Hitchhiking around Villa Cerro Castillo

The passenger and car ferry brought us from Chile Chico to Puerto Ibanez in just four hours. The ride was calm but pretty windy outside. Most passengers stayed seated in the passenger cabin.

Chile Chico Puerto Ibanez Ferry People Wind

In Puerto Ibanez a big group of people was already waiting to board the returning ferry. The buses which brought them were now waiting to take new passengers directly north to Coyhaique or the Airport in Balmaceda. None of the buses would drive west to 38km away Villa Cerro Castillo. It was the town we needed to reach in order to go trekking around Cerro Castillo.

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Crossing Borders in Los Antiguos & Camping in Chile Chico

Just after sunrise we arrived to Los Antiguos. It was the final destination for our full overnight bus from El Chalten. All passengers disembarked and almost 90% of them hopped directly on another waiting bus to Bariloche. Our plans were little different, we would hitchhike and cross the nearby border from Argentina to Chile. And indeed we got lucky pretty quickly! A woman who worked at the Argentinian border station gave us a free ride, but only thus far.

Los Antiguos Truck

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Trekking the W-Trek in Torres del Paine

Trekking the W-Trek in Torres del Paine

Take the Bus or Hike into Paine Grande Nat. Park

By the end of November, we decided to do the W-Trek in Torres del Paine. It is the most advertised and popular hiking destination in southern Chile. To trek there one has to sleep at specific campsites and those need to be booked way ahead. The demand is high! Only a limited set of camping spots were left for our flexible visiting window in January. Some of the available booking options forced us to include meals as well. It was something like, no meal? no camping!

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