No Sledging Allowed...

Trip Start Jun 16, 2007
Trip End Nov 13, 2007

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Tuesday 4th September - Friday 7th September

Had heard lots of great things about Bariloche in the Argentinian lake district and were really looking forward to visiting it ourselves, especially as we had enjoyed Pucon in the Chilean lake district so much.  Bus up and over the Andes from Chile to Argentina (once again!) was through blizzard conditions with snow on either side of the road higher than the bus itself - snow ploughs working hard!  Somehow made it through and a very slow border control - even the sniffer dog fell asleep! 

Arrived in Bariloche about 8 hours later to torrential icy rain.  Took a taxi to town and then staggered round in the horrendous weather to try and find a hostel.  Despite it being the end of the ski season, all the hostels we tried were full.  Found one room in dingy hostel and as it was already 6pm, we decided to take it for now and went out for a delicious meal of steak in "Alberto´s Parilla" that we had heard about from everyone throughout our trip.  The reputation withstood and we watched the chef cook on the bbq in the middle of the restaurant as we ate - hacking up carcassess with a machette, covering with lots of salt, and then onto the grill! (Osborne, you would be proud of our new addiction to rare steak!)  Later found a much nicer hostel on the lake shore and booked in for 3 nights. 
01 Our hostel on the lakeshore....
Weather was pretty bad in Bariloche throughout our stay, and all ´non ski´activities were rained off.  Debated trying a day´s skiing but decided to eat chocolate in the many choclate shops/cafes instead! Barilcohe had more choclate shops than anything else. 

Really wanted to enjoy the snow though and so took a cable car up one of the mountains where there was a restaurant at the top with panaromic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes, sledging runs and even Husky rides.  As we approached the top, we hit the fog.  Couldn´t see a thing from the panaromic restuarant - might as well have been in a basement!  Gutted to find sledging runs closed because of too much snow, and was obviously the huskies´ day off ! Had a coffee and a ham and cheese sandwich (the national dish) and headed back to the rain in Barilcohe, and booked our next week in patagonia.   
02 Great views from panoramic restuarant.......03 The sledging run...................04 No sledging allowed.........
Bariloche is set on a lovely lake with mountains surrounding it, but as we aren´t skiing fantatics and it rained nonstop, I don´t think we saw the best of it......!
05 Leaving Bariloche..........
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