Chillin' in El Bolsón

Trip Start Feb 02, 2006
Trip End Feb 19, 2006

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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Monday, February 13, 2006

Ok... Here's what you missed this weekend:
Saturday afternoon, we took a two hour bus ride to a small town called El Bolsón. Bariloche is actually a very expensive (relatively speaking, from an Argentinian perspective) touristic town (complete with St-Bernard dog photo opportunities - for a fee, of course). If you want to escape the rich lifestyle of Bariloche and join the many students and mountain trekkers travelling on a dime, you best catch a bus out to El Bolsón... The bus ride offered us fantastic views as we travelled down the winding road in and around the Andes... Deeper into the wild... El Bolsón sort of looks like a tiny Mexican town in the middle of the Alps. =) It is more authentic Argentinian architecture and not nearly as rich as Bariloche. Our new hostel, the El Pueblito (small village) is the only Hosteling International hostel in town and it is literally a VERY rustic log cabin a few kilometres away from town, next to a clear and quite fresh river... We really like it here, it is a nice change from the big busy touristy locations. It's almost like being at the cottage, except you are surrounded by 20-40 other travellers of all nationalities.
Saturday night, Fred and I caved into some local delicacies and had a very expensive (Argentinean-wise) supper at a small restaurant that was recommended by our guide books. We had some good Argentinian red wine, local beer, fried octopus rings, freshly smoked lake trout, raspberry stuffed rabbit and spaghetti. It was delicious. Not long after, we left for the main reason we came to the El Bolsón: la fiesta de musica electronica!!! This weekend is the third instalment of the Moonbow psytrance festival. The music was very trancy and technoish, the decoration was as good if not better than the outdoor parties back home and the crowd was dancing and smiling the whole time. The dance floor was next to a river in a small camping site about 20 minutes from El Bolsón. We had a great time with our Spanish speaking Argentine, Chilian and Israeli electronic music fans. However, one night will suffice for us since it is hard to find water there and since it is so far from the only place we can buy any and find reasonably priced food.
We slept most of the day yesterday and had a short 40 minute walk into town with some French travellers we met at our hostel. It turns out that French people apparently quite enjoy Québec culture and people. We also went shopping for some steaks, wine, fruit and vegetables and had ourselves our first home cooked meal with our French friends. Today, we are going to set out on a short excursion to some fresh water falls in one of the surrounding national parks... I want to fly (tandem of course) the Andes tomorrow in a paragliding tandem tour...
Till next time!!!
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