02.27.2013 - 02.27.2013
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The 5 of us staying at the Hospedaje had breakfast and got a ride to the next town to try to catch the bus.
The ride with our packs in it
The next town did not exist but was just and intersection in the road with a waiting hut. There was no place to buy tickets and the woman that drove us, Janet said that the buses may be full this time of year. We were all trying to get to Rio Tranquilo to see the Capillos de Marmol caves. It turns out (maybe not coicidentally) that her brother is a tour operator for that and so she said she'd call him after we were on our way. Before the bus could pick us up, someone else went by that Janet knew and he was going to Rio Tranquilo and agreed to take us.
Getting into Rio Tranquilo
We were in Rio Tranquilo before 11 AM and getting out of the truck, Janet's brother Juan was there. He took us 5 and 2 guys from Concepcion, Chile out to the Capillos de Marmol, which are limestone caves and formations in the lake, for $10 a person (it sure beats the $45 I later read in my travel guide).
As you can see, the caves were very unique, especially with the glacially blue water contrasting things. After the boat tour, we all wanted to try to get to the next big town, Coyhuaque. The bus was full and it turned out that a special van was running at 1 PM. It also turned out that only 3 of us could take it so the Japanese couple had to thumb or find some other way. The van ride was 4 hours and I got to Coyhuaque at 6.
An eatery on the Carretera Austral
Once in Coyhuaque, I wanted to get all of my plans squared away but things were closed. I got into the 3rd hostel I tried and will try to get things planned in the morning.