Shiny rocks in a cave. May even be gold!
Today we decided to go off the beaten track a bit (more) after a morning wake-up coffee in the one of the enormous chocolate shops. We wanted to go and see some caves about 30km outside of Bariloche
called Cerro Leone which are on a private farm.
We arrived and were told in (very) broken English that the tour would leave in 5 minutes. Considering that we had seen something in a pamphlet that gave no information about it what so ever (and it is not in the guidebooks) we went with the flow. We were taken by an ancient bus up to the starting point of the walk up to the caves. There the guide took over. Completely in Spanish. So for us it was mostly intuition. We could make up some nice stories now and some of them may even be true.
Bob the Builder molests Atlas
Once upon a time… There were 3 caves that we went into. The first had inhabitants (about 1,300 years ago) who were about 2 metres tall (now we know where the Argentine rugby team come from). This was the main dormitory. There was evidence of rock paintings, some stones fashioned into tools etc. Unfortunately some people had carved some of the rock paintings out of the wall and stolen them. Beyond that the details escaped us. There is a pretty cool rock formation of an Indian face though.
The next cave was a larger gathering place. The final cave was the most impressive. Quite large and you get given hard hats to walk around in. Kat insisted on a yellow one in order to do her Bob the Builder imitation. From there the instructions were: Claustrophobia? Luckily not. Through a very small hole into another cave where there is a pool of water leading to other underground caves. Once inside, the cave is completely black and completely silent.
Back at the little café at the bottom, they had a Weimeraner puppy who was 3 months old and absolutely adorable. We played with it for a bit and then had a tappas type lunch of cold meats, cheese, olives, pate, pickled vegetables, smoked trout and something remarkably close to biltong.
Next stop was to go up the cable car at Cerro Campanario. Very impressive views and lots of irritating school kids.
For supper – cheese fondue and red wine. Not rich at all, luckily.