Blogs from San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina, South America - page 4


After 43 hours on the road, we have made it to Bariloche and the Hostel Patanuk. I have attached a photo to this post that is taken from the common/dining room of the can see it was worth the journey. We landed at Buneos Aires around 7:15 this morning and, after it took a pretty easy hour to clear immigration and customs we were me by Maurio who was to drive us from the international airport to the domestic airport for our next flight. I can see why they recommed 4 hours for this transfer of airports as the road from one to the other goes right through the middle of this giant city of over 7 million. John kept up a friendly banter with Maurio IN SPANISH. Who knew? Maurio was very encouraging of ... read more

So, we are off. Sort of. We are now in Miami and, courtesy of American Airlines being early on the flights from CMH to ORD and ORD to MIA, we have the full and total seven hour layover experience. It was made a bit easier by the lunch Marcia packed and we did some serious people watching....John said it was like being in LA again except the beautiful people here have found the color wheel to add to the always fashionable black. Oh, here is a shot of John killing time... When it started to rain here, actually a downpour with thunderstorms predicted for later tonight, John decided to burn off some energy ....... read more

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
Looking down on Llao LLao
Llao Llao hotel

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
Breakfast room

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

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
Looking up to Cerro Otto

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

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