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South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón December 10th 2011

From Bariloche it's a short but beautiful hop (a mere three hours in the bus), along a road boxed in on both sides by soaring snow-capped mountains, to the small but intriguing town of El Bolsón. Wedged between two mountain ranges, El Bolsón couldn't have a more impressive setting. The mild microclimate its position produces has made El Bolsón one of the country's prime fruit-growing areas - strawberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, apricots...all abound here. We've been feeling somewhat vegetable-starved for the past few weeks (or months...) and the bounty available on the shelves of El Bolsón is, on its own, a big reason to come here. The first night in our cosy little hostel sees us gorge on mountains of greenery the likes of which we haven't seen since we left home. El Bolsón has something ... read more
Bridge over the Río Azul
Bridge over the Río Azul
View on the way to Refugio Hielo Azul

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón November 3rd 2011

Heya from Patagonia! Woo! We're currently in El Bolson - a lovely arty, hippy town in beautiful North Patagonia. Tomorrow we head out on our most epic bus journey yet - some 26 hours south to El Calafate! Since our last update, we've been on bikes on no less than 3 occassions. I promise you this is not my influence. First was the 'not to be missed' Mr Hugo´s bikes and wineries tour in Mendoza. What we hoped to be a great day certainly delivered! Despite a bad start to the morning... having woken up in our dirty hostel, realising the included breakfast consisted solely of biscuits (no there wasn't even a variety box), having to rush to the bus station and then getting the wrong bus out of town... with the help of some lovely ... read more
The view from our hostel!
Chilled in Beautiful Bariloche

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón May 29th 2011

After an interesting week hitch-hiking etc we got back on the tourist trail and went to El Bolson, a small hippy town in the argentine lake district (much more impressive than the English one!). Spent a couple of days hiking to some beauty spots, which were pretty much deserted apart from us (we even saw a pudu- a very small, rare deer) , drinking local beer and eating great steak! From there we went up to Bariloche, the main city in the region. It is just a short bus ride to the national park and we climbed a hill to see a great view of the three big lakes there, the city and the andes in the background. We were also here for the weekend, so on saturday we had a night out in the town, ... read more

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón April 24th 2011

´Reko´ is a Mapuche word meaning ´clear water´, and it is the name of my home for the next month. I arrive after a jolting taxi ride along stone tracks to find a nine year old boy brandishing a saw blade - enter Apollo, a mini overlord with the intelligence and audacity to preside over all volunteers that enter his home. His father and uncle, Gerardo and Gabriel, ten years ago exchanged their Buenos Aires existences for a life of clothes manufacturing in India and bio-construction in Patagonia. The current project is the taller; sitting in the shadows of the Andes, where leaves on every mountainside are now turning from green to an almost blood red, this ark like structure will eventually be used for the manufacturing of solar instruments. The roof is midway through its ... read more

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón April 14th 2011

"Anathallo - Dokkoise House" "Anathallo - Hanasakajijii" The only difference between hippies from Argentina and Canada is their native language! They look the same, dress the same, act the same and smell the same! I found it strange that El Bolson, a self proclaimed refuge from the hectic world for hippies, has yet to ban plastic bags. El Calafate and El Chalten both have banned plastic bags from their grocery stores. What's with that El Bolson? I thought hippies praised mother earth? Come on, get with it! Perhaps you can swap out plastic bags at the SuperMercado's in exchange for a joint and a home made bar of soap! Now how hippie would THAT be?!! Jokes aside, I loved El Bolson. It was always on my radar as I made my way up the Route 40. ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón March 10th 2011

El Bolson is a town 2 hours south of Bariloche. It is described as very hippie, which I would agree with because it was extremely laid back and full of people with dreads. However, getting to El Bolson was anything was laid back...not surprising though considering our luck with buses. We arrived at the bus terminal in Bariloche an hour early in order to make sure we did not miss the bus. The ticket window,however, was not open for the entire day so I spent a lot of my time asking people about our bus and being sent to other people. Finally I found out that our bus would be arriving an hour late (1 pm). At 1 Pm still no bus...I am told we just need to wait. At 2 pm...still no bus...still told we ... read more
Lago Puelo
El Bolson
El Bolson

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón January 22nd 2011

We spent eight nights in El Bolson, the longest that we have remained in one place so far on our trip. The place was simply beautiful, and it was difficult to tear ourselves away. El Bolson a small hippie town just two hours south of the more famous Bariloche in the Rio Negro province. It is surrounded by mountains and small waterfalls, and is really close to the popular Lago Puelo. The resort was a destination visited mostly by Argentinian tourists, we only met about 4 english speaking people in our whole time there, which was really great as we were able to use our Spanish. We felt we were in the real Argentina. We arrived in the town after a 27 hour bus ride which fortunately had no break downs. We were a little later ... read more
horses crossing the stream
an audience
El  Bolson by night

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón May 21st 2010

Coucou à tous, como andan???? Voici la suite de notre rêve, qui fut sans aucun doute une de nos parties favorites d Argentine. Mon récit commencera par cette expérience du train en Argentine, celui que nous avons pris pour nous rendre à Bahia Blanca, ce train nous ne l oublierons pas de si tôt...en effet il ressemblait à un train des années 50. L intérieur était tout en bois, les portes restèrent ouvertes pendant tout le trajet et surtout le personnel semblait sortit tout droit...d un film... d horreur peut-être. On aurait dit qu ils avaient passés toute leur vie dans ce train, les passagers eux aussi semblaient suspects, étranges, ou tout simplement bizarres. On se serait cru dans une autre dimension. parralèle à la nôtre. la 4eme ou la 5eme p-e!?!?... Après 14h de folie ... read more
el Lago Puelo
Jon qui médite
le rio Azul

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón May 13th 2010

So things continue to be good at this location. I spent 3 days in the forest, and found some amazing things. First, and most amazing, was a forest of trees aging from 1000-2000 years old. They weren't that tall, but they were definitely strange looking. There bark was also strange, so thick and light. The trunks only grow 2cm in diameter every 20 years. The oldest one found recently was 3600 years old, but fossils of 35 million years have been found. The trees don't quite remember the dinosaurs, but they do remember cavemen and how annoyingly they got at cutting down trees. I walked so much that I thought my foot would never be able to recover from the pain. And then one day, it just stopped hurting. And now walking is way better, i ... read more
Rickety Bridge
The Big Trees
River Azul




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