Ride from Cochrane to Cruce (then onward to C.C.)- beautiful road along the Rio Baker - water from green to turquoise blue, lake a deep aqua marine! Bright, snowcapped peaks in background. Near Bertrand, Campo de Vida, fantastic scenery! Met driver w/ pickup, road along lake G.Camerro is single lane, gravel...basically blasted from the rock face bordering lake. Up down curves...ferrific ride, I'm really sad my camcorder has died, Bon takes no pics since she finds they are too blurred and Mari very few as well. Sigh.
Trees, old coibo or coivo. Arr in C.C. at 2:15 where we spent our time waiting for minibus 'La Portena' going to Los Antiguos at 4:45 (in a cafe drinking too much tea). Asking around no one seems to know that this company exists but driver passed earlier and said he'd meet us on main street, and locals are standing around waiting, ha! Minibus pulls up right on time...what's w/ that??
Aside: Everywhere in Patagonia are poplar and tamarix and other tree windbreaks so people can survive the wind.
If you can avoid Los Antiguos you'd be doing yourself a favor. It is what I would call a 'racket' town...purposely set up to get as much $$$ from tourist travellers as possible. The bus station is now far enuf away from center of town that the taxis can charge outragious prices when the buses arr which tend to be late. Eating a t restaurants is expensive and less expensive accomodations (like one we are in) don't have kitchens that they allow you to use. The tourist office, which at first seemed very helpful, gave us alot of missinformation which cost us a bunch of time and $$$ to make up for transport that we were told would be available but was not. Perhaps schedules change frequently but they should know this and advise accordingly. Nothing here to see anyway, so just a pit stop for crossing the border! For us we turned it all into an adventure and justified the expense like always, a necessary part of travel to see what is worth seeing, ha!