Slap bang in the middle of nowhere
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On Sunday I took the bus from Mendoza to a town called Malargue, which is 7 hours southwest by bus. It´s not a famous town in its own right, but gives access to many spectacular sights. Feeling in the mood for a little isolation, I chose a hostel about 5km out of town, which is an organic farm and a self-titled eco hostel. It is made from adobe, with a timber frame, and is set in the wilderness with good views of the cordillera principal of the Andes, to the West. I travelled down with Tyler, from the USA, who I met when I arrived in Mendoza, and we met a german girl at the bus station who wanted to stay at the same hostel, so we had a group at least to while away the nights in "el campo".
On Monday we did a 14km round trip walk to the Malargue river, which gave great views of the mountains and also of the hills that surround the salt flats to the east of town. In the afternoon we did an excursion to Laguna Llancanelo, with its large population of flamingoes. We also climbed a small and extinct volcano (Cerro Trapal, 1500m) to get better views of the lake and went to a smaller private lagoon to get closer to the birdlife. It was fed only from below (it´s surrounded by a salt flat) and you could see where it bubbled up through the lake bed.
Today we´re going our separate ways; the others to Buenos Aires, myself to Bariloche in the south. Meanwhile, with several hours to wait, I´m going to watch some football and see how the US elections are coming along.