Bariloche: Take II

Trip Start Dec 22, 2009
Trip End May 09, 2010

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Flag of Argentina  , Neuquén,
Monday, April 12, 2010

After our adventure up Ruta 40, we again landed in Bariloche.  This time we had a plan to rent a car with Matt and Emma and explore a bit more of the lakes district.  This turned out to be a great plan.  With a car we were about to drive the Seven Lakes route and explore some back areas of the region.  We drove up to San Martin de los Andes, which is a perfect little town right on a lake and between two mountains.  From there we went into Parque National Volcan Lanin, right on the Chilean border.  We really wanted to see the mature forests of Monkey Puzzle trees in the area, which were great.  The gorgeous volcano and lake were happy surprises.

Also a happy surprise was the discovery that the lakes district in April is the low season.  The weather was great, but itīs between the summer crowds and the winter skiing meaning the accommodations were very inexpensive and we were able to get some great deals.

In addition, the car trip lead us to formulate a theory:  in Argentina, the amount of toilet paper in an area is directly proportional to the natural beauty of the site.  If you see fluttering toilet paper, pull over.  Itīs bound to be lovely views.
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