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Jan 30, 2008 - El Calafate, El Bolson, and San Carlos de Bariloche

Hello Again! We've spent many hours in busses since our last entry. We traveled from El Calafate to El Bolson (30 hour bus ride), and now we're in San Carlos de Bariloche (only a 2 hour hus ride from El Bolson) which is the lakes district of Argentina. It actually reminds me of Brainerd, Minnesota with Mountains; very lush, the water is crystal clear, and there's plenty of outdoor fun to be had. We're once again camping about a half hour out of town by a nice glacier fed lake. The tent and gear that we brought with us has paid for itself by...

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Nov 27, 2007 - Bariloche

Bariloche ist auch ohne Trekkings sehr attraktiv. So waren wir mit dem Seekajak auf dem nahe gelegenen Lago Gutiérrez unterwegs - ein blaugrüner, glasklarer und ziemlich kalter (11º) See mit Bäumen bis ans Ufer, welche teilweise durch einen Waldbrand zerstört wurden. Der See liegt im riesigen Nahuel Huapi Nationalpark, welchen wir auch in den folgenden Tagen besuchten. Ein Erlebnis der besonderen Art war unsere Wanderung zum Bosque de Arrayanes. Dies ist ein kleiner Wald, welcher ausschliesslich aus einer Baumart besteht. Die Bäume sind...

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Apr 6, 2007 - Spanish mick jagger

Felices Pascuas! Happy Easter to everyone - we are thinking of you all as we stuff our faces full of chocolate in Bariloche, Argentina! Well we have just celebrated finishing the last of our spanish lessons for the week... Its been tough and it seems as though under the stress we have regressed to our former adolescent years - Nic coping by pulling faces behind his teachers back (as she turns to write something on the blackboard) and Fiona having waaaay too much attitude (flicking her pen and muttering, "thats soooo stupid"). Our teachers...

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Mar 20, 2007 - Bariloche - the chocolate capital of Argentina

This is the biggest city, actually this is the only city we've been in, in three weeks. It is situated along Lago Nahuel Huapi, and is the commercial centre of what is known as the Lakes District. But besides all that and more importantly it is a chocolate lovers paradise and we made sure to stock up from the famous & highly recommended Mamuschka store. Fi would have loved to bring loads back with us but unfortunately space, weight & expiry dates prevented that idea from materialising! Other than shopping for and eating chocolates, we spent...

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Mar 1, 2007 - Argentina, Ruta 40 - 27-28 February

Ruta 40, the mythical journey up the west side of Argentina through the desolate Patagonian landscape. It was to take 2 days of 12-14 hours driving from El Chalten to Bariloche with an overnight stop in Perito Moreno. It was everything it was supposed to be. Desolate, unchanging, unforgiving landscape for miles and miles and miles. And, as has been the norm so far in Patagonia, almost all on unsealed road. Our bus with Chalten Travel offered us a good view of the sheer nothingness and stops every couple of hours to stretch our legs at some...

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Feb 16, 2007 - San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro Province, Patagonia

Saturday 17th February 2007 Bariloche is a large, afluent, touristy town situated on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi in the Lake District of the Rio Negro Province of Patagonia. It is full of chalet-style buildings and log cabins, and is the base for exploring the Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is a huge town in comparison to the places I have been staying over the last month. It has an array of restaurants, bars and shops, and reputedly the best ice cream and chocolate in the whole of Argentina (oh dear!!) The hostel in which I am staying...

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Feb 4, 2007 - San Carlos de Bariloche

And so to today and I`m actually typing in real time. I have now arrived in Bariloche in Patagonia where I will spend the next two weeks learning to speak Spanish - well some anyway, whilst staying in the home of Ana and Adam Hajduk, a homestay arranged by the Spanish School. My sense of humour, eroded by lack of sleep over the past 48 hours, is rapidly being restored by the more temperate climate, a modest 23 c on arrival this afternoon, and views of the Andes and the lake on which the town sits. As well as learning Spanish, I`m hoping to...

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Feb 1, 2007 - Hike to Refugio Frey

We went on the most amazing hike yesterday. it was about 24 kilometers (14 miles) and elevation change of 900 meters (3000 feet). It was killer but worth every ache that I have today. it took us 3 and a half hours up, an hour and a half at the top and then 2 and a half down. Long, hard day. But we were rewarded with tea and cake at the tea house that was at the bottom.

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Jan 31, 2007 - BARILOCHE, Argentina

I have now made an art form out of falling asleep in parks! This only ends when I overheat or a local dog decides to take a passing interest. The town of Bariloche could be the most Scenic town we have been to on the trip. Bases on a beautiful crystal lake and surrounded by snow capped mountains with the sun out and the temperatures in the 30's, its definitly it decent little place to stop and stare. This followed an overnight 18hourer from Mendoza down here into the heart of the Lake District. Normally overnight bus journeys are far from...

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Jan 26, 2007 - San Carlos de Bariloche ( Argentinien )

Bariloche und seine Umgebung werden aus irgendwelchen Gründen als "die Schweiz Südamerikas" bezeichnet - es gibt zwar ein paar schneebedeckte Berge und Holzhäuser, aber das war's. Wir haben auch darauf verzichtet, uns mit Bernhardinern fotografieren zu lassen. Das beste der Stadt sind eindeutig die Schokoladen- und Pralinengeschäfte!!! Die Stadt dient sowieso lediglich als Ausgangspunkt für den Nationalpark Nahuel Huapi, einer der grössten Argentiniens. Wir haben eine kleine Fahrradtour von 60 km um den See gemacht, was sehr schön war -...

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Jan 7, 2007 - Bariloche

Sunday 7th January Monday 8th January Tuesday 9th January Got the midday overnight bus out to Buenos Aires. I have decided to head up to Venezuela in the next couple of weeks. After the bus got out of the lake district the countryside became very desolate. Hour upon hour of desert scrub. Buses are very comfy (more so than planes!) and they come around serving drinks and meals and putting on videos. There was a really bad lightening storm during the night which was lighting up the bus, you could actually see the bolts hitting the ground.

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Jan 6, 2007 - ARGENTINA

Saturday 6th January Met a bunch of people on the bus who had just come up from Puerto Natales on the Navimag boat. Glad I decided against the idea as their boat had broken down and with only one other ship in action the journeys will be heavily booked up. The views got alot more interesting as we turned into the Andes to cross to Argentina. After three hours we were at the Chilean border. It took over an hour to get us all off the bus and queue alphabetically (especially when you dont recognise your own name as 'Ése, Aleson'!) and get the...

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