Chocolate, rain and some fab scenery
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KERRY - The drive to Bariloche on the edge of Patagonia saw us witness some of the most spectacular scenery so far on a bus journey. After we had crossed the border into Argentina from Chile and began the drive through the Parque National Nahuel Huapi we were surrounded by snowy mountains on both sides. About an hour or so from Bariloche we began to see amazing views of the lakes and mountains that surrounded the local towns, it was such a shame that the bus driver had saved the best film to show us till now as we were trying to keep track of that as well as watch the scenery around us!
We spend 5 days in Bariloche and most of the time the weather was kind to us, unlike in Chile! Ski season was about the start in the area, so the town was pretty busy with tourists and locals alike waiting for the slopes to open.
We also took a cable car up one of the many mountains (Cerro Otto) to admire the view from above of the town and its surrounding scenery, but the day was not all that clear so the view was not as spectacular as it could have been. We also went on a boat trip one afternoon to the nearby Victoria Island and another small island called Bosque de Arrayanes, which were very peaceful and picturesque.
As well as sight seeing, a lot of eating and drinking was done here as well as watching the world cup games! We went to a fabulous restaurant a couple of times where the portion sizes were so huge I have never seen anything like it!! (review below). An Irish couple that we had met in Pucon were also in Bariloche at the same time so we met up with them most nights (hence the mucho drinking!)
The last couple of days the weather was not kind to us though - lots of rain, which was a good excuse for Andrei to watch the footie and keep his drinking hanicap up with his new buddy Gordon! Saturday night was particularly messy and a hangover was suffered by Andrei and Gordon on Sunday with a 20 hour bus ride to look forward too to Buenos Aires!! Boys eh!!
Bariloche is also famous for its chocolate and we were not dissapointed! We had to try it of course!We really liked this little town and will definitley be planning a trip back here when we come back to explore Patagonia proparly in the summer months.