World Tour by Hitchhiking: 14 - Chile, from the desert to Patagonia
I've crossed the border with Bolivia and I'm going to Chile now I will miss this country! I slept with my sleeping bag behind this industrial zone but it was very cold I couldn't sleep after 2am People are demonstrating because they want less criminality and more police It's too bad, it feels like Brazil. People don't care about me, they don't even look I hope I will find something soon...otherwise if it's like Brazil I'll get out of this country very fast! I hate to sleep like this but last night I found a very quiet place! I didn't find the bus to leave There's a bus going directly next to the highway The city is quite large, you'd have to walk a lot (15kms from the center) When I want to set up my sleeping bag for the night I should check a little where I am It's a tarentula, completely inoffensive Sleeping in a park closed at night, it's perfect! I can't watch an anime for 10min without having an "intruder" next to me A lot of people passing through here but they don't go very far... Here people go too fast It's very hard to hitchhike next to the highway It's doable at the gaz stations, but there isn't always one I'm walking to one closeby It was amazing, I was with a truck driver named Johan He wanted to show me some food from his country And he bought a "tortilla" Really good (it's a sandwich with a bread cooked in ashes) He also let me taste a "Berlin", a donut filled with cream There's no gas station here Thus I have to hitchhike directly on the highway... Here I am on the island of Chiloé, in its capital Castro I didn't have this planned But I met someone who told me "I'm going to Chiloé" "If you want you can join" So I decided to join! Happy with bread and Nutella There's a lot of mussel culture here And salmon culture as well but not in this bay After Chiloé I will have to go back and switch to the other side Over there, where there are the mountains of the carretera austral It's a bit late to keep hitchhiking But I can still walk a bit and keep trying and camp here if I don't find anything Ok I did it! I am in Cucao And I have to find a place to put the tent (I don't really have one) Nalca (it's possible to eat its stalk with salt) These plants look like they're from Jurassic Park Let's try the Curanto (typical meal from this region) It's the only problem with my hair I have to comb it otherwise I get dreadlocks On my way to Puerto Montt and the carretera austral after! I'm leaving Chiloé, the island I didn't think I would go to And where I stayed for 2 weeks I would like to climb this Through here until the top but there's nothing in between It was a good idea A shitty day Now I'm in Hornopirén I will see if there's still a ferry to cross today or if I have to wait for tomorrow I was sitting next to the library, using the WiFi And at some point a guy asks me a bit about my trip During the conversation I'm asking where I could camp And in the end he tells me "you can come to my house" It's a small house in the mountain but it was great And it's one new friend And he told me: "Alright, you just need to bring some wine" Alright! Now let's go to the glacier It's called Queulat In the end, there are too many tourists And you just take the same picture as everyone, nothing original You come here to see a glacier that's dying Because you took a plane to come and see it What do we do with this? Stop tourism to save the glaciers? Isn't it stupid? Or maybe it's something logical Should we stop trying to see the wonders of nature so easily? Or should we keep seeing them to destroy them in the end? Here we are at the viewpoint of "Roca Negra" in the town of Puerto Rio Tranquilo Now I'm volunteering in the camping to sleep for free I asked if I could get a tour for free for the marble caves on the lake And I was told yes and that I could help for that and here I am During the tour I also translated what the guide said in Spanish to French and English for the tourists! Today I will make a day trip to the glacier of the "Exploradores" I don't know if it'll work well because there's very few people going through this road but I will try! When I come back I have to decide if I want to stay one month here to work Because the owner of a camping offered me this But I don't think I'll accept because I don't want to waste a chance to reach Antarctica Because if I accept the job I'll definitely arrive too late in Ushuaia Trying to eat Nalca (normally you should do it with salt otherwise it's not great) Let's go to Argentina today! I hope! Oh sh*t, I can see other people trying to hitchhike on the road There are 2 brazilians hitchhiking a little bit before me I don't know for how long they are here They are nice but I'd like to keep going pleaaase They found someone so I now have the road for myself! This morning I received a message from a sailor who's seen an ad I put on a website For sailing, and he's going to Antarctica! I should be able to meet him when I reach Ushuaia I've got a problem because there are 2 couples The first one that arrived from Puerto Rio Tranquilo where I started But there is another one that's been waiting for a car here for 2 days! I don't know what's happening, if they don't hitchhike correctly or if there's just no one And now I'm walking because I don't want to wait for nothing other there What I don't like is that there's like 100km until Chile Chico (the border) And it's hard to walk that much At least there's a nice landscape The hardest is to see empty cars passing by and not stopping...
Yesss, I'm already in Chile Chico at the end of the day! I didn't know if I could make it...but it worked! Sunday (18th of December), day of the Football World Cup final 2022! And I'm walking to the border with Argentina! Probably the only time I will see a final my country (France) vs Argentina while being there!