Sleep in the park?

Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"If you are traveling through Argentina route 40 cannot be missed, the road passes through mountains more than 3,000 meters tall, wide valleys, 20 national parks, many nature reserves, and, of course, an invaluable diversity of cultures marked by beliefs, music and rituals completely different." Thatīs what the guide books say anyway.
In our opinion Route 40 was an absolute disaster. It took 2 days and 4 different buses on a dirt track road, id say we looked out the window three times during the entire trip.

Bariloche is a tourist hot-spot all year round. In the winter it has some excellent ski slopes and in summer people come here to trek the 'Circuito Cerro Catedral', we obviously had no intention in participating in this trek.

We arrived into Bariloche around 10pm in peak season and once again had nowhere booked to stay. Between the hours of 10pm and 2am we tried around 11 hostels and 9 hotels to eventually find space in a 3 star hotel. There were a lot of arguments and pointless walking as all 3 of us wanted to stay in different places. Brian wanted to stay in a hotel, Steve wanted to stay in a cabin and Pa wanted to sleep rough in the park for the night. Pa was sure we would be safe as he had slept in worse places before....

The following day we set off for some sight seeing. First of all we climbed to the top of the Cerro Otto mountain, which has a revolving restaurant on the top and offered excellent views of the seven lakes. After that we booked a bike tour around the lakes. Suddenly Pa realized he had lost his wallet, his automatic assumption was that he had been pick pocketed on the bus ('prime pick pocketing'). Pa canceled his credit card and we continued with our bike tour around the lakes. The circuit was over 45kms and took us about 3.5 hours to complete with some breathtaking scenery.

After cycling for around 4 hours we headed back to the hotel to collect our bags. Low and behold the receptionist handed back Patrick's wallet, he had left it on the desk which wasn't surprising at all.

Later that night, we arrived to our hostel Pa had kindly booked the night before. We were informed he had booked us in for the following night, technology has struck again.
Luckily the hostel owner pointed us towards a travel agent who eventually found us another HOTEL.

We left the following morning with a bag full of bariloche chocolate, nice stuff in fairness.
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