A few days of getting our bearings!
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We´ve combined a few days into one in this entry, because not very exciting for most of you!
Wandered around quite a bit today. Walked over to the Mercado Central which is famous for selling fish and shellfish and for its seafood restaurants. The middle section of restaurants are the more touristy ones, and are priced accordingly. There are cheaper "local" eateries around the outside section, with much more enjoyable prices but still very good food. We will come back here at a meal time to sample the fare. As it was mid-morning at this time, we indulged in an ice-cream - we will have to be very careful that this does not become a habit, because the Tres Leches flavour is becoming almost an addiction for Melissa (condensed milk flavour!).
Walked over to the Barrio Brasil area today to start organising our next journeys. We visited La Casa Roja hostel to get some information about the Pachamama By Bus tour, a hop on/hop off bus which runs a route down to the Lake District and links with the ferry we want to get. Also went in to LAN, but couldn´t get any packages at the times we want to go.
In the afternoon, we took the metro out to the Concha y Toro vineyard (also a local bus - we had the numbers from the tourist info, but 3 very helpful locals decided they weren´t right and put us on the right one!). The tour was quite good, walked through a part of the gardens to the old house, then back to see some vines and lastly through the cellar area. Even went into the Casillero del Diablo cellar, after which their most famous wine is named. The legend goes that in the early days, Don Melchor used to keep his good wines in this cellar, but they kept disappearing. As he suspected it was the locals stealing the vino, he spread the rumour that the devil lived in the cellar to guard the wine and the locals, being extremely superstitious, bought the story - hence, no more losses! One little section now has a silhouette of a devil on the far wall, just to keep the story going.
Did a lot of walking today, backwards and forwards, organising our next lot of travel. Went back over to La Casa Roja (which is owned by an Australian) and booked our Pachamama By Bus tickets, the Navimag ferry through Patagonia and our flights back from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt after the ferry. Spent rather a lot! The lady, Susi, at the travel agency in La Casa Roja is incredibly helpful.
Not a lot doing today, as it´s Good Friday and everything is closed. We walked up our street to the "river" and then along towards the central market. Had a look at a little local market with clothing, fruit, veg, cheese etc., then walked back down to the Plaza de Armas where we - wait for it - had an ice-cream!! Saw HJ and her friend Steve, who´s just arrived from the UK this morning, so had a quick chat.