Bariloche by bus

April 12th, 2007

Mmm…trees! Yes, I’ve made it out of the Far South up into autumn in Argentina’s Lake District. Bariloche is a touristy town and ski resort in the foothills of the Andes. Getting here from Punta was largely uneventful – bus to Rio Gallegos, overnight there, then an overnight bus to Bariloche (26 hrs…). I spent a lot of time looking out at the mostly featureless landscape, watching it slowly change from flat grass to little scrubby bushes and develop some wildlife. Highlights of the journey were the tame guanaco (a llama-like animal) at a service station, which trotted into the cafe and attempted to help itself to sugar from the tables before it was shooed out by the lady at the counter and waking up on the bus to a glorious sunrise over the mountains.
I’m going to be in Bariloche for a while – I’m staying in a friendly youth hostel and have signed myself up to do a week’s Spanish course starting on Monday. This evening I’m going to a wine tasting with some people from the language school. Should be fun…

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