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... of exchange is much higher. Currently something like $14.50 for $1 U.S. So $100 would get you $1450 pesos- 64% more! Here is an interesting link with a brief explanation of the Blue Rate.
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/ jan/24/argentina-peso-devaluation-blue- dollar-tourism
Even though it is technically illegal, it appears to be tolerated as no one hides what they are doing.
We arrived back at the apartment, and I ...
... Derek might hit him but he was restrained and just quietly declined. Later he muttered, 'I was probably a lot fitter than he was!!'
We left 40 minutes late, not too bad but just out of 'on time' range for LAN.
After the usual long wait for our luggage and an extra X-ray checking for apples, we were met by Natalya and driven to our lodge. Instead of the expected Switzerland we saw dry desert-like landscape with jerry built houses for poor workers. A 3 km ...
... but everything is totally full. Eventually at about 11.30 pm we find a hotel that has space, and it is not even that much more expensive. Just to be sure we only pay for one night. And thank god we did. The hotel is full of teenagers on some sort of school trip. It gets quite noisy and we can't sleep. At about 1 am Femi asks people in the hallway if they could keep the noise down. It turns out they were not the kids, but their teachers.
... slow progress as we left the town and joined the main road to Bariloche, but not because of the snowy conditions. A Chilean driver, in front of the bus, was going incredibly slow and really annoying the bus driver. The Chilean driver would speed up the straights and slow right down on the bends (like bad Kiwi drivers) making it difficult to overtake. Eventually the bus managed to overtake and the driver very animatedly took the **** out of the Chilean's ...
... bare rock and then topped off with a snowy point. With the fishing lines fed out, suitable refreshment in our hands, you really wouldn't want to be anywhere else: eat your heart out West Indies. I get to use my new travel rod - a very snappy (well, not literally) six piece number that breaks down small enough to fit in a middle aged backpackers rucksack.
We adjourned to a lovely beach, only accessible by boat, for a picnic in the sunlight. Not a soul around. Then ...