Pitstop in Punta
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I had booked myself on the 1.30pm bus to Punta Arenas, 250km further south from Puerto Natales, which left the morning to try and sort out getting some money back from the refugio. I had seen Carla briefly the evening before when I came back and she promised to help speak to them. However, surprise, surprise, when I went to try and find her at 10.30am, she was still in bed and had left a message with her helper that I should go to the refugio owner's office myself....cheers Carla, very helpful of you. I went and spoke to them and sat there for about half an hour as unbelievably, again they couldn't even find my booking or any money in respect of it - what the hell?!? After a few more phone calls, they eventually tracked it down, all the while insisting that they don't give refunds if the cancellation is within 15 days.
The 3 hour journey to Punta Arenas flew by (as I watched Harry Potter, in English for once, on the bus!) and when I arrived, Pato from the Erratic Rock was there to pick me up. He took me back to the hostel (aka his house, with converted rooms for backpackers!!), checked me (again showing the Erratic Rock friendliness and warmth), which left me a few hours to go out an explore. I was pretty tired, so didn't do a lot, just looked around the town and wandered up the mirador which has views back over the town and the Straights of Magellan into Tierra del Fuego. It was a bit cloudy, but I think I could make it out in the distance!! Tomorrow I'm off up towards the Lake District and begin my final couple of weeks on the continent.