Day 15: Valle Encantado
Trip Start Dec 02, 2008
33Trip End Dec 26, 2008
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Wednesday, December 17th
It's an early start today. We are meeting Anna and Gabriel from Wild-Patagonia (www.wild-patagonia.com) for a day of rock climbing, canoeing and flyfishing! It's a multi-sport day and we'll just be spontaneous and see how the day flows. Anna has helped me put together our Lake District itinerary and lodging. Her husband, Gabriel, does multi-day guiding and trekking trips in Patagonia. Gabriel is our Crockadile Dundee of Argentina! We are fortunate that their schedule works out so that we can spend this day together. After the months of planning, it will be fun to spend some time with Anna in person. Harvey expressed an interest in going rock climbing, so we chose this option that Anna and Gabriel offered!
We chose a mid-point to meet, at the junction of 231 and 237. We anticipated that it would take about 20 minutes from Villa La Angostura, but it was actually 55 minutes! Our cell phones come in handy as we connect with Anna and determine that we are not lost, just taking longer than expected! Their car is easy to spot when we get to the junction; first of all, there are no other cars around! Second of all, there is a canoe on the roof. We give each other hugs, then get back into our respective cars. We follow them to our first stop, the "Ampitheatre", which is a promontory overlooking a striking blue river and mountains. The landscape has totally changed from the junction of 231 & 237. Take a look at the photos and you will see trees only along the river, with the bare mountains displaying interesting rocky, craggy formations. Clearly this area gets much less rainfall than the area near Villa La Angostura. It is beautiful in a different way.
I was the photographer for the day, so take a look at the photos and comments written under them to get a feel for this exciting day for Harvey and relaxing day for me (I wasn't the one rock climbing!).
We end the day together at the parilla El Boliche Viejo, on Route 237 near the town of Dina Huapi, northeast of Bariloche. It has lots of atmosphere and delicious grilled meats, a large salad bar and wine. We toast a great day and thank Anna and Gabriel!
Harvey is really tired, but drives us back on the windy Route 231 at night! Now he can add night driving in the mountains to his driving experiences in Argentina!