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19/1/2018 Bus From Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Coyhaique

We had some simple breakfast on our cabana (not that simple like in hostels), packed and Annie came to pick us up. We all then went to a bus stop an at 9am bought tickets to Coyhaique for 10000 clp per person (there were last 6 tickets remaining to sell, we were 5 people). And we were waiting outside of the shop/coffee place. 

The bus arrived at 10:20am. There were many people waiting for this bus. We put our rucksacks inside and the drive asked only some people for the ticket and some not. I don’t know why. Seemed so random. The bus then left at 11am. 

The road was unpaved all the time, the views were there only sometimes due to forest and rocks. But around 13:30 we were passing through Cerro Castillo and it looked amazing. Massive Valley and mountains. I think after that the road became paved. 

Just before reaching Coyhaique, Jochen and Chaira got off the bus for the Airport Balmaceda. Then we were slowed down by roadworks and we arrived to Coyhaique at 15:30. 

On the bus, an Austrian guy Robert joined us and us, Annie and Robert walked to the centre to find some accommodation. We asked few places, also asked in the information centre and seemed very difficult to find a place not very expensive. Tried about 6 places, then Robert and Annie stayed in one hostel and me and Denisa went to ask another 3 places until a guy named Jorge caught us on the street. He showed us his accommodation and we took it because we were tired. It’s like nearly 18:30 and we wanted to stop searching. This place is quite dirty. No one does cleaning here. 4 double rooms and one room with two bunk beds. Two shared bathrooms, no kitchen, but a washing machine. 

We unpacked, did our laundry (1/2 of it - not much place to hang it) and got a message from Jochen and Chiara. They are in town now, back from the airport, so I sent them the location and they took another room for the night. Then we all went to a restaurant nearby called Sabores del Sur. We had really good meal there. I had Congrio and Denisa had Salmon. Tasty, big portion, price similar to Europe. We paid 35000 for both meals and glass of wine and one beer. 


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