Jul 18, 2006
Mar 31, 2007
At the heart of the Argentinian Lake District (it spreads into Chile too), Barioloche could be mistaken for any Alpine skiing resort. Chalets and St.Bernards aplenty. We stayed slightly out of town to benefit from some open space (hosteria Guimes resembled a retirement home with floral armchairs focused around a mid-room fireplace resplendent with 1970īs TV showing continuous soccer) yet never ventured into the garden. Not learning from our parilla experience in Puerto Madryn we dined at the best parilla (a.k.a. gorilla) in town and ate our way through six 2" thick steaks, chorizo sausage and a plate stacked 9" high with chips, all washed down with the usual Argentinian cab sav, all for a staggering 9 pounds (no pound symbol on this keyboard!). This was ill-planned as we hired bicycles at 9am the following morning and cycled the hilly 45 mile Circuito Chico route through beautiful lakes and a 2hr downpour (this is where Goretex coats, trousers, shoes and underpants came in handy). Lake Districts seem to be the same the world over! Our Saturday night plans came to a standstill when we got back to our retirement home beds and lay down, warmed to a(nother) bottle of cab sav and woke up the next morning! A hire car awaited our next 2-day adventure...