I've been working on the timing for our Bolivian leg. We have several pieces of evidence to accommodate. Here are the terms:
1) A Canadian ex-patriot saw production working around wooden bikes and a U-Turn
sign in La Paz, Bolivia. She wrote that it was on the day she took possession of her La Paz apartment which turns out to be located opposite El Monticulo
. And she had previously written on April 25th that the move-in was expected to be "on Tuesday". That would be April 29th. This date will conflict another piece of evidence so be prepared to allow it to adjust.
2) A traveler spotted Phil at the airport of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The sighting was in the range 9 am to 12:45 pm.
3) A traveler spotted several teams at the Santiago airport on April 30th. He has estimated that they arrived in two bunches between 4 and 6 pm.
4) On April 29th, the only flights into Santa Cruz prior to Phil getting spotted were from La Paz and Cochabamba (I say Cochabamba
when I hit my thumb with my hammer!). And, for the time period involved, there were no flights into Cochbamba other than La Paz. A Difficult Conclusion:
Phil was not on his way
to La Paz on April 29th. He must have arrived from
La Paz. So the Bolivian leg had been completed and his mat duties there were done. So the Canadian lady saw the U-turn
and the wooden bikes in La Paz on the day before: April 28th.
With that in mind we can figure out the likely flights that teams used to get to Santiago on April 30th. Here is what I found for the two waves or groups that reached Santiago:
Fly Aerosur 210 leaving La Paz at 8:30 am and arriving in Santa Cruz at 9:30 am
Continue on Aerosur 210 leaving Santa Cruz at 10:45 am and arriving in Buenos Aires at 2:30 pm
Fly Air Canada 93 leaving Buenos Aires at 4:00 pm and arriving in Santiago at 5:20 pm
As a potential bonus, if they arrived early enough in Buenos Aires, they could fly Aerolineas Argentinas 1288 leaving Buenos Aires at 2:45 pm and arriving in Santiago at 4:00 pm.
Fly Lan Airlines 965 leaving La Paz at 12:45 pm and arriving in Iquique at 1:50 pm
Continue with Lan Airlines 965 leaving Iquique at 3:15 pm and arriving in Santiago at 5:25 pm
ETA: I just noticed that Wave 1 is equal to Neobie's 'pointless' flight for Phil.
Well, at least my Wave 2 is new.