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Mar 7, 2017 - 20k from free camp on the pass to San Martin de los Andes

Tue Mar 7 20k from free camp on the pass to San Martin de los Andes. Peaceful night and not cold. 8am N heard the sound of big wings overhead and peeped out of tent to see a large raptor bird, with yellow beak, red cheeks, brown wings with white bands…not afraid of us… N too slow with the camera ! Traffic on the gravel road to the pass and ferry started about 7am. Tent dry and no bugs, but we check ourselves for ticks..cattle have been here..lots of dung ! Only enough gas for coffee so we enjoy soaked oats, mixed with water, milk powder,...

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Mar 1, 2012 - San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

We spent a week in San Martin de los Andes, a small town in a deep valley in the Lakes District of Argentina. We took drives and hikes and hung out in the village. We have seen beauty in so many degrees and of such intensity on this trip that it seemed impossible to experience another place of such magnificence. Well, I guess you can imagine what I am about to say next. The Lakes District stunned us with its serene beauty. It had a gentle ruggedness, with paved and dirt roads carving their way around steep mountains and hovering above...

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Feb 2, 2011 - Memories of Patagonia

OBSERVACIONES DE PATAGONIA: NATURALEZA BELLISIMA! The beauty of the lanscape is like no other I have ever seen. Pristine turquoise blue lakes, rivers and water falls, endless golden grass plains, crisp clean air, clear blue skies, and for good measure, a wind that shakes your whole body. MOCHILEROS Rule! Travelers with suit cases are the exception. Even tiny young women walk around with huge backpaks on their backs. ISRAELITAS: There are so many of them that at one point I felt like I got off the wrong bus and arrived in Israel. They do not...

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Nov 30, 2010 - San Martin, Argentina

Great bicycle ride for 3+ hrs a highlight here as well as a fine place to stay at Hostal Los Lagos where they served a breakfast that incl yogurt, cereal, and juice not just the usual fare of tea/coffee and dried bread, maybe jam &/or butter! A good value here and real close to bus terminal. We did a lot of walking around town, very touristy, but we lucked out being here the only 2 days when there is no electricity during the day so lots of places closed!

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Apr 30, 2010 - Return to the Argentine Lake District, Andes

March 20 to April 30, 2010 The return to the Andes of Argentina was quite a distance from Uruguay. It would be about around 500 miles to get there. But the biggest problem of getting to the Andes was going to be getting Paco fixed up for more ripio(gravel/dirt) roads. After inspecting all the hoses and rubber boots I discovered that replacement was going to be necessary again before I subjected Paco to more dirt. I had purchased the replacement parts in Uruguay, now I just needed some place to do this work. I needed to replace a boot on...

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Dec 11, 2009 - Villa La Angostura

Since the photos are really the only reason anyone looks at this thing anyway, let's cut to the chase. Here are some pictures of Villa La Angostura, a little town about an hour away from Bariloche where Laura and I did our first real hike of the trip. It was great, a pregnant woman waddling down the trail with her crippled, limping husband, being passed left and right by bike riders, other hikers, and the occasional tortise. We were joined by two stray dogs who walked the entire 7 miles with us, stopping when we stopped, playing some fetch,...

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Jan 12, 2009 - Direction Chili

Nous partons du Cidep un peu tristes de laisser ce jardin d’Eden, L’expérience ici nous a bien plu. Mais la route nous apelle et l’aventure continue. Nous montons vers le nord direction Bariloche. C’est une destination qu’on nous avait beaucoup recommandé et ou vont beaucoup de touristes locaux et étrangers. Vous avions notre propre idée qui s’est confirmé en arrivant sur place: Bariloche est juste une ville super touristique qui ne retient pas notre intéret, surtout en venant du Cidep. Comme il est encore tot dans la journée nous...

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Oct 16, 2008 - San Martín de los Andes- Anne the dwarf and 80s cars

San Martín de los Andes was our first stop in Argentina. It is apparently a very popular holiday destination among Argentinians, although there was an out-of-season quietness about the place while we were there. As well as this, it didn't offer us anything we hadn't just seen in Pucón. It sits on a picturesque lake and is overlooked by forested hills, and trekking, rafting etc. are all available, but we've become so spoilt with all the stuff we've seen on our trip so far that this wasn't enough to hold our attention, and we left after a...

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Aug 15, 2008 - San Martin de Los Andes

Days 33 & 34 With a local's promise of fewer tourists and a great hill we headed for San Martin de Los Andes, 4.5hrs North of Bariloche. Of course Anthony secured great accommodation, or so his Spanish phone call led him to believe. No doubt, the accommodation was great, but the budget took another hit. Our muscles didn't complain, but it was clear Anthony needed to work on his Spanish. With aching legs, arms, backs and other body parts, it was hard to tell if the flood in the carpark and the pooring rain was a day of skiing ruined, or a...

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May 26, 2008 - the 37 hour bus ride

like i said, first i tried to leave on the friday but i lost my paper then the border was snowed in and i couldnt leave for another 5 days. my only option was to travel south and cross the andes on the lower border near temuco. im going to plot this one on the map just so you can see how far south i had to go to get to mendoza, which is normally a 6 hour journey across the andes. the bus journey was in a mini bus where the seats didnt reline and i was sat next to a fat guy who´s gingivitis was getting worse by the hour. ive included some...

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Mar 24, 2008 - San Martin de los Andes

Vandaag van Bariloche naar San Martin de los Andes gereisd. Een aanzienlijk stuk van het traject is nog niet geasfalteerd en daardoor nam de goeie 190 km bijna 4 uur in beslag. De weg hiernaartoe wordt ook de weg van de 7 meren genoemd. Het is dus een rit van in de patagonische steppe naar een beboste omgeving met grote meren. San MArtin de los Andes ligt maar iets hoger dan Bariloche maar is een stuk kleiner, een 15000 inwoners met ook enkele Mapuche gemeenschappen in de bossen.

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Mar 22, 2008 - Buen Provecho take two!

The next morning we took a nice, very short, bus ride to Junin del Los Andes. Transportation to Parque National Lanin from Junin is much more accessible. The park is subdivided into a couple different Mapuche reservations. The Mapuche population is extremely small in Argentina and completely non-existent in Southern Patagonia which were wiped out by the Spaniards. And of course the other reason for this stop was the fishing. Camille and I were headed to the park for a day hike while Darin continued his quest for the perfect trout. This...

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