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


¨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

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » Viedma May 8th 2011

We have left the busy City of BA behind us, having received our certificates on Friday to confirm our 80 hours Spanish completed! We went out for a meal to celebrate on Friday night with Eric and Claudia, our classmates of 4 weeks (we were the only 4 left from the original 8!!). Finally had the Argentinian Steak I've been waiting for - it was amazing and washed down with a very tasty Argentinian Malbec! We left Elsa just after 7.15 to hail a cab (after having a last happy hour at our bar of course!) and got to the bus station just after 7.30pm ready to board our double decker for Viedma. We had paid a bit extra (approx £50 each) to get the fully reclining seats. There were 9 of them on the ground ... read more
Muriel presents us with our certificates
the class of 2011
Wendy in the classroom

Our journey into Argentina began much as any other (journey, that is, neither of us having been there before) – a long walk to a quiet bus stop in the cold grey light of a Chilean dawn. Even I was cold, but not as cold, perhaps, as the shivering puppy curled up in a plant pot at the terminal. I suspect the drive up through the Lakes District to the border was beautiful. Not sure though – we were both asleep for a lot of it. Once we started to hit the mountains though, we were wide awake. The landscape changed as the rolling hills of Los Lagos started to give way to more mountainous terrain. We were once again crossing the Andes, and it was spectacular. Glistening blue lakes flanked by wooded slopes, leaves turning ... read more
hedging your bets, Bariloche
Lago Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche
Lago Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche

South America » Argentina » Río Negro » El Bolsón April 24th 2011

´Reko´ is a Mapuche word meaning ´clear water´, and it is the name of my home for the next month. I arrive after a jolting taxi ride along stone tracks to find a nine year old boy brandishing a saw blade - enter Apollo, a mini overlord with the intelligence and audacity to preside over all volunteers that enter his home. His father and uncle, Gerardo and Gabriel, ten years ago exchanged their Buenos Aires existences for a life of clothes manufacturing in India and bio-construction in Patagonia. The current project is the taller; sitting in the shadows of the Andes, where leaves on every mountainside are now turning from green to an almost blood red, this ark like structure will eventually be used for the manufacturing of solar instruments. The roof is midway through its ... read more

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