Beer fair, snow capped mountains and hiking
18.09.2007 - 21.09.2007 5 °C
On the 18th, we woke up and checked out of the hostel in Bariloche. We had decided to head for El Bolson, a smaller town two hours to the South, where they have a crafts fair with homemade jams and micro brews. Curtis and Caroline, an English couple we had met in the hostel, were coming with us. In the morning, Jay and Milena decided to coem as well, and so we all set off. We went to the busstation, and caught a bus down there.
In El Bolson, we went to the tourist office, who were really helpful. They had pricelists and pictures from all the hostels and hotels in town. We found a little cabin which could sleep all six of us with no problem, and with a kitchen and living room, all for 100 pesos. Cheap. It even had a view of snowcapped mountains, what more can you ask for.
We got settled in the cabin, shopped for some food, and then went to the little fair to see what was on offer. Sampled the local cakes and micro brewery beers.
September 19th, we decided to go for a walk around the area. Again, the tourist office was very helpful, and they gave us several suggestions for hikes, and a map of the area. We ended up hiking up to a rock formation called Cabeza del Indio - the Indian head. The trip took about one and a half hours, up to a mirador where you could see the shape that gave the rock its name.
From there, we went on to a waterfall called Cascada Escondida. Took another couple of hours to get to, but it was well worth it, as the waterfall was amazing - much larger than I expected.
All in all we had some great hiking, with fantastic views over the valley and the surrounding mountains, and we passed through great nature.
On the 20th, we booked some bus and plane tickets, for the travelling we will be doing over the next week or so. We did some laundry and went to the bank. All the practicalities out of the way, we hung around the cabin, and took a walk around town again. We then made a huge stack of empanadas (60 - it took ages!), to take with us as travel snacks. They turned out pretty good.
The 21st, we checked out of the cabin. We had booked an evening bus to Puerto Madryn, and instead of staying in El Bolson, we went down to Esquel with Jay and Milena, to kill time till the bus left. Esquel was totally dead, so we all walked around bored most of the day. At 10 pm we went to the bus station and caught the bus to Puerto Madryn, while Jay and Milena stayed on to do some snowboarding in Esquel.