El Bolson and Bariloche
Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
117Trip End Ongoing
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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.