I can’t tell you much about Santiago, Chile. We landed and checked into another flight to Balmaceda, Chile. We flew on Chile’s airline LAN and had one stop over in Puerto Montt. There is nothing special about Balmaceda. Although, it is interesting that in many countries other than the US you can walk into baggage claim and several taxi drivers are right there soliciting your service. It being so convenient we grabbed a cab for our destination: Coyhaique, Chile about 30min from Balmaceda.
Coyhaique is located in the northern part of Patagonia and is surrounded by mountains and rivers. It is renowned for its trout fishing, which we unfortunately found out. Once in the town we figured we would easily find lodging for the 3 days we would be there. Not a good idea when it is summer and all the fishermen are in town. Many places were reserved and had no availability. One owner of a hostel called her brother whom had a vacant house. Since it was getting late and we agreed to at least one night at this place which we had not even seen. There were six of us traveling through Chile together so we needed accommodations to fit us all. Well, we showed up at this Cabin, which had 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms– perfect!
Yikes, I mean I love camping and roughing it, but this place was plain disgusting and the worst part was we were paying for it- the owners should have paid us to stay there. I do not want to go into detail, but lets just say the bathrooms were horrible. The last guests left us several surprises in the bathrooms and in the kitchen YUK!! I showered with my flip flops on, hovered over the toilet and slept fully clothed- socks, hat and all. Also, there was no toilet paper, only 2 old towels for 6 people to share and no WIFI. My sister attempted to clean the bathrooms by dumping bleach on the floor and in the tubs- not sure it worked but I guess it smelled a little better. After this little adventure we found an Internet cafe the next day and scoured the Internet for a decent place to stay for the next 2 nights.
We arrived at Cabanas Patagonia Paraiso. A much better sleeping arrangement, cleaner and a 15min walk to center of town.
Below is the link. We stayed in the cabana Calafate.
We did not come to fish in Coyhaique, but came to see the marble caves.
Coyhaique has a neat downtown area with a park, good restaurants, and shopping
Favorite Coffee Shop- Cafe Konken