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It was a picturesque bus trip from Pucon to the ski resort town of Bariloche. A slow journey past volcanoes, through farm land which gradually became forested, and through mountains interlaced with pretty lakes.  We had an hour stop to stroll around the upmarket ski town on San Martin which resembled European resorts, full of wooden buildings, expensive shops and restaurants.

Bariloche a few more hours south, is a bustling centre for the surrounding area, and a well know resort town. I was dumfounded by the number of healaderias (ice cream shops) and chocoterias, they seemed to take every second shop space on the main street, making buying and eating chocolate the main tourist (especially domestic tourists) priority in Bariloche.

The other attraction close to town are the mountains, sitting on the lake to the south of the city. We struck some unfortunate drizzly weather as soon as we arrived in town, with the wind and drop in temperature making it impossible for us to do the hike we had planned. Instead we wandered the streets, ate the most delicious healdos yet, went out for another good parrilla, and basically relaxed in our lovely little hotel.

We also spent a day and night at nearby El Bolson, a pretty little town set between two mountain ranges, and well-known for its breweries. We made sure we tried a few local beers, and checked out the weekly markets before we had to get back to Bariloche for Adam’s flight home.

After Adam left for Australia for the week long party around Riz and Erin´s wedding, the weather cleared beautifully, so I set off for a long day walk to a refugio in the hills. It looked like a magnificent area to hike in from the little taste that I had, but unfortunately we were just a few weeks to late. It had started snowing in the area with some of the passes quite icy, with all the refugios closed for the season.


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