White Water Rafting

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Here´s one for all you ladies out there

Thought we'd hit it hard in Bariloche so signed up for white water rafting in the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, and it's quality. It's the first time either of us had done it and we weren't disappointed.

We were picked up from our hotel and taken to River Rio Manso, almost to the Chilean border - and we were actually to raft over the border on the trip. On the water, we were given a briefing of what to do and when. The guide spoke English but because we were the only two we had to quickly accustomise ourselves with the Spanish commands, 'delantero,' 'al reves,' and 'peso izquierdo' (forwards, backwards and weight left - seen as we were sat on the right). The actual rapids were challenging without being scary.

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Afterwards I was relieved that we didn´t capsize at all in the rapids as we were shown some footage of previous groups capsizing, clips that could have been used on a When Rafting Goes Wrong programme or something similar if it existed. We did capsize out of the rapids at one point, however, when the guide thought it would be hilarious to get us to sit on one side while he tipped it. We also went for a swim down some light rapids which was a bit scary as you had to face forward at all times with your feet up, meaning you got a mouth full of water every so often when you hit bigs waves and at times I found it hard to get your breath back.

But all in all, great fun.

We were also treated to a barbecue afterwards at their site. I was expecting just a hotdog or similar but, being in Argentina, we had the full works - steaks, chorizo sausages, lamb and all the other stuff I'm not bothered about while I'm out here - salads etc. The only downside was the banter was all in Spanish, so we felt a little left out. I didn't get the impression they were laughing at our rafting skills, the fact our food is so rubbish compared to theirs or just that I look as camp as Christmas in a wetsuit, but they could have been.

The photos you can see on here I bought off the photographer there.

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