18-24 April: Bariloche (Lakes District, Patagonia)

Bariloche Travel Blog

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20 April; Mirador Pidra de Habsburgo

After disembarking th Navimag at Puerto Montt, Sarah, Andrew, Nick and I jumpd on th first bus accross the border to Bariloche, Argentina. Great town... a bit touristy in set up but it's got something for everyone. The architecture makes you feel like you're in a German ski village.

The weather on th 19th proved why most people come to the Lakes District in Summer (upside was it gave me time to write this journal). 20th was better so I hired a mountain bike and rode up Cerro Otto for some splendid views of Bariloche, Lago Nahuel Huapi, Lago Gutierrez and surrounding mountains. The view from mirador Piedra de Habsburgo was choice.

AM on the 21st I set out with another English Nick to refugio Frey, about 3 hour walk from Villa Catedral ski centre car park.

22 April: Refugio Frey sunrise
At the refugio we met Sean (Canada) and Ama (Holland) from our Hostel and were served pizza by Paula, the refugio keeper. The next day (22nd) we ascended further past Lago Schmoll to a brilliant view over the vally between Cerro Tres Reyes and Cerro (Mount) Claussen. This involved a lot of uphill through thigh deep snow so after that we thought it best to turn back and not chance it over the next mountain pass to Refugio San Martin without a marked trail (or tent). We turned around and headed all the way back to Catedral and Bariloche for a steak at Albertos and beers at Wilkenny where we hookd up with Sarah and Andrew again.

I headed out to Hotel Llao Llao next day to check out the other end of Lago Nahul Huapi. Also got a glimpse of how the upper end of the travelling population live before I was informd that I had to leave the hotel grounds (I geuss I looked a bit scruffy).

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20 April; Mirador Pidra de Habsbur…
20 April; Mirador Pidra de Habsbu…
22 April: Refugio Frey sunrise
22 April: Refugio Frey sunrise
22 Apr: Lago Schmoll
22 Apr: Lago Schmoll
22 April:
22 April:
22 April: above Lago Schmoll
22 April: above Lago Schmoll
20 April: Bariloche from Cerro Otto
20 April: Bariloche from Cerro Otto
20 April: View south from Cerro Ot…
20 April: View south from Cerro O…
21 April: Towards Refugio Frey
21 April: Towards Refugio Frey
22 April: Nick, Ama and Shaun Clim…
22 April: Nick, Ama and Shaun Cli…
22 April: Logo Schmoll
22 April: Logo Schmoll
18 April: Steak Argentina Style wi…
18 April: Steak Argentina Style w…
22 April: Hiking buddies Ama and S…
22 April: Hiking buddies Ama and …
Bariloche
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