27.02.2012 - 02.03.2012
Back across the border to Barlioche, I swear the pages of my passport are filling up with Chile and Argentina stamps alone! The lake districts largest city located on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi is a beautiful spot. St Bernards in the main square reminding me of my childhood watching Beethoven movies. The pups were adorable! The place is littered with chocolatiers each willing to give out free samples to customers (heaven!!) With all our chocolate eating we needed to burn some calories and there’s plenty of trekking options here to do that! As the weather was changeable we decided on 2 shorter treks, one to the cerro campinario which had the most beautiful views over the 7 lakes (rewarded ourselves for this not so tough 20 minute trek with red wine and cake ) and the trek to Refugio Frey, a 5 hour trek in total, taking us along Lake Gutierrez through forestland and upwards into the mountains. Strange to see a ski field deserted but it made for an interesting trek! People can stay in the Refugios on these treks and go further upwards but we saved this for another trek down south. That and I like my comfortable bed in the hostel!
Tried the recommended El Boliche de Alberto steak restaurant after much hype and was disappointed to be honest. Argentina does good steak but the best meal I’ve had was in The Steakhouse in La Paz. Having said that the red wine we were served in the former was the best so far! Another Malbec I think! I hear it’s difficult to get at home in Ireland, here’s hoping that’s not true!