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    • Day 96

      To Hornopiren

      January 3, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      We woke up at around 9:15 am and got ready quickly. The owner wasn't there but his wife was there. She was a bit more sympathetic and polite. She agreed to the price of 58000 CLP we had wanted the previous evening as long as we pay by cash and cancel our booking.
      We told her we had written to and were waiting for theor response and that we'll pay by 10 am if we don't hear back. In the meantime, called my Swedish number since I had given that in the booking. Shuchi asked them to call at my Chilean number. Just a few minutes before 10, I received their call and was informed that these guys were allowed to charge the 19% extra since they had not registered their property for exemption. Plus the agreed rate was always in USD and the hostel was allowed to charge any reasonable rate. So basically they couldn't help at all.
      So, as agreed with the lady we paid 58000 CLP in cash ans she canceled our as a no show.
      After that, we walked over to the bus terminal to look for buses to Chaiten, our next destination marked on the route. There was only one company selling tickets all the way to Chaitén and we were told that the bus left at 7 am everyday. So basically we would need to take the bus the next day.
      Not wanting to get stuck in Puerto Montt for another day, we went to the harbor to see if there were any boats to Chaiten. We were told there were 2 operators having ferries from Puerto Montt.
      Navimag office was about 200 mts from the bus station. They had ferries but they were going all the way South of the continent without stopping anywhere.
      NaviAustral had a boat leaving for Chaiten the next night at 11 pm so we went back to the bus station.
      We decided to go at least halfway to Hornopiren. There were 3 buses going there and the 1st one of them was in an hour at 2:30 pm. We booked our tickets for the bus and then Hristo and I went to the town to withdraw some cash as it would've be harder to use cards South from here. We caught the bus on time and were off to Hornopiren. The way passes through a fjord where the crossing is via a ferry. We reached the ferry between Caleta La Arena and Caleta Puelche around 4:15 pm
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    • Day 96

      Caleta La Arena to Caleta Puelche

      January 3, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      We took the 4:20 pm ferry to cross the fjord. It was a 40 min ride. The fjord was very beautiful and the weather too was quite ok. At least it wasn't raining here.

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