Driving the Seven Lakes to Bariloche
Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
87Trip End Dec 29, 2008
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The Argentine Lake District is spectacularly beautiful and, as we drive through the lakes we stop of at each one to get out have a better look and take some photographs. The weather starts off bright and sunny but gradually gets worse. First the rain starts and then the snow. All this when I am still coming to terms with driving on the wrong side of the road. It is not so much driving on the wrong side of the road that gets me, but more the controls being on the wrong side as I continually try to change gear with the window winder!
Even though the road from San Martin to Bariloche is a pretty major road (and one of the most scenic drives in the world), the tarmac quickly runs out and we are soon onto gravel except that, because of the rain and snow, it is now more like mud than gravel
We find a place for lunch and guided by Claudio (the Italian chef) we go for the pasta and chicken in Neapolitana Sauce (Naples is his home town). Isa had already questioned the locals to find the best place in town and when we got there, it was full to busting with people wanting lunch. The reason it was full? - big portions and good food, but this is not enough for Claudio who then orders a (very large) omelet. Why is this man so skinny??
After lunch we continue our journey onwards along the shores of the last and biggest lake, to Bariloche, one of the most visited cities in Argentina. We finally arrive and drive around this very spread out town, trying to find a place to stay for the night
The best of the bunch is in what appears to be, not so much a youth hostel, but more of an old peoples home (think the film Cocoon and you will get the picture). Anyway, this is the first place where we have stayed where we have actually reduced the average age of the guest population.
Isa and Claudio are really nice people and we enjoy their company. It is lovely to meet like minded people.
We unanimously decide that Bariloche is not a place we want to stay for another day, at least not during "student-spring-bankholiday weekend".
We do have a look around the tpwn centre and find that it is designed in the style of Switzerland as Argentinians imagine it to be
After wandering around, we all head off on a 3k hike to find the bus station to sort out some onward tickets to Puerto Madryn which is on the Atlantic coast of Patagonia, in order to see the whales that this area of Patagonia is so well known for.
Bus tickets secured, the next day we deliver the car back to Hertz and catch a local bus out to the cable car for a ride to the top of the mountain which allegedly has spectacular views over the Patagonian lake. The rumours are true. This was one of the most amazing views we have ever witnessed 360 degrees - lakes and woods and the town of Bariloche. Absolutely fantastic and unfortunately, the photos simply do not do it justice! It was the best bit of our Bariloche visit.
This success of this trip was thanks to Isa & Claudio
After lunch at a sort of Argentine cum Chinese buffet restaurant (which was a little strange, but we all managed to eat a vast amount of food regardless), we walk back to the bus station to catch the overnight bus to Puerto Madryn. Yip-pee! Another 14 hours on a bus to look forward to!