Odyssey through southern Chile / Bariloche / Mendoza / Viña del Mar
From Los Antiguos we went to Chile where we tried to reach a boat to Puerto Montt (which we missed in Punto Arenas by one day) in Puerto Chacabuco. Well we made it eventually to the port but for some stupid reasons there were no more tickets available for the Frenchman and me. So we tried to reach Bariloche which was again very complicated and annoying. The bus out of Chile drove through Bariloche but the system said we were not allowed to exit the bus in Argentina but had to get back into Chile (Osorno) where we of course just missed the last bus to Bariloche. But the next day we finally made it, our odyssey came to an end in which we through away four days for (almost) nothing.
Bariloche is in the middle of the beautiful Lake District. Already from the bus we saw scenic landscape. We did some mountain biking with two Aussies and parties where I also met a group a funny locals.
After 5 days the boys still wanted to stay but I felt some time pressure. So I went alone again up to Mendoza. Again I could enjoy fantastic scenery on the other side of the bus window. And again travelling with bloody Andesmar, again leaving an hour late, and again a breakdown for about two hours, and again arriving three or more hours late… never again! (I thought…)
Well Mendoza is a nice city but out of about eight rainy days per year I hit two in three days I was there. While I was in the gym it started to pouring down hard and streets turned into wild brown rivers. But it never rained very long and I had time for some sight-seeing and a bodega tour to two wineries and an olive oil production site.
Since I was invited and also tempted to go back to Viña del Mar I decided to do so. Well ‘I thought’ I’ll be clever and book another bus company just to find out at the bus station that El Rapido is working closely together with Andesmar. But they are only half as bad, leavin only 30 minutes late and arriving only 1.5 hours late… Anyway, on the way there I decided not to go all the way back to the east coast by bus and since the flights to Rio and Sao Paulo were too expensive I changed my plans again which are now heading up north along the cost starting in Monteviedo where I’m flying to from Santiago on Monday. Reading about Uruguay I am very happy with that decision and looking forward to another great country.
Arriving in Viña I could help a bit with decorating the restaurant which is soon to be opened and was welcomed with a delicious Mexican dinner and then could spend a quality weekend with good people.
...one month to go...