(Day 77 – 80)
06.02.2010 - 09.02.2010 14 °C
Bariloche (full name: San Carlos de Bariloche) is the best place to be based to explore Argentina’s Lake District. It is situated on a huge, beautiful lake and surrounded with thick forest. Despite its location on the lake, the town itself is nothing amazing, but we were (and should not have been!) comparing to its neighbour: Chile’s Pucon, with its charming log cabins versus the many normal looking buildings here!
The weather didn’t help in changing our opinion as we only had two full days here and unfortunately it was rainy, cold and windy for most of our stay.
We did however, stay in a very cosy hostel on the 10th floor of an apartment block with some excellent views of the town right on the waters edge with the islands in the distance. Our first night was a sort of “Get-together” night at the hostel where we could all bring some drinks & snacks and get an opportunity to mingle with other travellers. We met and had a very nice evening with 2 couples, Jerome & Sonia (French), and Nathalie & Pablo (French & Spanish) – we all ended up dancing in the lounge, it was good fun.
The next day Martin and I took a bus to one of the many viewpoints outside of the town overlooking some lakes. It was raining and windy which was a real shame but we braved it and took a chairlift to the top of the hill “Cerra Companario”. From up there you can see how beautiful and breath-taking this area must be when the sun is shining but the wind was so strong that we quickly ducked in for a well-earned hot chocolate and took in the scenery - from inside!
That night we met up with Kate (from our Antarctica trip) and her lovely Canadian friend Emily, who had just arrived and stayed at the same hostel. Although South America is very large, there is a fairly well “marked” traveller’s route; which means bumping into people you have met a few towns ago isn’t that uncommon as we head in more or less the same direction. In this case we had planned this and it’s lovely to be able to meet up again.
We decided to hire a car for the next day and drove around the many lakes. Another windy, rainy day but still a very pleasant one that ended with the most amazing meal with a HUGE steak for dinner!
We said goodbye to the girls the next morning, and headed off to Buenos Aires for 5 days. Our paths will cross again in Iguazu the following week.