The breakfast at the guesthouse has toasts, butter, avocado, ham and cheese, and coffee of course, all served by the hosts. Before we go explore Temuco, we want to buy the tickets to Neuquen (just to be safe). So we take the bus line 7 to the Rodoviaria station where we find out that there are only two agencies that make that trip: Andesmar and Igi Llaima. For the timetable that it has (and on top, it’s a bit cheaper), we choose Andesmar, and buy in this moment the tickets to San Martín de Los Andes, for Saturday morning.
In the way to the down town we find the Pablo Neruda’s Rail Museum, (yep! the poet!) which is free and has locomotives and wagons as a permanent outdoor exhibition. In the indoor part of the museum there’s a big model of a town (I totally love models!), and a gallery with fragments of Neruda’s poems, about Chile and trains. Apparently he was in love with both of them. Also you can learn about how the rail industry appeared in this part of the world.
The only thing that you would have to pay is the guided visit around the museum (which we didn’t do). We ask there for the touristic train that we read about, Tren de La Araucanía, but the next departure will be in 3 days, and we won’t be in Temuco by then. What a lousy sync!
We keep walking heading down town, visiting the parks and shoppings.
After lunch, we gor for more nature, and we visit one of the city main attractions, the Ñielol Hill. The path is not very challenging, but there’re many trails (without signs) so we prefer not going all the way to the top. Ticket price: 1.200 clp. The view is worth it.
For dinner we go to one of the bars on Alemania Avenue (meaning Germany Avenue), Infame, and spoil ourselves with lots of spicy fries, shripms, beer and a Blue Margarita (16.200 clp). Filled with happiness, we head back to the guesthouse and sleep.