Snow in August!
Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
77Trip End May 21, 2011
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While out walking on the first night in Bariloche, the torrential rain turned into huge, fat chunks of snow and we were told that this was the first time this year that it has snowed. It was nice seeing the local people excited by the snow and out playing in it; it was very tempting to launch a snowball at Eleanor but I somehow resisted.
On our second day in Bariloche, we caught a bus and cable car to the summit of Cerro Campanairo
Continuing our journey in the Lake District, we caught a bus from Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes via the seven lakes route. Bus drivers have serious balls in Argentina, especially when roads are virtually non-existent in places and there is snow and slush everywhere. What should’ve been a very scenic 5.5 hour journey was slightly destroyed by the poor weather conditions though one particular highlight for us was seeing 6 condors hovering over scrubland during the journey. Condors have 3 metre wing spans and generally search for dead animals to eat. Nice. When we finally arrived, we were welcomed by very heavy rain which is always great when you have 25 kg of rucksacks on and have to search for a hostel. Doing this causes you to make poor decisions and we did this on our choice of accommodation. Too expensive, poor service etc but we learnt from this mistake. The town is beautifully picturesque, perfect for ski buffs pulling up in 4x4 Porsches. Unfortunately activities were too expensive for our budget so we only stayed one night.