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Bariloche and Argentinan Lakes District

Posted on | December 19, 2010 | No Comments

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This week I’m trying something new. I’m doing photo-blog posts on our time in Argentina. Today is Week 3: Chocolate, Beer, Lakes and Mountains in Bariloche. I hope you enjoy!

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On our first day tourist-ing in Bariloche we came upon this statue of Romulus and Remus – particularly apt since the very excellent History of Rome podcast had kept us entertained (and sane) on the multi-day drive across the Pampas.

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Our boys quickly became fans of the profusion of artesanal chocolate shops in Bariloche – so much so that BigB asked if he can go back to Bariloche for his birthday (ahem, not this year honey, sorry). And of course, we had to check out Argentina’s oldest micro-brewery.

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Staying in a campervan in a campsite outside the city did have it’s downside. We didn’t have to deal with city traffic but the local bus-stops in Bariloche are not up to the four-star standard of the rest of the city – a fact which our kids did not appreciate.

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By now we were getting into the swing of camping, even going so far as to attempt to cook like Argentinians.

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We got in some hiking at the Cerro Cathedral ski resort which is the start of one of the Club Andino trails, although we got side-tracked when the boys spotted the (dry and dusty) area which we guessed to be the terrain park during ski season. They had to try out running air jumps – with little success.

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We all agreed that someday we’d like to come back to Bariloche during the ski season. Yet another trip for the bucket list.

Onwards, ever onwards, we took the beautiful Seven Lakes drive but didn’t get very far. We stopped for coffee at Villa La Angostura and liked the pretty little town so much we decided to stay a night which became three – not least because Camping Unquehue was hands down my favorite campsite so far.

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The spotlessly clean bathrooms were a plus, the playground a double bonus.

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