Blogs from Río Negro, Argentina, South America - page 8


You never know how much you miss the green lushness of NC until you haven´t seen it for awhile and then BAM, there it is in front of you after so many weeks-months-years on the road. I have felt this familiar sensation of appreciation for my home state many times, though usually from an airplane. On Monday, I was welcomed into the arms of the most beautiful place I have ever seen, and let me tell you, NC has some catching up to do. Bariloche and its surrounding environs hold for me what are the holy trinity of outdoor loveliness: greenery, super tall snow-capped mountains and WATER. There is glorious, sparkling blue water everywhere you look. I don´t even need to leave my freakin´hostel room to see the water. It´s right there. After 3 1/2 weeks ... read more

After a week at the hostel I made a few friends and we decided to find an apartment. A couple I met started asking around and found this amazing place. Sick view of the mountains, tons of room for all of our boarding gear and only about $225 Canadian per month for each of us.... read more
Awesome View
Dining Room/Owen's Room
Mine and Steve's Room

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón July 5th 2012

There’s a small town about 130 km south of Bariloche called El Bolson. We’d heard a lot about it and decided to go check it out. We took a bus, which ended up taking about 4 hours because of the weather, but it was a good chance to check out some awesome mountain scenery. The town was pretty laid back compared to Bariloche. We spent the next day hiking Cerro Amigo and checking out the town, then headed home to Bariloche to find some more snow!... read more
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View from the bus

The first day we went up to the mountain it was too windy so we went over to Hotel Dinko to help them build their snowboard park. There’s a big group of locals that get together and build a park right next to the hotel. They do competitions and there’s a bar right next to it. Pretty sick setup! On Canada day we got about a foot of snow. It was insane! The terrain is a lot different than Canada. A lot of open runs and sweet cliffs, but not a lot of tree runs. Spending Canada day in winter was a different experience, but it felt right. The next couple days the mountain was closed to we just helped out with the snowboard park. Can’t wait until it’s done!... read more
Canada Day
Canada Day


Since the snow hasn't been the best I've been doing a bit of exploring. One of the sights that people were talking about was the waterfall that feeds into Lago Gutierrez, so I decided to go check it out. I took a bus and accidentally got off a stop early. I'll admit I was pretty lost at first, but it worked out good because I got to walk through a small village called Los Cohiues. The village was really awesome. Almost everyone had a small farm in their yards with horses, chickens and at least two dogs per house. Here are some pictures of the trek.... read more
Hostel View
Hostel View
Hangin out by the lake

The trip here was interesting. 49 hours of planes, airports and buses. Everything was going pretty good until the cab driver at the Buenos Aires airport tried to say I gave him 2 ten pesos bills instead of two hundreds. I should have learnt to say "give me back my money" in spanish. Probably with a few more F words in there, but i think i agreed not to swear on this blog site or I'd get kicked off. Eventually after me just saying no and two hundred a bunch of times he finally took me to the bus station. The bus station was a pretty interesting place, it was hard to take pictures from the bus but the station was surounded by some spretty interesting areas. It kind of looked like pictures I've seen of ... read more
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San Carlos de Bariloche is a tourist town. It is set in the lakes district and surrounded by mountains. People come to enjoy water sports in the summer and to ski in the winter. On our second full day, 1 May, we decided to venture out. Our plan was to catch a local bus 17 kilometres to a chair lift then go on to a hotel for a cuppa and be back for a late lunch. We arrive at the ticket booth to find it closed for May Day. We walked the main street looking for somewhere to buy a ticket getting advice from local shop keepers. Just as I had given up I saw some people holding bus tickets. Despite our language differences we were able to communicate and they showed me where to get ... read more
Part way up the hill at Cerro Campanario
Leigh happy to be at the top of Cerro Campanario
Leigh relaxing at Hotel Llao Llao

Waking up on the morning of my Birthday is usually a fairly unpleasant affair due to the inevitable hangover from the previous night’s celebrating or, more recently commiserating. This birthday was no different in that waking up was indeed unpleasant, however this time the reason wasn’t a hangover, but because I had woken up on a bus. This unfortunately isn’t a crazy anecdote of me getting hammered the day before my birthday and somehow ending up on a bus going somewhere I had never heard of. No, I was on a bus purposely and fully aware of my actions in order to get to Bariloche in Argentina. We had come from Colonia again in Uruguay after having spent one more night there, and was currently making our way to our destination via a 24 hour bus ... read more
Lake side in Bariloche
Swiss like buildings of Bariloche
Donna enjoying the views

Phoenix Rising from the Ash They say the third time's a charm, but all three of my visits to Bariloche have been charmed. This time, I would celebrate my birthday on top of a mountain (again), climb up most of the mirador/viewpoints around this very scenic city, revisit my favorite trails, chocolate shop and friends and eat a chunk of the world's largest egg--yum! When I'd last visited in autumn's May, I'd left a day pack with my hostel friends with plans to return in a week or two. However, the Chilean Volcano Puyehue, just over the border, erupted as I was about to return. It blanketed the Argentine Lake District in up to 2 feet of lung-choking ash, and I changed direction. It would be nine months before I'd return--oops. While the ash had been ... read more
Mt Tronador, huge extinct volcano that marks the boundary betwen Argentina and Chile
 Cascadas de los Duendes (Waterfall of the Elves)

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