Page 7 of Purple Haze Travel Blog Posts

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

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

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires March 4th 2013

Well, we somehow managed to get all of our shit sorted on our final weekend in Oz, and get on the plane with hours to spare. We were driven to the airport by Jo's dad, and it gave us a taste of what to expect with the rides we will get in South America, as the usual 1.5 hr drive was done in under an hour... Flight left on time, and we can't fault Aerolineas Argentinas. There was no In Flight Entertainment, but that matters sfa when you are exhausted. The food was good, but like all airline food, makes you bloated and gassy. Waking up the next morning and getting up to go for a whiz you are inundated with the sulphuric smell of 300 odd people farting for 8 hours. Not only does it ... read more

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