When I came to here we were not told by the bus company that there was a strike on in Chile, someone saw something in the paper. Since getting here one bus company will not sell tickets as the border has been shut, the other Marga have been selling tickets then not running buses. Big issue as when people tried to get money back they would only give 70% back, one group of travelers got the police involved but that was no help. Lots of people in the shop arguing with them, they had drivers acting as bouncers.
We have heard that the bus is going to run tomorrow and that the border is open now, will update if people manage toget out. Lot of people are trying to leave, only way at the moment is by flying..
Anyone else in the same situation?
El Puelche that is what is happenening the strikers have managed to close the island off and shut one of the border points down here, we are not sure if it is the one on the island or on the mainland. Also have heard reports of up to 3000/4000 people stuck at the borders trying to get here (uncofirmed).
Friends of mine who are traveling down through Argentina at the moment to here seem not to know much about the situation, so would imagine that a lot of travelers are going to be getting stuck in Rio Gallegos, thinking they can get here and not having info provided from the bus companies. But at least they can go else where.
Today it has started to rain here and I know some people are heading off to camp as it is expensive to stay in town, hope to see them later for any info they might have.
Spoke to the tourist office and they claim no buses are leaving from here to mainland Argentina. Have seen no buses going to Punta Arenas until 18/1 earliest.
Sorry, no sympathy for Argentina. Their government allowed strikers to close the border crossing between Argentina and Uruguay for years. It's OK when they do it but it sounds like they don't like it when the shoe is on the other foot.