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by Flapjack
Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Travel in Chile
Topic: Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011
Replies: 124
Views: 34970

Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011

I also walked from PN to the argentinean border yesterday. Traveled with my girlfriend and a german man. Very similar experience to dutchguy. Walk was not easy with 70 pound bags (we didn't want to abandon clothing from our suitcases) but it could be much worse. No issues at the roadblocks. I will s...
by Flapjack
Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:46 pm
Forum: Travel in Chile
Topic: Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011
Replies: 124
Views: 34970

Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011

Can someone please confirm the route to get to the frontier station at dorotea. I believe it is as simple as rt. 9 east then rt. 250 north through to the border. We depart at dawn tomorrow so any information before then would be much appreciated.

Thanks very much for all the kind help.
by Flapjack
Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: Travel in Chile
Topic: Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011
Replies: 124
Views: 34970

Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011

Hypothetically, if two Americans were to make the walk to the border at Rio Turbio starting at dawn tomorrow, would they :? be able to cross the border on the road with an american passport? Or would they be forced to illegally immigrate a few miles down the border? Also, is there any reason to thin...
by Flapjack
Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Travel in Chile
Topic: Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011
Replies: 124
Views: 34970

Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011

All of a sudden there is a lot of commercial activity in natales. Many (perhaps most) shops and restaurants are open. There's a marked changed from the early afternoon, lots of hustle and bustle. Any explanations here?
by Flapjack
Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Travel in Chile
Topic: Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011
Replies: 124
Views: 34970

Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011

The unimarc on bulnes is open and the atmosphere is fine. One chileno stopped us in the aisle to say 'you are safe'. They have everything you need there and you can avoid the unwelcome feeling at the corner shops. I will also be staying away from the red cross announcements for now so if there is an...
by Flapjack
Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Travel in Chile
Topic: Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011
Replies: 124
Views: 34970

Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011

I, like others, am still stuck in Po. Natales. An older couple departed for the airport this morning who needed to return home immediately due to a family member's deteriorating health. They planned to plead with the people manning the roadblock (and not the police as suggested above) per their driv...
by Flapjack
Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: Travel in Chile
Topic: Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011
Replies: 124
Views: 34970

Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011

Is anyone aware if the roadblocks are manned around the clock? I am tempted to imagine a group in a private vehicle could get through in the dark of night without incident. I am attempting to enter TdP.
by Flapjack
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: Travel in Chile
Topic: Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011
Replies: 124
Views: 34970

Re: Civil Strife Southern Patagonia Jnuary 2011

I arrived in puerto natales tuesday night on the last bus from punta arenas. Little indication of any demonstrations at the airport or in punta arenas besides the black flags. Had to pass through the semi-barricade, where protesters banged on the side of the bus as it slowly navigated the channel of...