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Flag of Chile  , Lake District,
Thursday, January 4, 2007

Well, we decided to hitchhike out of Argentina into Chile. LOL, what a joke. Spent most of the day sleeping on the side of the road nursing my broken toe. In the end, we took a small chappa to the border, walked a few km into Chile on a broken toe and picked up another chappa into Futaleufu.

The village of Futaleufu is a small 1500 inhabitant town famous for white water rafting and kayaking. Non of which I could manage in my state. The origional plan was to say several days in the mountains and continue onward. There was just one catch, money. It seemed like a good idea to buy Peso's in Chile but it never occured to us that the bank did not have a machine, take anything but crisp american bills, or take visa. In all my days of travelling, I finally found that " VISA is not everywhere" LOL.

Needless to say, we dipped into my "emergency fund" to sleep and eat. Our accomdations were far from clean and the only consistency was the cat s*it everywhere. But, it was CHEAP and I had no access to funds. The bank would not buy our american money because it had creases and I found myself selling cash on the "black market" behind a local store just to buy bread. Sketchy.

In the end we decided to continue on in hopes of finding a bank and getting some cash. Unfortunatly, my stay in futalufu was brief (only two nights).
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Oh my goodness!
What unfortunate circumstances. You'll come out OK in the end though.

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

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