Blogs from Río Negro, Argentina, South America - page 12

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Not much new to report here. We went to the bar two nights ago, a place that Joey used to go to with some craft beers. We had a couple there and the alcohol content was so strong I got a pretty solid buzz and when we went the next bar I got drunk quickly. The bar was called Wilkenny and it’s a popular place here in Bariloche for tourists and locals. We got there at like 2am and there were many, many hot girls there, though they all appeared to be around the age of 20 which I am not complaining about however it makes a man feel old. We did some dancing and Joey and Brett had some moderate success, I however was too fucked up and had to take myself out of the ... read more


We started our trek towards the mountain and the Refugio (the place high up on the peak where hikers can stay and cook and have a warm place to sleep) around 11am. We wanted to get going a little earlier than that however as usual we were kind of tired and sluggish and didn’t do too much towards getting going. We waited for the bus for about a half hour until I asked where we should go to catch the bus and we were told that it was four blocks away from where we had been sitting like idiots for the last half hour! So we made our way down there and waited another forty minutes or so for the bus which finally came to take us to Villa Catedral, which is the jump off point ... read more
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We arrived in Bariloche, Argentina around 2pm and the weather was noticeably colder than we’ve been used to. I had to put my winter hat on and everyone at the bust station was wearing coats and scarves. When we were coming in on the bus the first thing I noticed and immediately said to Brett was how beautiful the scenery was and honestly, this may be the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life. The mountains are vast and huge and covered in snow. The city itself is set on a lake that is surrounded by mountains on all sides as well as forest and the air is just cleaner and easier to breath here. We took a cab from the bus station to our hostel that Joey had booked for us; he ... read more
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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 » Viedma April 8th 2011

With 2h delay I arrieved yesterday evening in Viedma, which is in the province of Rio Negro and on the southern side of the river, and went then to my hotel in Carmen de Patagones on the other side of the river and thus in the province of Buenos Aires. The two small, beautiful cities are connected by two bridges and a taxi-boat. Carmen d.P. was one of the first villages on the coast of Argentina and was funded in 1779 by Don Francisco de Viedma and the first habitants were from Galicia. The city was very important place for import and export and played an important role during the conflicts with the Portuguese in Brazil. The woman sitting next to me in the bus (= new invitation in BA) came from Punta Arenas and went ... read more

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South America » Argentina » Río Negro » Viedma April 8th 2011

Since coffee shops are the only places with bathroom (and internet), I'm sitting close to the Rio Negro, watching all the people who are jogging, sailing, cycling, rowing... These cities on the coast must be quite nice places to live. Infrastructure is good, it's quite safe, people live in very nice houses (in Puerto Madryn Bolivians own the construction companies, that's why they have solid and beautiful buildings - according to Alejandro, one of the guys working at the hostel. However, I'm a bit afraid of talking about construction and buildings since I know that an architect is reading this ;-) and the weather is agreeable too. The hostel in Puerto Madryn was one of the best ones: central, close to the terminal and beach, nice people, ok temperature in rooms, breakfast without restrictions (a la ... read more


Amazingly the handover of the car the next morning passed with no extra charges being added or damages. Sam had driven very carefully but it was along roads that were really only fit for a 4x4. Having made friends with an English guy called Alex who was in our dorm we set out together towards the Circuito Chico a road circuit around no less than 8 lakes and all to the backdrop of the Argentinian Andes. It was a beautifully sunny autumn day and after figuring out which bus we needed to get we arrived at one of the many bike hire shops and paid out 80AR for the day hire. We also met a girl from London called Jennifer also hiring a bike from the same place. So all kitted out with our maps, safety ... read more
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As I wrote last time, I spontaneously changed hostel when I arrived in Bariloche. The reason why I did that was the following: when I arrive in a new city I first look for a map to have an idea where the hostel is. Well, in contrast to what they claimed on their homepage, the hostel I booked is quite far from the centre. Since it's low season in Bariloche, Rubby - a Venezolano who works for the hostel where I'm staying now - was at the terminal and offered dorms to the arriving tourists. That's how I landed in this hostel 'freedom'. It's a bit...hippie, a bit alternative...but the people are great and it's surprisingly well organised. It's one of the hot spots for all the groups from Israel who travel Argentina, but there are ... read more


Again a wonderful trip from San Martín de los Andes to Bariloche! The colours of Patagonia are amazing and the wind quite strong. Here in Bariloche, I spontaneously changes hostel and I am now in a very cool hostel called freedom, I'll spend 4 days in this region and hope for good weather! Buenas noches a todos! Ps: I forgot to mention somebody I met in San Martín: Andrés from Córdoba who lives now in Spain. He studied something different, but he loves painting and would like to do this for living. He already sold several paintings and will probably get the opportunity to show his paintings in Switzerland. Have a look at his homepage: www.bongiovanni.com... read more




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