Blogs from Río Negro, Argentina, South America - page 3

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My friend, Tara and I are interested in renting a car for a couple of weeks to travel down the west side of Patagonia. Any 1-3 travelers interested in renting with us? We want to leave from Bariloche around the 22nd of November.... read more


Arrivés à Bariloche, nous allons tous les 4 nous installer dans un appartement. Deux amies de Yiannis viennent nous rendre visite le soir : session chicha / guitare avant d'être à court d'alcool et de continuer la soirée dans un bar du coin. Le lendemain, nous allons faire un tour dans le centre ville sous un ciel bien dégueulasse : ce n'est pas aujourd'hui que nous allons faire grand chose, mais la journée n'est malgré tout pas perdue ! Nous trouvons de superbes bonnets, plus ridicules les uns que les autres, qui nous accompagnerons jusqu'à la fin du voyage. Ce soir encore, après une bonne préchauffe à l'appart, nous allons retrouver du monde dans des bars à proximité. Réveil à nouveau un peu pâteux. La météo semble un peu plus clémente que la veille, nous décidons ... read more
Soirée à l'appart


Left the hotel at 9am andtook a tour to got out to the national park. Unfortunately it was still raining. We went to the Cerro campanario. A chair lift up the mountain. It was so windy at the top that the rain hurt your face when it hit it. The clouds were quite low so we didn´t have any good views. We then wen onto Punto Panoramico and Llao Llao hotel. Stopped at a place that made rose hip products. Got back about 1pm. It cleared slightly during the afternoon however the wind didn´t drop. I walked around the town.... read more
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Left the hotel at 11am for the airport. The flight to bariloche took 2 hours 15 mins. when we arrived it was sleeting and very cold. Arrived at the hotel and then went for a short walk. It was so cold we ended up at a chocolate place. The hot chocolate was very good!! That about all the excitement we had for the day... read more


We got up for the last time in our lake-side paradise and trundled off to breakie. The sun was streaming through and it was another perfect day in Bariloche. It was kind of bitter-sweet; knowing we would enjoy a nice morning however annoyed that it couldn't be like this for our first couple of days here. We packed up our bags (and collected all the hand-washing that we'd done and hung up on any available space around our hotel room) and checked-out. Our flight back to Santiago wasn't leaving until 4pm so we had quite a bit of the day to fill in. We decided that given the nice morning, we would walk the 6km into town for lunch and do a spot of souvenir shopping. We walked along the main road and took in the ... read more
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We woke up today unfortunately not to a stunning day like yesterday but it wasnt raining and the sun was attempting to come through. I managed to negotiate with Ben that seeing as though I had to drive 10 hours yesterday, that he would get up at 9.15am and go and meet the guy dropping off our bikes and get an idea from him what route we should take, while I lay in and had a weeny bit of extra rest. He obliged like a good lil boy and I was thankful to not get up in the dark and be ready to go! He came back all excited about our bike ride today. I have to admit I did not share his excitement! I was knackered and the thought of biking up and around hills ... read more
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Today we had another long sleep in! Its crazy that the sun doesnt rise till 9.15am! We have been waking up close to 10! Its fantastic – ben doesnt feel the need to get up out of bed like a shot saying “come on rach up you get, its morning!” in a voice thats way too annoying and loud for whatever time of morning he usually does it! Once again we went down to breakie and it was average at best but filled ourselves up with what they had there. It wasnt a very nice day today but def better than yesterday and at least it wasnt raining so we spent the morning planning what we would do for the following 2 days as it was meant to be sunny. We decided to hire a car ... read more
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The first thing I'll say about San Carlos Bariloche is that the sun does not rise very early. Ok, so being 21 June, today is the winter solstice and we very much made use of the additional hours of darkness. I awoke with a start when I heard Rach beside me yell “crap, we've only got 15 mins til breakfast finishes”. We'd both slept the morning away and didn't wake up until 10.15am!! At this time of year, the sun doesn't rise til about 9.30am and it was made even worse today by the gloomy overcast morning which made for excellent sleeping in conditions. So we jumped out of bed, through on some clothes that were barely adequate for breakfast, put our thongs on and trundled out to the breakfast room. Thankfully, others were also caught ... read more


We woke up this morning after an amazing sleep in our super comfy bed! Our lil apartment here is really cute with a kitchen and everything! Would be great if we were here more than one night so we could actually cook ourselves a meal instead of going out! It feels like coming home is getting closer! And it is! Unfortunately I was disappointed as I stepped into the shower as it was tepid at best! Grr cold showers in a cold place is not ideal! Anyway enough moaning, we got changed into our travel attire for yet another full day of travelling and got out packs to head downstairs and pay our bill. ... read more


Saturday 11 May to Saturday 18 May Taking the early morning bus from Sierra de la Ventaña to Bahía Blanca I was treated to a beautiful sunrise passing Parque Nacional Ernesto Tornquist. The mountainsides took on a deep orangery-red glow as the morning sun hit them, creating a sense of "otherworldliness" to the views I had seen there the previous day. After the sun had completely risen it was time for more shut eye. My plan once in Bahía Blanca, was to have the day in the town before boarding another overnight bus to Bariloche. All the best laid plans, hey?! On arriving in Bahía Blanca it transpired there was no luggage store. So, with my plan scuppered I began my 13 hour wait at the bus terminal. Oh joy! I surprised myself, keeping entertained for ... read more
Arrival at Bariloche
Down the Road
Cerro Llao Llao




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