The Most Isolated Part of Chile
Trip Start Sep 27, 2005
23Trip End Mar 07, 2006
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In Bariloche Jen, Jack, Andrea and I went for a fondue lunch. The restaurant did three types of fondue, cheese, meat and chocolate. We tried the cheese and the meat ones. The cheese was the usual dip your bread into the cheese and eat. It was very nice. The meat one involved a small cauldron of hot oil that you dipped your meat into until it was cooked to your taste and then eaten. That was really nice and by the time we were finished we were all stuffed
The next day 4 of us decided to go and play golf. Anthony, Adam, Mike and I went to the golf course and only the conversation went,
Adam: "WeŽd like to play golf"
Adam:" Why not?"
Pro: "Because the course is closed."
So we went to the 19th hole and played pool and had a couple of beers overlooking one of the nicest looking courses IŽve ever seen.
From Bariloche we went back into Chile to travel down the Carretera Austral. This is a road that travels through a province that you cannot drive to from the rest of Chile. The only way to get to it is via a ferry or from Argentina. It travels through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Andes. The mountains are much lower here than further north and there are lots of lakes between them. The first place we went to was called Futaleufu. This was a bit of a shock for us as the shops there had almost no food and Rachel, our tour leader, had to rush around town trying to find sufficient food for the next few days. When we got to the campsite she found out that they could cook a couple of lambs for us the next day if we wanted so the next day after people had been white water rafting, horse riding or hiking we had barbecued lamb
From there we headed further south to visit the Ventisquero Colgante, or the Hanging Glacier. This is a glacier sits in a hanging valley between two mountains. Most of the group hiked for an hour up the side of the valley to get a better view of the glacier and from here we could see and hear lumps of ice breaking off the glacier and falling down the cliff to crash on the rocks below. It was very spectacular and we also had the pleasure of camping within sight of the glacier and waking up to its beauty.
From here we head back to Argentina to see another glacier!