Lots of National Parks!
Trip Start Oct 04, 2010
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The ride this morning starts with about an hour on the freeway going back to Osorno, then turning east towards Argentina. The scenery starts to get better as we get into the lake district and then into national parks. We get to the Chile boarder and with in 30 minutes we are cleared to leave.
We start out and get down the road about 10 minutes where Jene pulls over. We have both been stewing on the fact that we never got any paperwork or filled any out to get into Argentine. We agree that something is wrong, despite the fact that we were told that we could go out the gate and just produce the paperwork to the gate keeper. We circle back and find out at the gate back into Chile that we were concerned for the right reason but the Argentina customs and immigration are still up the road 40 K
We twist through the mountains and into a few National Parks of Argentina before getting to the Argentina border. The first National Park of Argentina is on this route and it was founded in 1934.
This crossing only takes about 30 minutes too as there are only a few other people there besides the busses. The bus traffic is handled differently so they are not a factor.
The road is nice and twisty and the views around the lakes and surrounding snow capped peaks is similar to that of Glacier National Park. We stop for lunch at a town that could have been Lake Tahoe, Park City, Sun Valley or any number of ski towns with nearby lakes. There are boutiques, ski shops, and restaurants by the score.
We finish up today in Bariloche which sits on the lake surrounded by snow capped peaks.
I find out form the Travelpod website that the picture of Baraloche I took and is included here will be featured on the front page og their website soon. Pretty cool!