One month on the road now!
It seems that I left Bariloche at a good time – by my last evening and the next morning, the volcano smoke returned and the view disappeared.
On my buses to Pucón via Osorno, I ran into Ofir and Shir, the two Israeli girls I met hiking Tierra del Fuego several weeks back. We all had a rather comical bus ride – customs control entering Chile is very strict, and does not allow meat, vegetables, or dairy. All of us had packed such things in our bags, intending to eat lunch on the bus – but we were due to cross the border before noon! In order to not waste our food, we ate as much as we could before making it across the border. The bus company also provided everyone with a light meal of pastries and a cheese sandwich – somehow we managed to not get that confiscated from us at the border!
The ride between Bariloche and Osorno was a bit surreal – volcanic ash covered trees and hills like snow. If I didn’t know it was 25º outside, I’d think it’d have actually been snow. The ride from Osorno to Pucón was clear but uneventful – our bus did pick up a ton of hitchhikers from the side of the highway though. Continue reading