From Bariloche to Buenos Aires - By Bus

Bariloche Travel Blog

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My bus to Bariloche. My seat was upper level, front row!

Once again, not a lot to write here.  I poked around town a bit and packed up my things at the hostel.  All the while, I was troubled with my decision to head straight to Buenos Aires.  I really wanted to hit the beach towns. 

So I went back to the Via Bariloche bus office to inquire about changes. 

Could I change my ticket to go to Mar Del Plata? No.  That bus was full. 

Could I change my ticket to stop at Bahia Blanca - which looked like it was along the way?  No.  The bus doesn´t go that route to Buenos Aires.

Could I change my ticket to get off anywhere we were going, EXCEPT all the way to Buenos Aires?  No.

Here I am eating a tasty dinner on the bus. Tastes like airplane food.
  Apparently because I used a credit card for my ticket purchase, changes were impossible.

Could I just get off somewhere, anywhere, and forget going all the way to Buenos Aires - thereby eating the remaining portion of the fare?  No.  The bus doesn´t even stop anywhere.  It´s "directo." 

Great.  So I resigned myself to making the 20+ hour journey to Buenos Aires.  Not only would I then have to backtrack to the beach towns, but this was apparently going to be nonstop 20+ hours on a bus.  Boy, I can´t wait to find out who my seatmate is!

(Actually, I was at least smart enough to book the "cama" type service and book a seat on the single seat side.  This means the seats recline 160 degrees, and the seating is such that there are 2 seats, an aisle, and a single seat.

Great scenery leaving Bariloche.
  I was in the single seat.  And at the very front.  Should be a sweet seat.)

So at 5:20pm I boarded my bus.  And at the very least - my seat was sweet.  I felt like a little kid as I squirmed with giddiness.  My seat was indeed on the single side, at the front, on the TOP floor of this double decker bus, with no one behind me either except the stairwell.  I had windows all around me.  And a couple cool guys from not-sure-where (maybe Israel?) next to me - though they pretty much slept the whole way. 

Leaving Bariloche, there was some amazing scenery.  Rock formations jutted out from the green hills.  The road followed a river for a bit.  And we had another Via Bariloche bus in front of us so I was able to take a sort of third-person picture of my journey.

More great scenery.

Some other pics and videos I´ll post include sunrise on a bus (pic), driving a bus like a race car (vid), dinner on a bus (pic), and some details about our journey (vid).  Stay tuned.  Actually, ok I posted the videos from my youtube account.  But I don´t have my camera cable so you´ll have to wait for the pics. 

Also, I haven´t seemed to master the video posting technique yet.  I think the videos here actually link to all my videos on youtube.  Not sure.  And speaking of youtube, if you do want to see all my videos, go to www.youtube.com and search for dannyboytravels.  I think I´ve tagged them all as that. 

 

mellemel8 says:
that mini tripod of yours is working over time :P
Posted on: Dec 26, 2008
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Great scenery leaving Bariloche.
Great scenery leaving Bariloche.
More great scenery.
More great scenery.
Third person view of how I´d spen…
Third person view of how I´d spe…
Thir person view of how I´d spend…
Thir person view of how I´d spen…
Cool rock formations.
Cool rock formations.
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Cool rock formations. Need to co…
Accident by side of road.  Yikes.
Accident by side of road. Yikes.
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Long shadow. Long road. Long wa…
Sunset from the bus.
Sunset from the bus.
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Some details on what we did for 2…
Watch this multiple-truck pass.
Bariloche
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