Bariloche Part 2: See, do, conquer

Our special stay in Bariloche continued to be filled with more adventures. For those of you just joining us now, check out Bariloche, part one – Revenge of the nerds. Our next day trip we planned was to visit the Cerro Otto lookout point which was accessible via chairlift or for those stupid enough, by foot. Never ones to turn down a challenge, we opted for the latter. And a challenge it was. 2 kms of a steep sandy trail that ever seemed to end. Hot and flustered,

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we continued till we reached the top. Great panoramic views, but we both agreed that we were not sure it was worth the effort. Future travellers, just take the chairlift!

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After a few happy snaps we sat briefly in the revolving restaurant then made our way down, yes, in the chairlift 🙂

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After our mini trek we were quite exhausted and our intention to walk around Lago Gutierrez turned into a brief pit stop where we grabbed a snack

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And headed back to town where we spent the rest of the day planning and organising buses, hostels and our whitewater rafting trip the next day!!!

Gear on and we were ready to take on Rio Manso.. Josh excited and me.. eek.. not so.


After the safety talk I was kind of freaking out. Josh took the seat at the front of the raft and I took the back seat (closest to Estaban, our guide/skipper/leader who I quickly befriended) 🙂

From the very first rapid Josh was right in there…


Spot me below? Back left. After seeing the size of the oncoming grade 4 rapid I comfortably snuck my way into the safety of the boat..


The rapids only got more challenging, but we smashed each rapid and the team spirit grew, fun factor increased and nerves (kind of) subsided.


Until this….


When we all sat down at the end to watch the videos which the photographer had taken, my sneaky fall into the safety of the inside of the boat was all revealed and my secret was out. Was a great day, met some great people, conquered the nerves and definitely felt a good sense of accomplishment at the end!

Was a fun adrenaline-lifting way to end our stay in Bariloche. Well that is it for now but if you missed it, check out Josh’s thoughts on traveling with me, quite a laugh.

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Bariloche Part 1: Revenge of the nerds

The Argentine Lake District’s largest city, Bariloche, was our next stop and bring it on – we were ready for it! Arriving at Hostel 1004, which came highly recommended from a number of our friends (thanks Lee, Brad and Bortzy) we knew this would be a place we wouldn’t want to leave.

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We immediately felt at home with the lovely staff and the beautiful views over the lake and city.

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With our Spanish slowly progressing and the hopes of staying put in Bariloche for a little while, we thought we might try some Spanish lessons. We planned to meet Carolina the lady at the Spanish school for a brief introduction conveniently timed at 8:45pm (everything happens late here) – our time or dinner. She sat us down for a hard core test and we were not happy Jan.

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Needless to say, the nerds rebelled. Cheating our way through the first part of the test and failing to complete the rest of it, we threw away our hopes of mastering Spanish. Instead, we planned our revenge and opted to spend our days exploring the city by bike, car, foot, kayak and chairlift all fuelled by the most delicious food and an awesome city vibe starting in the main square and extending across the city.

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The streets of Bariloche are lined with cute chocolate shops (hello endless days of taste testing!), restaurants and cafes.

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This city doesn’t do healthy. Most nights I ate the local fish, trout drenched in the traditional butter and lemon salsa

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and Josh enjoyed his schnitzel or steak, nicely portioned ay?

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Needless to say when we came across this next little gem it was well received by both of us even if Josh is too stubborn to admit it 🙂

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Heaven!! Amazing juices, assortment of different veggie delights and complimentary sweet tea to finish the meal off with. So good, we went back a second time!

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But enough about the food, the real heart of the city lies in its beautiful surroundings. One of our highlights was hiring bikes and doing the 25km ‘Circuito Chico’ route. To begin with, the hilly terrain and cars speeding past almost blowing me away left me screaming and close to tears at many points.

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But Josh was patient, gave me many a pep talk and soon enough we were flying down those hills in unison.. Stopping every now and then to enjoy the incredible views.

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At about the halfway mark we turned down a gravel road with steep inclines and decided to tie up the bikes and walk down to the lake. We found a beautiful spot and enjoyed our picnic lunch.

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Back on our bikes we got and our next stop was at a little Cervazeria (beer house) where we sampled some beer and enjoyed the view for a little while before completing the rest of the circuit. Awesome day!

The following day we changed our mode of transport from bike to hired car, where we set out bright and early to drive the ‘Circuito Grande’. Our cute station wagon took us all over town.

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We cruised along the freeway, trying to figure out these roads with no rules; plugged in the iPod and sang our way through the mountains and shimmering turquoise lakes.

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We felt really spoilt with these views.. It is amazing how beautiful and so diverse a region can be.

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After a long day on the road, we chilled with a competitive game of cards and some drinks.

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Guess who won? 🙂

That’s all for now,friends. Pease leave us a comment and fellow travellers, feel free to ask us any questions or share your thoughts/recommendations. We love hearing from everyone!

Stay tuned, Bariloche Part 2 is on its way!

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