Heading South (Part 4)

El Bolson Travel Blog

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El Bolson is a much smaller town than Bariloche. It has more of a hippy undercurrent and is closer to the mountains. From the bus station we walked across the road to the C.A.P. (Club Andino Piltriquitron) office to get information on treks in the area and half an hour later we found ourselves on the lawn outside of the house stripping our backpacks of everything we didn´t need. By 4pm (with considerably lighter packs, although still heavy because of food) we were off trekking up to a series of refuges in the mountains. At the refuges you can either camp or sleep in the loft and many of them sell meals and basic supplies including home-made bread and beer. We spent 4 nights in the mountains of El Bolson exploring the beautiful forests, glaciers, and crystal clear aquamarine rivers. It was an amazing hike (although a bit dusty in some spots). We were surprised to discover that the Argentinian hiking culture differs greatly from that in Canada. The vast majority of our fellow trekkers were groups of university aged Argentinans, people of my parents´generation were rare, wearing sneakers and jeans and carrying small daypacks stuffed with bulky sleeping bags. This confirmed in Dad´s mind what he already suspected, that he was carrying way too much stuff and resulted in a major purge once we returned to El Bolson.

We are spending the day in El Bolson catching up on the world and buying food before taking the 30 hour bus ride south down Route 40 to El Chalten (Fitzroy) at 11 pm tonight.
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El Bolson
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