving Bariloche after a month here resting his knee, and celebrated by cooking an amazing asado (Argentinian BBQ) which we shared with his family others from the hostal.

Tomorrow we start the next 500k of our trip, for which we are hoping to raise £500 for the Red Cross to support their work with the relief effort. We now plan to do this through the Argentinian Lake district, but are not yet certain as to which route we will take to get to the North Chilean town of Atacarma.

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