Posted by: paulgilders | April 1, 2012

Bariloche

In my last post, we had just arrived in Bariloche, Argentina. After weeks of small-town living, Bariloche is a tourism mecca and has everything available in abundance together with some fantastic scenery. We lived it up in an apartment for 4 days before moving out to some still rather nice camping.

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Probably the only dislike I had of Bariloche was the traffic, which is heavy along the lakeside and not conducive to cycling. Once you are 10km out of town, the traffic reduces to a reasonable level (and this is in the off season).

Our campsite, 14km out of town, was mostly quiet and from our tent we looked over the lake. The beach was also used by the local sailing club – mostly kids sailing Optimists.

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I enjoyed a good day cycling some of the local cycle routes – firstly a climb to the Cerro Catedral ski station and secondly to the top of Cerro Otto – about 2000m of climbing – it’s much easier without luggage.

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We also all rode around the “Circuito Chico” – a stunning ride of about 30km around the lakes a peninsulas west of Bariloche.

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Finally, we all walked to another local viewpoint overlooking the mountains and lakes called the “Campanario”.

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In short, we all loved Bariloche. My only complaint was this particular cup of coffee from Cerro Catedral – you might call it a short black, but I was expecting more than a teaspoon of NescafĂ© for $4.

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