El Bolson and Bariloche

Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Brief stop in the low-key town of El Bolson, notable for the packs of very cute, but bored stray dogs wandering the streets trying to maul passing cars. As attested by the numerous doggy limps, they usually come off second best.

We were escorted by 5 of them on a 12km round trip to the Cabeza del Indio. We made a futile attempt to train them not to attack passing cars and to stop barking excessively, but in the end, we just enjoyed their company! A pleasant enough walk through beautiful country with deep valleys, and the head of the indian actually did look like a head - see photo to judge for yourself.

And to the local we met looking for his wife´s dentures on the path, we hope you found them.

Had some home-made (artesanal) wild-mushroom ravioli and caneloni in a local restaurant, our first taste of the incredibe italian-style food served in Argentina.

Bariloche was windy and sunny. We only spent an afternoon here, a strategic decision to avoid a place that many travellers had told us was pretty, but touristy, with too many 20-something spanish students (do we sound old?). Also, our first encounter with a maletero, strong evidence that we were on the well-trodden tourist route. These guys are tolerated by the local bus companies and basically handle luggage for tips. We responded to his rude demand for a "propina" with "POR FAVOR?!". (By the way, we have no probem tipping people for good, pleasant service.)

Not sure whether we would actually recommend either town in high-season, but in low-season both seemed laid-back.
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