Bariloche - Pretty Patagonia

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Our first impression of Bariloche was the total lack of taxis - all the posh tourists are stuck on the local bus from the airport with us. Our second impression is that our pilot has missed target and landed in Switzerland such is the profusion of snowy mountains, lakes, log cabins and interestingly, cuckoo clocks.
Bariloche has that distinct holiday town feel. By winter it is a ski resort, by summer a base for trekking. Right now it is supposed to be spring, but the weather is unseasonally bad and we are treated to constant drizzle. Our first morning we set out enthusiastically on a 3 hour trek to a hidden lake (how bad can a bit of rain be?), returning early afternoon completely soaked through and decidedly less enthusiastic (yep, pretty bad). On the positive side, the cold must mean red wine weather, and our hostel has an excellent beer on tap.
But one of the best parts of Bariloche that deserves a mention are the huge supermarket sized shops that sell nothing but.... chocolate!! (ok, so I am a little deprived - chocolate doesn't seem to exist in Peru).
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