24 March, Home!
We started this trip with what, at the time, felt like a major disaster. But, within a day we were back on track with credit cards cancelled and Emergency Passports, allowing us to continue on our journey, somewhat richer for the experience.
However! On our second last morning in Chile, we were doing some research on the next leg, travelling to the lakeside city of Bariloche in Argentina, when a few comments in blogs we were reading alerted us to a potential problem with our Emergency Passports. Some quick research online and a few frantic phone calls to consular services in Australia and Buenos Aires confirmed the fact that Australians travelling on Emergency Passports require a visa to enter Argentina - a visa which can take up to a month to be issued.
So here we sit, home after only 10 days of what was to be an almost 2 month trip. Our exit from South America was fairly easily organised. Flights were quickly sorted with Flight Centre, (we always book with Flight Centre after getting them to price match) bus tickets and overnight stops booked for the long haul back up the Chilean coast. As a final treat we booked two nights in the Santiago Airport Holiday Inn, just 1 minute’s walk from the terminal. For two days we made like Tom Hanks in The Terminal availing ourselves of all the services an international airport and a four star hotel have on offer.
A final comment for all would-be world wanderers. Never leave home without travel insurance!
And of course we will be back!