Like a little bit of Switzerland
Realized that I haven´t posted any updates lately to the blog, so this will be a catch up message.
I continued traveling south through Argentina. Visited Cordoba & Mendoza each for several days. Great cities with lots of nightlife and good food.
Decided to journey to San Carlos de Bariloche in Patagonia for some spring snow skiing, remember opposite seasons in the southern hemisphere. The journey to Bariloche is 20+ hours on a bus. I decided to break it up over a couple of days, at least that was the theory.
My first stop was going to be San Rafael four hours south of Mendoza. Got off the bus at 3pm, looked around town and decided to keep going. It was an ok town but I couldn´t see myself staying for a full day. Hauled my stuff back to the bus station and got a ticket on a night bus to Neuquen, 8 hours further down the road. Figured I would stay there for a night before continuing on.
I was still waking up when we pulled into the bus station around 6am. Got off, collected my stuff and watched the bus pull out. It was then I realized I was NOT in Neuquen. Oh crap!
Nothing was open yet in the bus station, but did find a janitor. He was somewhat amused when I asked what town I was currently in, Cipoliette about an hour from Neuquen. Double Crap!!
I´m getting pretty good at rolling with the changes while traveling, so I sat down on a bench to sort things out. About ten minutes later a bus pulled into the station. Guess where it was heading...Bariloche. I took that as a sign from my guardian traveling angel. Bought a ticket from the driver, tossed my stuff on board and headed out for another eight hour journey.
So 30 hours later, I finally made it to Bariloche. I was sure to ask what city is this before getting off. It took about 10 extra hours than a direct bus, although I does make for a better story than just spending 20 hours on a bus ride.
Bariloche is like a little bit of Switzerland crossed with Lake Tahoe, California. Lots of lakes everywhere. This is known as the Lake District of Patagonia for that reason. Great food, fun people and great chocolate shops (lots of them)! I may end up coming back from traveling heavier then when I left. Originally going to stay only four days but will end up staying at least ten days before moving on. Lots to see and do in this picturesque spot. Been spending my days hiking, snow skiing and relaxing. I even went mountain bike riding and managed to not fall off!
No pictures to post yet of Bariloche but I did upload some photos to my website under the Bolivia Gallery. You can click here to look:
Next up Puerto Montt, Chile and a ferry ride through the fjords to Puerto Natales.
The Road Goes on Forever......