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Trevelin to Futaleufu (Chile), Argentina - The Border Crossing

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - October 2017   » View Photoset (22 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Getting south from El Bolson was a long waiting process because the buses are not frequent in this part of Argentina! I would have liked to have got
Argentina Photo - Amazing views out of the taxi on the road to the border of Chile from Trevelin!
Amazing views out of the taxi on the road to the border of Chile from Trevelin!
straight to the border of Chile but that wasn't possible. Instead I had to spend a night in Esquel after arriving in the evening (3hrs bus from El Bolson) and take a local bus in the morning to Trevelin and pay a taxi to get me to the border of Chile at Futaleufu. Buses to the border from Trevelin only run on certain days and today was not one of them! (The buses run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

Border Crossing at Futaleufu

From Esquel to Trevelin is just 20mins on a local bus, luckily the bus dropped me outside a Remis taxi stop. From Trevelin it takes 40mins to get to the border and I paid the taxi the equivalent of $36USD for this ($600 pesos). It's a gravel road and very scenic indeed with open farmland, country houses, horses and livestock, waterways, beautiful trees, snow-capped mountains and a river crossing. Watch out for cows on the road! The taxi could take me no further than the Argentinian passport control, from here it's a 5 minute walk to the Chilean passport control. It's 10kms to the Futaleufu town center from here and my options were to walk or hitch a ride so I did both! I walked for a couple of kilometers making some photos and a video along the way while also trying to hitch a ride. I did eventually get a lift into town thanks to a kind family from Argentina! I was enjoying the walk, it's nice and peaceful but yeah I really did appreciate getting picked up. Gracias.

Activities Between Trevelin & Futaleufu

Between Trevelin and Futaleufu are some sights if you are staying in Trevelin! Lake Rosario is 21kms along Route 17 just out of Trevelin which shoots off the main Route 259
Argentina Photo - Huge snow-capped mountains in Los Cipreses near the border crossing to Chile.
Huge snow-capped mountains in Los Cipreses near the border crossing to Chile.
to the border. Museum - Museo Molino Nant Fach is a mill-museum of local history, culture, traditions and stories from the Welsh colonization in 1888. The museum is located halfway between Trevelin and the border on the main Route 259. Los Cipreses near the border has many nature activities including hiking and walking, birdwatching, bike riding, fishing and there is camping and other accommodation options such as Sendero Lodge (for tailor made fly fishing programs) or various places that have caba˜as. For me it was nice to be back in Chile with fine sunny weather to enjoy, it's beautiful around Los Cipreses and Futaleufu!





     

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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Trevelin to Futaleufu (Chile), Argentina:

Hostel El Caminante, Esquel, Argentina - Large Photo
Hostel El Caminante, Esquel, Argentina (October 2017 - 1 night) - Located across the road and along a little from the bus terminal, this hostel made an easy stop and getaway south of El Bolson to get to Futaleufu in Chile the next day. I slept in a dorm which I didn't enjoy particularly, a few idiot people etc. The kitchen was OK and combined as a TV room for guests, there is also WIFI. There are a few shops located around the place. $200 pesos ($11USD).

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Trevelin to Futaleufu (Chile), Argentina - The Border Crossing. The border crossing from Argentina to Chile at Futaleufu. It's a gravel road and very scenic with open farmland, country houses, horses and livestock, waterways, beautiful trees, snow-capped mountains and a river crossing.

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