Bariloche


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Published: March 21st 2007
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Bariloche, Argentina


Bariloche is a great place. It´s a combination of a Swiss ski resort and typical South America. There were chocolate shops everywhere with the obligatory chocolate fountain. (Hard for Kerry to leave.)

We did the Nahuel Haupi Traverse above Bariloche. This is probably the hardest trek we have done due to the constant climbing and decending over rough rocky and scree terrain.

Osorno, Chile


Next on the agenda was a trek called Baño´s del caulle. This is a three day trek to hot springs on the side of Volcan Puyehue. Our luck with the weather finally ran out and it rained on and off for three days. Looking on the bright side it washed the dust of the tent (who would have thought in Patagonia?) and this trek had other stuff of interest rather than just the views. At some stages it was so foggy we had to leave one of us at a marker and try and find the next marker on the pumice lunar terrain. We climbed Volcan Puyehue to look into the glacier filled crater.


Pucon, Chile


We went to Pucon next to climb Volcan Villarica, which is Chile´s most
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Condor over Bariloche
climbed volcano . We were forced to take a guided tour to climb to the summit. The first attempt was cancelled due to bad weather, but we climbed the next day. Unfortunately the clouds came in when we got close to the summit so visability was very limited. It was still good fun to look into an active volcano though.

Copahue, Argentina


After yet another border crossing back into Argentina, we got off the beaten track a bit and went to Copahue, a spa town with a resort built around the hot water pools. We hiked up to Laguna Termal, a steaming volcanic lake on Volcan Copahue. The Lake is about 38-40 degrees and melts a glacier to feed itself. We got to the lake edge but could only stay long enough to take photo´s because of the sulfurous gases.

We decided to have a thermal bath after the trek to the Laguna. After entering the resort we found out we needed a medical and a prescription before getting into the baths! We managed to get away with just a blood pressure check by the nurse.

Mendoza, Argentina


We decided to go on a tour to the
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Nahuel Haupi Traverse trek, Bariloche
mountains as this was the easiest way to see the surrounding area. Mendoza is Agentina´s biggest wine producing area so we did an obligatory wine tour.
We then headed towards Bolivia via Salta, Argentina.








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Nahuel Haupi Traverse trek, Bariloche
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Nahuel Haupi Traverse trek, Bariloche
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Baños de Caulle

Kerry Lost in Fog
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Baños de Caulle

Glaciare Negro River of Lava
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Baños de Caulle

Sunset over Lago Puyehue
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Volcan Villarica from Hostel
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Kerry Slidding down the Volcano
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Copahue, Argentina

Laguna Termal
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Copahue, Argentina

Copahue Thermal Bath Resort
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Mendoza, Argentina

Natural Bridge
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Mendoza, Argentina

Mt Aconcagua
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Salta, Argentina

Inca Road, Inca´s used water on rocks to make mirror´s to make road perfectly staight. When Spanish arrived they didn´t have the technology to do the same.


2nd May 2007

shiver me timbers....
YOU GOT SOME 'NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC' PHOTOGRAPHY GOIN ON.... HAPPY TRAVELS GUYS......seb :0)

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