The people at tourist information offices are looking at us incredulously when we say we are trying to get to Patagonia by bus.
But with plane and ferry options very expensive that’s our preferred way to get south. And that means we have to get onto Argentine roads, Chilean roads don’t connect from north to south.
So we crossed the border on the Pucon to San Martin local bus. Formalities at the crossing took over two hours, but the scenery was exceptional with huge plains and a backdrop of mountains.
Despite the scheduling challenges, using buses makes us appreciate the vast distances involved and the local communities.