Chocolate, rain and some fab scenery

Bariloche Travel Blog

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Kerry and Cari pose with the Llao Llao hotel (at Llao Llao) in the distance.

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.

Boat trip on Lago Nahuel Huapi: That´s one brown, twisted tree.
This did not stop the shops having their siesta though! The first day we were there we decided to hire a car with our Scottish friends, Gordon and Cari to explore the surrounding area of the lakes and visit the Tronador mountain and the Black Glacier. Our brand new little Clio did us proud on the trip, there was one hairy moment when the clutch began to smell very bad and smoke came out of the engine, but we carried on and got the car back in one piece!!

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.

Boat trip on Lago Nahuel Huapi: It is what is says, according to Andrei and Gordon.

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.

 

 

 

 

dadmcglew says:
Sounds and looks like a lovely area. Dad.
Posted on: Jul 24, 2006
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