Blogs from Río Negro, Argentina, South America - page 12


After a lonesome week in southern Patagonia, witnessed the desolated, deserted cold town in the far South and the only movable glacier in the world, however, the northern part of Patagonia seems polluted, commercial, busy, crowded, but warmer part of Argentina - San Carlos de Bariloche, usually known as Bariloche, the famous spots in Central Argentina, bordering with Chilean Patagonia, and its surrounding is also one of the most spectacular regions in Argentina. To be honest, getting to Bariloche is never cheap, especially when we flying from the south. First of all we had to fly back north to Buenos Aires and change another plane down to south again, it's wasting time and money but as Argentina is very long and narrow, getting anywhere within the country is always involves airplanes, and always up and down ... read more
Villa La Angostura
Villa La Angostura
Black Galcier - Formed By Lava

Bariloche, a place of fond memories, for my brain and for my tastebuds! Just a warning, don't go to Bariloche if you are dieting, the food is just too good. Also, consider giving up being vegetarian for the sake of Alberto's steak restaurant! It really is a gastronomic town, if such thing exists! Set in front of the big, beautiful Nahuel Huapi lake, and surrounded by mountains, Bariloche is not very big but it is a lovely town and a popular base for skiers. I visited during winter, but I am sure it would be equally pleasant in summertime. Bariloche is a great place from which to take the drive round the seven lakes between San Carlos de Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes (see next blog) and is also close to other peaks with ... read more
The best steak I have ever eaten!
Famous chocolate shop

This blog is about our adventures with Argentinian buses! We had bought a ticket from El Calafate to Bariloche further North; a very long journey, which we naively thought would be on one bus...but no, it was on three buses! The first of which left at something like four in the morning! We slept little on this short three hour journey to Rio Galleos, even further south than we were in El Calafate. We then had to transfer to a more comfortable bus for the journey from Rio Galleos to Comodoro the next day. This was the bus that broke down....and we were stuck...for seven hours! It was cold outside, and because we were in a very random small town, there was not too much in the way of fixing a broken bus. The local mechanic ... read more

¨Casa completo!" All the passengers on our bus are playing a random game of bingo. Neither of us come close to a full house, so don´t get to test whether the victory cry translates literally. But the game´s a fun way of trying to perfect our spanish numbers, and a welcome distraction on our latest epic journey. We also get through 5 or 6 movies which, for a change, are all in English with Spanish subtitles. Bonus. It takes us 36 hours to travel North from from Patagonia up to the Lake District of Argentina, and we arrive at our destination of San Carlos de Bariloche at 10.30pm. Bariloche is a ski resort town that sits among the beautiful lagos of the Lake District, and we´re here primarily for the snowboarding. Travellers and guide books have ... read more
Partial views
360 view
360 view 2

Bariloche is a wonderful area with huge lakes, mountains and forests! Unfortunately I experienced the puyehue vulcano break out. Scary moments, but I am fine now.... read more
Glaciar y lengas
Bajando a Lago Desierto

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón May 29th 2011

After an interesting week hitch-hiking etc we got back on the tourist trail and went to El Bolson, a small hippy town in the argentine lake district (much more impressive than the English one!). Spent a couple of days hiking to some beauty spots, which were pretty much deserted apart from us (we even saw a pudu- a very small, rare deer) , drinking local beer and eating great steak! From there we went up to Bariloche, the main city in the region. It is just a short bus ride to the national park and we climbed a hill to see a great view of the three big lakes there, the city and the andes in the background. We were also here for the weekend, so on saturday we had a night out in the town, ... read more

Ok, so we left El Calafate and 29 hours later (yes, 29!!!) we arrived in Bariloche! We have decided that is too long to be on a bus and will try to keep our journeys slightly shorter if we can! Once again we arrived in the dark but awoke to stunning views over lake and snow capped mountains! We are in a shared dorm again but had it to ourselves the first two nights (now have an English guy and an Argentinian chap in with us. The English guy is the same one that we shared a dorm with in El Calafate....small world with us travellers!) We had arranged to meet Claudia (our school mate from BA who is now studying here) so had a wander beforehand - it was VERY windy, so we both bought ... read more
The lake
ok, so I warned you they were cheap and  cheerful hats
summer day in Glasgow

Thursday 14th April - Thursday 21st April We arrived in Esquel at 6.30am after the overnight bus trip from Puerto Madryn and headed straight to our hostel. After ringing the doorbell numerous times, and shivering in the dark and cold, we were reluctantly let in, shown to our dorm and asked to check in with our passports at 7am…. more like 9.30am after a couple of hours extra kip – beds are much more comfortable than buses! On receiving our “introduction to Esquel” from the hostel owner at check in, it became apparent that there was little to do in and about town and that the next bus to Parque Nacional Los Alerces, which we were keen to visit, didn’t leave until Monday (not great with it being a Thursday). However, all was not lost as ... read more
Nahuel Pan, Argentina
El Bolson, Argentina
El Bolson, Argentina

The first thing I noticed in Argentina was how much of the language I could understand. Here the accents are one hundred times better than in Chile. Seemingly overnight I have become nearly fluent. Yes, I am still far from mastering the verbal part of the language, but now I can understand almost everything that is directed my way. This only boosts my confidence. In putting a new langauge to practice confidence is often half the struggle. The bus ride over the Andes Mountains to Bariloche was not what I had expected. We did not go on any trechorous switch backs through snow covered mountains. Regardless, it was still a good ride. Most people would dread the fact that nearly every other day they have to get on a bus ride ranging from three to twenty ... read more

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