Green Light to Argentina
Trip Start Jan 20, 2004
187Trip End Ongoing
Over the next day and a half the crew at "Automotora Santiago" worked miracles. They beavered away on the bodywork, straightening and easing everything back into shape. They filled, primed and painted. Eventually the windshield took its rightful place - a perfect fit
Thursday morning, after a thorough cleaning inside and out, we got the propane tank refilled and re-packed everything back into the van. After saying our goodbyes to all the friends we had made in Coyhaique, and a final visit to the workshop to thank Santiago and his side-kick Daniel again, we were back on the road. What a great feeling!!
Our quickest way to get back on track was to take the ferry across Lago General Carrera to Chile Chico and through the border into Argentina. Unfortunately, because of Semana Santa (Easter Week) the ferry was booked solid, and it seemed that we would have to take a very bad road through a rather out-of-the-way border crossing. When we got to Puerto Ing Ibáñez we thought it would be at least worth a try to see if they could squeeze us onto the boat. Sure enough, our luck was holding - there had been two cancellations and there was plenty of room
Within half an hour we had completed all the customs and immigration formalities for exiting Chile and entering Argentina, and were making our way on a moonlit drive alongside the lake to the little town of Perito Moreno (not to be confused with the famous glacier of the same name, of which you will shortly hear more). The air is starting to get a little chilly these evenings, so we were delighted to find that when we checked into the Municipal Camping they had a feature that we had not come across in a fourteen months of campsites - heated bathrooms. What luxury!!
Happy Easter, everyone.