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Part 2 - Crossing Into Chile: The Ferry | Argentina Trip
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Part 2 - Crossing Into Chile: The Ferry

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Border crossings make me nervous and someone in Argentina hold told me the Chileans could be difficult.

It turned out to be fine.  There are two stations about 1 kilometer apart - one for Argentina and the other for Chile and you need to stop at each. At the Chile outpost I was the only one there, but still had to visit each of the three stations in the building: one to show my passport, another to declare I only had personal belongings, and a third in which the man checked my trunk and car for vegetables and meat (no food is allowed to be brought into Chile).

It was about 3:30 p.m. and after 15 kilometers into Chile, there was no more road: I would need to take a ferry. The Chilean customs agent said the next one didn’t come until 8 p.m.

No ferry for four hours

What was I to do for four hours? It was nice out, so sitting by the lake wasn’t a bad thing. Then I saw a sign for a “canopy” tour and went to check it out.

Canopy tour

The canopy tour itself was fun, though just before I started the owner said “you’re our first customer this year and there are some things to fix”. They had cables strung up between the trees and you held on to a device and rolled from station to station. I got to talking to the two guys who ran it and they wanted me to try a local favorite: Fanta-Chopp.

This is beer mixed with Orange Fanta. For beer purists who shudder at the thought, let me say that I tried the beer plain and the Fanta was an improvement.

We sat in the wooden restaurant with skins of local animals hanging on the walls and talked about my route. What I intended was all wrong.

The ferry would drop us off after sundown at 9:30 p.m. and the road I wanted to go on would be extremely difficult for my tiny Volkswagen Gol, especially at night. They drew out a route that would let me get to a town within a couple of hours on a slightly better road.

Drinking Fanta-Chopp

It was a really good thing I ran into them.

But that wasn’t the end of my border crossing story. In part 3, read about what happened when I picked up my first hitchhiker.

2 comments to “Part 2 - Crossing Into Chile: The Ferry”

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