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Meredith’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 24 Mar 2007

Location: Estancia Barranca, Chile

Map4 Wheeling in Patagonia

Our instructions were to meet a man called Don Pepe in the High Street of El Castillo at Noon. So Gabriel and I parked next to the Horse Hitching post and burned round town a couple of times with the wheelchair looking for our man. We found him, of course, at Restaurant "El Pionero".

Don Pepe escorted us to his Estancia "just up the road". Patagonians think nothing of driving 2 to 3 hours on an unsealed road just to pick up a newspaper. So I followed his dust trail in our distinctly townie rental and Gabriel kept guard for wandering guanacos. Estancia Barranca is a traditional Chilean working farm in full view of the awe inspiring Torres mountains. It is across a river impassable by car (or wheelchair) so we left the poor rental in a stoney river bed and continued in the jeep.

We then spent two days watching the muster, enjoying the famous patagonian hospitality and attempting to discuss the finer points of sheep shearing in spanish.