Blogs from San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina, South America - page 4


We arrived in Bariloche around 8am after the most hellish bus journey yet! 30 hours on a squashed bus with minimal legroom and arctic temperatures. We got off the bus and headed straight to the taxi rank, there was no way we wanted to get another bus to the hostel even if it was only 10 or so minutes away. Our hostel (Tango Inn Downtown) was pretty nice and we had our own room again with a view of the lake and a BATH!!! I was sooooo excited, the first bath I'd had since leaving in February. The hostel also had a jacuzzi which we could use for free as we had a double room which was a real luxury. The breakfasts were also incredible; pancakes, scrambled eggs, toasts and cereals. Nice change from just bread, ... read more
World's best steak
Jon finishing the World's best steak

Well, i have come down with a dirty, stinking cold... Although annoying, it has given me a chance to start on the blog. On a more happier note, today Emiliano finally gets to skydive after waiting one week for the weather to be right. Even though the sun has been out the last few days, there has still been enough wind to cancel the skydive each day. He is one happy dude, and we are all excited for him. Mike, Bruno, Jo and I head down to the lake to eat some lunch and catch some rays, and hope to see Emi freefalling from the sky while we are down there. We have lunch and listen to some tunes, and look for Emi, to no avail. We head back to the hostel and await his return. ... read more
Mojo enjoying the Sun
Looking for Emi

Despite getting to bed after 5am, i woke up at 8am to our first sunny day. Therefore i decided to drag my sorry arse out of bed, leaving a snoozing mojo behind, and go for a walk around the Lago Nahuel Huapi. It was still fresh, but just the thing to shake out the cobwebs. Got back to the hostel around 10.30, just as the others were waking up (except Mike who smehow managed to make it home as the sun rose drunk as a skunk). As it was our first sunny day in Bariloche we decided to do the Cerro Companario trek. Bruno and Emiliano wanted to come, despite already doing the trek before we arrived. The walk up the mountain was a ****, with some parts involving scrambling up 45 degrees. However, the view ... read more
Morning walk views
Morning walk views
Morning walk views

Woke up to a gorgeous day, with not a cloud in sight, and no sore legs, suprisingly after the previous days walking. The legs must be getting used to the mileage. Mike, Emiliano, Jo and I are keen to tackle a hard trek today, with Bruno skipping out. We decide to walk up the Cerro Catedral, the mountain we caught a gondala and a chairlift up on our second day. After getting the bus out there, Emiliano chats with a local who runs a cafe, and he recomends that we trek the Condor instead, which is black/blue ski run next to the Catedral, and apparently has better views. So after feasting on some chocolate, we head off. The climb starts at around 1100 metres and tops out at just under 2000 metres. Instead of following the ... read more
Guacho on the Cerro Condor
Jo weaving her way up thru the thistles
If you look hard enough, you will see Jo

Quiet day today, as the weather has set in and the legs are sore. No-one is in the mood to do much during the day. The five of us grab some lunch at morfies and then make our way back to the hostel to chill out before heading out for the night. By now we have gotten over the jetlag, and are used to eating dinner after 9pm, usually around 10pm, which is the time we venture out tonight to De Alberto's, a famous steak house in Bariloche. Once again the steaks are amazing, as we share 3 massive cuts of meat between the five of us, along with some ensalada and papas fritas (salad and chips). Plus a great bottle of malbec. Dinner is finished after midnight, from where we head off to a the ... read more
mmmmm meat.......


Woke up to another cold and drizzly day, but decided to not let the weather dampen our spirits and go for a trek to Cerro Llao Llao. It took around an hour on the bus to get to the start point. The weather was grim, but we were somewhat sheltered from the wind and the rain in the forest, and managed to get a break in the weather to have lunch at a beautiful spot. After lunch the weather got worse, and by the time we reached the summit of Cerro Llao Llao it was really closing in. The rain today melted the majority of the snow that had fallen on the peaks a few days prior. After descending the Cerro, we walked back through lowlands covered in raspberry & blackberry bushes, and huge apple and ... read more
Lago Nahuel Huapi
Arayan Forest
The trail to Lago Moreno Oeste

After a 2 hour delay getting out of Buenos Aires we arrived in Bariloche, and we were greeted with a Patagonian cold front. The wind was howling, and the mountains had been recently dusted with the first snowfall of the season. Spectacular, but bloody cold and a shock to our system after coming from summer in Sydney and similar weather in B.A. Bariloche is famous for its skiing in winter, and trekking in summer. It is also well known for its chocolate and micro-breweries. So it has Jo's and my name written all over it for respective reasons. Got to our hostel, Home Hostel, and were taken in with open arms by the owners (Gaby and Santiago). We were starving after foregoing breakfast and only getting a pack of chips and a chocolate bar on the ... read more
Cerro Catedral
Summit of the Cerro Catredal
Making a break for shelter

Bon alors, pour ceux qui lisent ce blog et qui ont déjà fait la balade jusqu’au Refugio Frey, je sais qu’ils sont très peu mais qu’ils existent quand même, vous allez tout de suite dire – et je suis d’accord – que c’est la honte. Mais voilà, ce sont des choses qui arrivent : on n’a jamais trouvé le panneau de départ du sentier POURTANT TRES VISIBLE je sais QUAND ON REGARDE AU BON ENDROIT. Nous on a foncé à la descente du bus, on a demandé à un gars du coin qui nous a dit l’équivalent de « oui oui, vous pouvez passer par là, n’importe où » en nous montrant les pistes de ski en face, dans le vague. Bon ben on est parti alors. Donc vous connaissez la fin, on n’a jamais atteint ... read more

Démarrage un peu tardif vers midi pour une petite balade qui permet d’avoir des vues magnifiques sur le lac (toujours le grand de la taille de Buenos Aires), sur la péninsule où nous étions le 1erjour et sur un autre lac de l’autre côté de la vallée. Le départ peut se faire de l’auberge, ce qui est plutôt rare ici de ne pas avoir à prendre un bus. La dernière partie est magnifique et plus fréquentée, et j’ai l’occasion de pratiquer mon spanglish avec des argentins qui se promènent. Il n’y avait personne sur la première partie, je soupçonne les gens de venir en voiture jusqu’au restaurant panoramique/téléphérique et de ne faire que la fin jusqu’au mirador Hazburg pour le point de vue. Balade à travers les sentiers VTT et les pistes de ski désertées, sur ... read more

Aujourd'hui rien de spécial à raconter mais je voulais juste faire de gros gros bisous à distance à Papé Emile, Mamie Yvette et Mamie Mimi. C'est tout. Demain, je pars en voiture faire la route des 7 lacs... read more

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