2017
04.04

Sierra del Purial

SYNOPSIS:  TRANSIT BARACOA – HOW EVERYTHING WENT WRONG

The day started rough enough with us having to be up and out the door by 7 AM.  No breakfast, no juice — but we managed.  Hurry up and wait.  The Viazul Station in Santiago is big and clean and shares the terminal with the national buses.  All went smoothly, but the bus did not show up.  Finally, the word came: there was a flat tire.  Another 1/2 hour and we would be rolling.  1.5 hours late, we were rolling indeed.

We were hurried on to the bus, left the station and made one circle, dropping off a man, picking up a local lady — the bus drivers on these overland trips seem to like a mistress or two on board — whose horrible perfume permeated the entire bus and then, we made another strange circle onto a dirt road and waited… The reason for this final delay became apparent soon enough: One of the bumbling tourists had missed the bus and been hurried after us in a taxi.VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY