Little Switzerland (or maybe Big Switzerland)
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
49Trip End Dec 16, 2008
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Bariloche is Argentina's premier ski destination and one of the prettiest places I've ever seen. It feels a lot like Switzerland - surrounded by the imposingly jagged and snow capped Andes, pine forests, and alpine lakes. National Geographic rated Bariloche in the top 10 most scenic places in the world, and I would have to agree!
They were still running the Gondola - so I suggested we rent snow shoes, take the gondola to the top, and snowshoe summit to summit... but he talked me into doing it the "authentic" way and climbing all the way to the top. This is something I would never have considered back home. Hike to the top of a ski hill? Why would anyone do that? Somehow it seemed like a good idea so we set off to climb the ski hill, while all the Gondola riders looked down in amazement at our tenacity (foolishness?)
We had a beer, enjoyed the scenery, and watched an entire bus-load of high school kids from Buenos Aires experience snow for the first time in their lives.
Next up: Paybacks on my prior whitewater rafting trip, flying through the trees at obnoxious speeds, and trying not to hit cows in my first Argentine rental car experience.
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