Right after 11am, we got to coffee Holzar. This time just for a coffee, as we had some bread left from yesterday. Around 12, Annie, Andres, Vagia joined us. When the waiter came to ask us where we all are from, and we said República Checa, a young guy sitting nearby came over to our table.
Michal, his name. A Czech guy from Sydney, enterprise IT consultant who is trying to run a camp site with his Czech wife for climbers about 2 hours away from here. We all had a chat together and then we went to catch our bus.
The bus left at 14:00, full mostly with locals. It’s Sunday and we bought the bus tickets in the bus terminal on Friday afternoon for 10000 clp each.
On the way, the bus stopped around 15:30 for refreshments at Mañihuales.
Around 17:15 serpentines close to Puyuhuapi, 18:00 stop at camping Valle Los Coihues. All the way dirt unpaved road and time to time we met cars or other buses. There were also some roadworks. At 19:00 we stopped at Puyhuapi for 10 minutes and then at 20:00 we got to La Junta.
First thing we did was asking for a bus to Raul Marin Balmaceda. Not much information was given to us, so we went to our accommodation Hosteria Rayen. The owners are really nice and they started calling their friends to get the info for bus to Raul Marin Balmaceda. We paid 31000 clp for a room with private bath. Very clean and smelling well. They unfortunately didn’t cook anymore - late evening - but they recommended another restaurant and a hostel where we can ask about the bus while they are trying to find info for us. We went to eat, but unfortunately that recommended restaurant was already closed too.
We then asked about the bus in the hostel nearby, the guy spoke fluently English and told us that the bus leaves from the main plaza at 7am. He also recommended the closed restaurant for dinner. So we went to another one which was open - Kofketun. Very simple pub rather than restaurant, with local beer on tap and a billiard table. We ordered some food for two (8000 clp) and two draught beers and two bottled beers (the local wasn’t tasty) - paid 19000 clp + 1000 tip. Then we played a bit of billiard and at 22:30 came back to our hosteria.
The owners had their family or friends downstairs and they grabbed us aside and told us with a smile on their face that they booked two seats for us for the minibus to Raul Marin Balmaceda.