Far out!

Trip Start Dec 08, 2009
Trip End Jul 17, 2010

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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

All i can say is that we had never seen so many dreadlocks all in one place when we arrived in El Bolson!!! Its a 1970s revival place almost trapped in a time warp but very lovely.  Imagine lots of people sat in a main sqaure chanting ´this is a no nuclear zone!!´  Apparently this is what they were staying in spanish!

El Bolson is located 120km south of Bariloche, so it was only a 2 and a half hour bus journey.  The town itself is surrounded by dramatically jagged mountain peaks.  Further north of the town its a lot colder (like Bariloche) but because of the mountains surrounding El Bolson it has its own micro climate.

We arrived lated evening and the local artesan market was in full flow with lots of love music playing so we did the best thing possible which was to find the nearest pub and grab some grub! Still not very fluent in Spanish i managed to persuade Ash to have a milanese which i told him was a hamburger with the works.  You should have seen his face when he got what can be best described as a schnitzel (breaded flattened piece of pork) with the smallest peice of lettuce youve ever seen!!! (He wasnt very happy with me!!).

Our Spanish is improving (although very slowly!), i can now ask where the toilets are and book bus tickets and Ash can now ask for ´large´ beers rather than just a regular beer! Even though we cant speak the language its amazing how much you can understand when people are talking to you in spanish!

We were only meant to stay in El Bolson for two nights but for reasons of the next available bus and really loving the place we stayed for 4 nights. We stayed at the Pehuenia Hospedaje (a family run hostel) and we could not get over how welcoming and hospital the owners were - Vale and Claudio.  The hostel itself wasnt too much to write home about (very chintzy round the edges!) but they were so chatty and gave us so much information on where to go and what to see.

We did an amazing walk up to Cabeza del Indio and had amazing views over El Bolson and the surrounding mountains (have a look at the attached pictures).  The walk was quite easy but we have never been so dusty in our lives, every time a car drove past (at high speed) we got covered!!  There were quite a few steep edges which i decided not to get too close to but as you can see Ash was more adventurous!

We met some lovely people at this hostel too - Jackie and Martin (the Ozzies!) who gave us so much information on Oz (Ash cannot wait to get surfing!!) and Larry and Tina (who we met in Ancud) - its amazing how often you keep on bumping into people!!!  
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