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Renee and Clarissa’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 14 Mar 2007

Location: Bariloche, Argentina

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Sitting on the steep wooden shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, Baraloche is one of Argentinas most beautifully sighted cities. With many restraurants, the best chocolate store (Mamushka), the creamiest helado (ice-cream) in the country and the devine steaks, yep...we are in the Argentina Lakes District! Speaking of steaks, had the most amazing meal at a traditional steak house, where the mozo´s wore groucho atire and served up a storm. This place was Bariloche´s first general store, where apparently Bush Cassidy bought his amunition in the day...well so they say.

We hired a car and set off on the classic 60km ´Circuit Chico´ running along the many pristine lakes, wooden cottages, mountain views and passing the world famous Lloa Lloa Hotel with its panoramic views and perfect gardens. Stopping for lunch by the lake, we splashed out and had two fondue, a classic cheese and a raw meat one which you had to cook to your liking in a fondue deep fryer, was pretty different and tasty.

The following day we ventured on the seven lakes drive, aiming to stop at a small unknown village that a local bar owner recommended called, Traful. Typical Patagonia scenery, the early morning sun glistening on the land. windy roads, streams, bridges, jagged mountain peaks. Spent the night in a cosy log cabin nestled in the mountains playing cards and drinking local red wine.

Back on the bus, through border crossings to Puerto Montt in Chile to catch our flight to Punta Arenas in Southern Patagonia.