Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
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Patanuk Hostel
1004 Penthouse

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

On the advice of numerous other travellers, we headed to Patagonia from Buenos Aires. The most northerly part mind you, but chilly enough to get the idea! Patanuk Hostel is right on the lake and we realised pretty early on, the sunsets are spectacular in Bariloche.
The town was 106 years old on May 4th, so there was a parade. Really weird and really long, fizzling out to a few horses trotting to the main square..weīve seen a few bad Patrickīs Day parades our time, but this was worse, in a strangly enjoyable way! 
On the second night of our stay at Patanuk Hostel, we were invited to a home cooked dinner with the owners Sylvia, Inocki and some of their local friends. Our pigeon Spanish became more fluid as wine was poured!
When we retired to the bar beneath the Hostel, I ordered the local drink, Fernet with Coke (Italian in origin, but the Argentinians have taken to it in a big way), tastes like cough medicine and Dr. pepper in one. Itīs an aperatif, but was served to me in a pint glass. Rough. Michael finished it for me..
Early the next morning we set off to Mount Tronador and Alerces Waterfall with an organised tour. Mr. Grech was not well and cursed fernet at the back of the bus. The tour however, was really good! It lasted a day and involved three treks.
On the bus, there was lots of info by the guide about flora and fauna..zzz, lots more about birds..zzzz.
"Any questions?".
"Yes, Has anyone got a panadol for Grechy?".
 On the last trek we got to see the glacier, Ventisquero Negro which decends from the top of the Mountain. Really cool. The Panadol eventually kicked in, and we headed back to Bariloche.
Next day, we checked out of Patanuk Hostel as the owners were going on holidays and checked into Penthouse 1004. Itīs basically a Hostel on the 10th floor of a building in the town centre.
Full of Americans and English and if you donīt have a laptop, you may aswell stay in your room. There was a guy (laptop guy weīll call him) yesterday going around the hostel with a webcam attached to a monitor showing the family at home around. What the....?!
With Michael back to his old-self on Tuesday, we went to Mount Cathedral, the biggest ski resort in the Southern hemisphere. As itīs Autumn, thereīs no snow. So everyone in the town is preparing for the upcoming winter season. There was a Policeman even out on the roof of the station painting!
We took a ski lift as far as it would go, and then hiked up to look across at Mt. Tronador, which was covered in snow.
 When we came back down, laptop guy was asking one of the workers on the skilifts, if it was cold at the top of the mountain.
"Always", was the reply.
And with that, he turned on his heel and headed back to his laptop at 1004.
We on the other hand, had much more important things to do, like visit the chocolate museum, which was..well, sweet!
Did a day bike tour of the area west of Bariloche called Llaou Llaou. So difficult...I thought i was going to die everytime we went uphill. Eventually, we made it to the famous expensive hotel in the area for a tour we had booked in for at 3pm. It was in Spanish, but we didnīt care, it was a break from the wheels. No pictures - we didnīt look pretty!
Upgraded to four wheels the following day by renting a car and travelled around many of the lakes outside Bariloche. There are seven lakes which are famous, we visited five, but donīt think they were all belonging to the seven lakes, still following me?!
Meanwhile in Bariloche, it was raining Ash. It was being carried over the mountains from the Volcano in Chile. So the town looked like it was covered in snow but far from it...chewing grit, we were. The ash resulted in the cancellation of all flights from Bariloche, we were due to get a flight to Buenos Aires and then another from there to Cordoba. In the end we decided to get a bus straight to Cordoba. 22 hours. I was willing to pay anything to see Michael sit for that long - he did and you know, it wasnīt all that bad! 
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aldo on

Hi I am looking at going there late december, i accomodation very hard to find??

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