Lassie, Argentina style
Trip Start Mar 07, 2009
69Trip End Apr 08, 2010
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Where I stayed
La Casa De Viajeros
We arrived at El Bolson at around 1030am which made a nice change as we have been landing pretty late recently so weīve been searching in the dark but this proved irrelevant because we were greeted at the bus stop by some geezer calling himself Agostin saying he had just the place for us. He showed some pictures and it turned out it was in the book anyway so we jumped into the back of his motor and headed to his place, after waiting for him to pick up some groceries!. Agostin and his wife Lauda apparently settled here 30 yrs ago after traveling round South America, and built himself a couple of log cabins, one of which we were to occupy for a few days. El Bolson is full of Artisans (read hippies) like him, and he spends his time making leather belts and wallets for the market which we discovered when he gave us the tour of his workshop. They had some animals as well of course, 2 dogs, 2 cats and some chooks
When we got back we found a young American couple had moved into the dorm upstairs, they were nice enough, although the girl was singing all morning which I thought was kinda weird, not just in the shower but while she was making breakfast, getting ready to go out, and even while doing weird standing on her head yoga moves. Still, it takes all sorts, maybe she was auditioning for pop idol or something.
Our first morning we went out on a so called secret hike to see these Indian head shaped rock formations. The hostel dude gave us a map he had clearly made himself and was quite adamant he wanted it back (it was just a photocopy) but it sounded interesting so off we went, left a little late because we were only intending on a half day stroll after the epic bus trip (31 hrs total). The trail was easy enough at first then became a bit technical when we had to climb & bolder around a small rock face over fast running water
Next day had an easy day doing short walks around a lake about 18km away, really quiet and the weather had turned a bit, really windy and wet. Speaking of windy, both Ang & I were struggling a bit today after she cooked up omelet's the night before, or under cooked I should say! Spent about 4 hrs walking in the park and went back for an early night ready for a more strenuous hike the next day.
We had intended to hike up this local mountain and spend the night in a shelter up there but we were both knackered and the weather the day before had put us off a bit so we decided to taxi up to the end of the mountain access road, then hike around from there and walk back down
Got back to the refuge and gave the dog the last of our chicken before Ang & I tucked into some home brewed ale and a pizza. We told the refuge bloke his dog had shown us the way and he did not seem surprised, though when I showed him the photoīs he pointed out we had tried to climb the wrong mountain, damn dog :) When we left to start the hike down we had to go back because the dog, and one of the cats bizarrely wanted to lead/follow us all the way down into town. After giving them the shake off, the hike down was brutal, about 4 hrs back to our digs mostly just stomping downhill on a dirt road, slept well that night!
Next morning we had a late morning bus to catch to Bariloche, luckily only about 2 hrs away for a change, but we would have very fond memories of El Bolson.