Too Much Bus
Bariloche Travel Blog› entry 12 of 117 › view all entries
February 8th, 2007 – by: dan2105
Our delightful trip involved a seven-hour minibus journey, followed by another seven-hour bus journey, then an overnight bus lasting 13 hours took us to our destination, Bariloche in the Lake District. It was to be a journey that was painful but could have been a lot worse.
We start the adventure at the cheapo, last-resort hostel that we had to stay at because of the buses only leaving on odd days. Packed in like sardines in a 12-man dorm, a 4:30am start to leave to catch our bus didn´t appeal.
Then another bus journey, this time aided with the best of DVD offerings so far- Queen: Live At Wembley. Classic Queen. Even though I wasn´t really in the mood for much socialising having only minutes sleep, we met a couple of guys from Brighton and a couple from Germany who were all on their way to Bariloche, just like us. We were fortunate to have met the Germans as they were (embarassingly) fluent in Spanish, English and French, and were able to translate for us when buying tickets, which was most helpful considering the stress it was about to give us. As we reached the front of the queue for tickets for the overnight leg, we could see from the monitors that there were only two left, and if we hadn´t got them it meant staying overnight and getting a bus the following night.
When we finally got to our hostel in Bariloche, it seemed worth the wait. The hostel's spot on and the area we're in is just beautiful. Already feeling a bit tired, we took a picnic down and sat outside the cathedral, overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi. Although quite touristy, Bariloche is still very pleasant. Easily covered by foot, there's still a bit to see and do. We went to the Museo De La Patagonia, which contained, amongst other things, stuffed animals you can see at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and other artefacts relating to the history of the Patagonian region.
So, journey over. Thank God. And I might even have a cheeky steak later on. Well, it would be rude not to.
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