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One Week in Bariloche

Monday, May 2, 2011

Last Sunday we rode a bus from Buenos Aires to Bariloche. 20 hours, on seats that recline fully, with basic meals and drinks provided.  It’s pretty nice as far as modes of transport go.  A little bumpier than a train, more room than a coach seat on an airplane; the biggest downside is the time involved.  I’m writing this on the bus back to Buenos Aires.  Another long journey; at least this time I know what to expect from the ride and the destination.

On the bus

View of La Pampa from the bus

One week in Bariloche, a city at the base of the Andes, surrounded by lakes and mountains:

Day 1: Checked in, acclimated to the town, walked around and took in the funny mix of ski town meets South America.   Marveled at the amount of chocolate and ice cream shops.

Bariloche main plaza, with sculptures

Bariloche Chocolate Shops & Cafes

Day 2:  Rented bikes & rode the Circuito Chico, a scenic route up down and around some of the lakes here, passing by the famous hotel Llao Llao, with fantastic views throughout.  It was tougher than described.  When we asked several locals if the ride was hard they all responded about the same, “It might be, I don’t know how fit you are but it’s not too bad for me.”  Well, I’m pretty good with biking up hills, and it’s definitely a workout for someone who’s fit, and a challenge for anyone who’s not as accustomed.  It was 33 km in total, and despite the difficulty, a great way to enjoy the scenery.  (The pic in the previous post was from this day.)

The team on the ride

Day 3: A bit rainy, so our travel companions Milly & Herb went into town with me while Seth worked.  There were many chocolate and ice cream shops that needed to be tried.  We checked out the Patagonian museum, a small building with some interesting exhibits on native Americans, early colonizers and local animals.

Days 4-7 to come tomorrow!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. manfred wellington permalink
    Tuesday, May 3, 2011 8:04 am

    wow, looks good guys.

  2. Tuesday, May 3, 2011 8:14 am

    Bariloche is a cool place indeed. Here is some more photos of San Carlos de Bariloche

  3. Friday, May 6, 2011 6:23 pm

    I can’t get over the rich color in the bike photo… stunning light…
    ~S

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