03.02.2013 - 03.02.2013
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Today I was told it was a 12 hour busride from Coyhuaque to Chaiten along the Carretera Austral. It turned out to be 13 hours and only covered about 250 miles! It was a beautiful weather day and a beautiful ride with spectacular scenery. The bus however was underpowered (10 MPH uphill all day) and most of the road unpaved. Also, a twenty minute stop in Chile means 1 hour!
The ride left the farmlands of Coyhuaque and turned more to forest.
We stopped in Villa Manihuales for "twenty" minutes.
Then, we stopped briefly at Villa Amengual for a smoke break where there was a very interesting church.
Then, the paved part of the road ended and we entered the most spectacular senery of the day, an odd combination of very lush forest with snowcapped mountains at Quelat National Park.
We then reached the coast and travelled along an inlet for hours and finally we reached Puyuhuapi at 3 PM but took another "twenty" minute break and left at 4PM. At this point I was beginning to wonder if we were going to get to Chaiten as we were maybe half way or a little less!
We kept going however stopping briefly to pick up or drop off people, there was construction too.
We arrived in Villa Santa Lucia at 8 and there were still 80 km to Chaiten.
Fortunately the road was paved the last 60 km and we arrived in Chaiten around 10. I took the first hostel available and lucked into a restaurant and wifi too. I had some fish and hung out with some people from the busride for dinner.
Here's a video piece of my experience: