And its off to Argentina...

Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
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Trip End Apr 01, 2012


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Friday, April 22, 2011

And we're on to the next country – Argentina. An 8 hour bus journey from Puerto Varas across the border (and the Andes) to Argentina.  Absolutely amazing views through the mountains, and a lot of snow. 

Later we are at the Argentinean border patrol and the guard is telling me I don’t have an exit stamp from Chile....now I watched the Chilean guard stamp my passport so I’m not really understanding what he’s talking about but he’s not looking happy.  My exit stamp is dated 21st April but it is actually 22nd April, this seems to trouble Mr Argentinean border patrol man greatly.  Not sure what he thought I was doing in the mountains by myself for a day but never mind.  Eventually it turns out that the Chilean guard had stamped half our bus with the wrong stamp so they let it go and we glide on into Argentina!!

Arrive in Bariloche in the afternoon and are a little spaced out after the bus journey, but what does strike us is the setting. Again set on a lake with the mountains behind it, I don’t think either of us will get bored of the view.  The town itself is bigger than expected and touristy but we needed somewhere a bit busier and there are plenty of chocolate shops.  Seems like the perfect place to spend Easter!

We stayed at Perikos Hostel which was a wooden building just up the street from the centre of town, basic rooms, basic breakfast and couldn’t get the shower working properly but is at least heated, and seems to be plenty going on.

The next day we go to Lake Llao llao (pronounced chao chao – took us a while to get that).  Here is the most famous hotel in Argentina – Hotel Llao Llao.  I think due to the surrounding views – beautiful lake and snow capped mountains.  We do a walk round a forest of Arrayanes trees (native to Argentina), around a couple lakes, get a bit lost and manage to head back the bus stop where we bump into the British couple Dan and Jen from Puerto Varas (think we must have been on the tourist trail). So we organise to go out for drinks later on.

Later on we grab the vouchers offered from the hostel (which gets us several free rounds of beer and so I have to learn to drink beer – there’s a first for everything).  Can’t say I like it but it’s much easier for rounds...Not entirely sure how but we end up out to 5am and so that’s our first proper night out in South America!

The next day was an easier day where we mainly explored the chocolate shops and managed to buy bus tickets, next stop four hours south to Esquel before the mammoth 24 hour journey to El Calafate!

Full photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonnymillar/sets/
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