Cholocate Capital of South America
27.03.2007 - 30.03.2007 23 °C
We arrived in Bariloche on an overnight bus from Peninsula Valdes on 27 March after 13 hours on a ridiculously comfy bus. The 1st class seats recline close to 160 degrees plus you get food and a DVD in english. Unfortunately, and not the bus companies fault, the movie Firewall starring Harrison Ford and Paul Bettany was somewhat less inspiring than the bus. CRAP comes to mind.....
We arrived fresh the next morning to be greeted by a 500 meter steep hill to our hostel with 20kg back packs and 5 kg of hand luggage. We made it but it was pretty tiring after a night on a bus!.
The town is like a little bit of Switzerland in the Andes. The town is surrounded by low Andean mountains and a beautiful lake with too many chocolate and outdoor clothing shops.
In the main square there were a couple of huge St Bernard dogs adding a little bit of extra Swiss character to the place.
The temperature is great ranging from 14-26oC most days with perfect cloudless skies all day.
Tomorrow, we are heading to the Llao Llao Hotel 25km by bus in the Andes to have afternoon tea on a lake. A splurge item that Alli is pleased to do. It comes highly recommended in Lonely Planet as a must do just for the bus ride and scenery. The limitless supply of cakes and sweet pastries is also an added bonus...... If that tickles your fancy.....
On Friday 30th March we will be getting a bus back into Chile to the river town of Valdivia (another must according to the Lonely Liar) before embarking on Santiago a couple or so days later. A point that will mark 50% into our trip.