Parque Nacional Los Alerces to Trevelin
Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
162Trip End Dec 18, 2011
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Without a definite plan we drove to Esquel to book rafting for the next day. Again because it is just before peak season there are not enough people in town yet so we couldn’t book rafting either! Not going to well for us thus far! The main problem is that most tourists (including high season) are travelling by bus or plane and are on short holidays so they bypass the whole central Patagonia area, instead going straight from El Chalten to Bariloche
So with plan 2 out of the window too we did what any normal people would do – drove to Trevelin, the Welsh settlement in inland Patagonia – and ate lots and lots of cake. A traditional afternoon tea apparently, although the lack of clotted cream ruined it somewhat for me. It was nice enough though and Kevin entertained himself later on by buying a huge wooden spoon. Don’t ask. Other than that Trevelin doesn’t have too much to offer except for a lovely museum run by the granddaughter of John Evans, one of the founders of Trevelin. It was a bit dicey to start with as once she found out I was English she seriously thought about throwing me out of the house but once I explained that my Dad’s Scottish she seemed ok!! She was a fantastic animated lady and pretty much danced around the place to make sure we understand her Spanish as she explained the history behind the town and the house.