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Getting there & away




Valdivia's Terminal de Buses (212-212; Anfión Muñoz 360) has frequent buses to destinations on or near the Panamericana between Puer- to Montt and Santiago. Companies include Tur Bus (226-010, ticket office 342-710; O'Higgins 460), Tas Choapa (213-124), Andesmar (224-665), Buses Norte (212-800), Igi Llaima (213-542), Buses Lit (212-835),Pirihueico (213-834), Vía Tur (219-016), Bus Norte (212-800), and Cruz del Sur (213-840), with service to the island of Chiloé. Prices to Santiago fluctuate according to demand; long-haul buses heading north normally leave early morning and late evening.

Regional bus carriers include Pirihueico and Sur Express to Panguipulli; Bus Futrono (202-225) to Futrono, leaving once in the evening; Buses Jac (212-925) to Villarrica, Pucón and Temuco; and Buses Cordillera Sur (229-533) to other interior Lakes District destinations.

Tas Choapa and Andesmar go to Bariloche, Argentina. Igi Llaima goes to San Martín de los Andes and Neuquén once daily.

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Aeropuerto Pichoy (272-295) Is 32km from Valdivia on Ruta 5. Has flights from Santiago that stop first in Concepción and Temuco.

Ladeco (213-392; Caupolicán 364 No 7)

Lan (258-840; www.lan.com; Maipú 271) Flies a couple of times a week to Temuco (US$30) and twice daily to Concepción (US$70) and Santiago (US$157).

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