06.12.2008 - 09.12.2008
Arrive in Bariloche at midday and say good bye to Gary and the Dutch girls on the bus and head for our hostel La Bolsa. Bariloche is amazing and it feels like we are in Austria our something. Hostel is all made of wood and it feels like a ski lodge – which it kind of is in the winter given that it is a ski resort…. Very comfy room and even comfier beds.
It is Saturday night so we are dying for a few drinks. People in the hostel are cool so we hang out and have a few beers in the hostel before we head out. Decide to go to the hostel where the lads from the bus are staying as it has a bar and people from our hostel are going there too. As we get there is no sign of Gary and Co. but we hook up with some Irish girls and have a couple of drinks before we head to he Wilkenny Pub- what a name- where a lot more drinks are consumed. Full of backpackers….We have a great night and needless to say we fall home in the early hours of the morning.
Next day we are feeling pretty crap so we decide to look around town and get a picnic and lie by the lake. We randomly pass by a place with take away asado and it turns out tot be the nicest food ever. It is absolutely amazing sitting by the lake- views are just fabulous. We attempt to swim but it is freezing- feet get numb and it is painful to stick them in the water. We also try the icecream which is soooo nice -Bariloche is famous for its icecream and chocolate- and we will end up having a lot of it every day…Rest of the day is spent hanging out in the hostel with other backpackers and having some drinks but too tired to go out again that night.
Next day we are hiring bikes and doing a 30km cycle around Bariloche called Circuito Chico which we hear is gorgeous. We take a bus and then hire the bikes from a place which is really helpful. The circuit is tough going as it there are lots of hills but the views are unbelievable and it is so worth the pain. We stop of at the famous Llao-Llao hotel which is fab and have tea- all we can afford on our budget. We have a picnic by a lake which is off road and to get there is a bit tough with the bike as it is all dirt road and stones and K manages to fall off as we are going down a steep hill. We have our food and the setting is amazing. We even brave the cold water and go in for a dip. It is freezing but so refreshing as it is sooooo hot outside. The cycling takes all day and when we get back to the hostel we are knackered and pretty much crash.
the next morning we go for the bus for San Martin and meet the Dutch girls. Hey had to move hostel last minute and because we never swapped numbers we never got to meet. It will turn out that we will meet again as we will stay at the same hostel in Mendoza.