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Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
Trip End May 07, 2008

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Eight of us from the Navimag crew headed to this little mini mock Switzerland town on one of the great lakes of the lake district in Patagonia.  Its in Argentina so another border crossing which was pretty fast but weird they way they have it set up.  The bus journey into Bariloche is just beautiful, the roadside is sprayed with yellow flowers that look like the gorse bush at home and purple flowers that i cant remember the name of that we have at home too.  The roads are high up so you get a great view of the lakes and the scenery and cute wooden houses with private jettys for their boats. 
Bariloche is a choctastic heaven where the rivers flow of chocolate creaminess and the houses are made of chocolate bricks! Ye right!  Maybe not but jeez there are alot of giant chocolate shops on every street and Bariloche is renound for its chocolate and ice cream.  Theres a smell of melting chocolate all over the town.  Most of the buildings around the main streets are wooden and very cute and they have them all decked out in the Christmas gear and on the main square there are cute little St. Bernard dogs.  Its the first place we{ve been to that has looked remotely Christmassy. 
The first night the gang of us went for drinks and dinner and nearly everyone stocked up on the Argentinian gi-normous steaks.  We were only in Chile for a week and everyone had withdrawel symptoms for the Argentinian steaks! Except Lou! Next day four of the gang headed off to El Bolson a hippy down further south but we hung around to check out the town.  We booked a canopy trip for the next day too.  For those who dont know its being strapped to a wire and kinda zipping through the forest high up in the trees.  Pretty good fun if a bit too easy.  We also got a bit ripped off as we didnt get to slide on too many wires as other people did for the price we paid.  Also the wind was supposedly a bit high so we had to trek back up to the first line and do that again which was a bit daft.  Abseiled down the tree though too.  Overall a bit too easy and not enough to call itself an extreme sport! So dont go with Adventure Tours up off the main street. 
Later at dinner we got this cool fondue.  You get a plate of raw steak and chicken and you cook it yourself in the stock soup in the fondue pot, great fun! The potatoe gratin was to die for also.  We declined the chocolate fondue however! No seats left on the direct bus to Pucon so we had a lazy day chilling in the town and going for walks to wait on our bus to San Martin.  The weather had changed dramatically as is the norm for Patagonia too so they cancel things like parapuenting which we had our hearts set on doing there and the chair lifts to the mirador up the mountain.  All in all Bariloche was a nice place and Id say its absolutley gorgous in July/August for the ski season.  Off to San Martin via the seven lakes.....
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