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17/1/2018 Bus from Los Antiguos to Puerto Rio Tranquilo Marble Caves

My alarm went off and I can see it’s nearly 7am. I feel a bit cold, Denisa is still sleeping in the other bed and Annie is already awaken in the opposite corner of the room. We have to get up and get ready for the minibus to Puerto Río Tranquilo. Simple breakfast and just before 8am we are awaiting Daniel to pick us up. 

Daniel is arriving ten minutes after eight and I can see that his minibus is already nearly full. We loaded back seats with our backpacks and all 5 of us took the last remaining seats. 

Same as in other border crossing, we first got off the bus at he Argentinian border and got the exit stamp. Then we drove 16km to the Chilean border. This time we had to unload our bags and provide completed customs form. We got Chile entry stamp and then put our rucksacks onto X-ray. Me and my wife were without any issues. On my customs form, I had checked that I have some animal/herb products (just in case - we had some sandwiches, and biscuits). We were done around 9:10am and continued to Rio Tranquilo. 

Roughly at 10am, we stopped for Mirador Laguna Verde to take few photos and continued to a small village, where the minibus has a short break for toilets and food and then we arrived to Puerto Rio Tranquilo around 2pm. The whole journey was on unpaved dusty road. 

All 5 of us started looking for a place to stay and after 4 or 5 failed tries, 4 of us kept looking in the same part of the village and finally found Cabaña Martina. The owner showed us one of his wooden garden houses and we liked it. 4 people to sleep in, 50000 Chilean pesos per night for the whole cottage with gas cooker, fridge and bathroom. 

Then we went to tourist office next to the beach and met a retired American couple who wanted to do trip to see the marble caves. We decided to do it tomorrow morning and then we reserved at on of the beach stall office where an Argentinian English speaking traveller was helping with the business. We paid 20000 clp pesos  per person per trip with English speaking guide and to see the remote caves near Puerto Sanchez. They usually have a minimum number of people to do the trip for. 

After that shopping in a small supermarket and then cooking dinner. 


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