Hot drink seller at the bus station in Osorno, he carries his urn on a ´front´pack. Must be hell on the shoulders and back!
Basically a travel day today. Our bus to Bariloche
left at 9am and headed up to Osorno before heading east to cross the border into Argentina - bye bye Chile! The trip is really nice, quite scenic with lots of mountains and lakes once you get to the Argentinian side. The border crossings wee quite straight-forward and the bus driver does most of the work, you just listen for your name to be called, present your passport and get back on the bus. Interesting to note that the bus was searched pretty thoroughly in Argentina, even by sniffer dogs, so don´t pack anything you shouldn´t! We shared a taxi to our hostel with a German girl who was on the same bus, and discovered to our chagrin that Argentian ATM´s only allow foreign cards to withdraw 300 pesos at a time.
Mist over a mountain stream in Chile on the way to Bariloche.
As this is only about $100 Australian dollars, lots of withdrawals are required and as these cost $5 each time, Argentina is not going to be as cheap as we thought. Also, there is no ATM at the bus station, so a good idea to get some currency before you arrive in Argentina if you´re coming from Chile. When we arrived at the hostel, it turned out that the apartment we´d booked is actually a 5 minute walk from the hostel so had to don backpacks again. The apartment is really nice and has a great view of the lake from the balcony. It is modern and spacious, but if you had to share with another couple you didn´t know, it might be a bit ´close quarters´for comfort. Also, the key to our bedroom is the same for the other, so security is not great. The owner thinks we´ll have it to ourselves for the 3 nights, so should be great. Went to the supermarket and got vegies to cook a big pot of soup for tonight - had most of it, must be craving vegies! Pleasantly surprised to see that prices of most things are considerably cheaper than in Chile.