We have just spent two weeks taking it very easy by Lake Nahuel Huapí,
. We arrived at the town of Argentina by bus from Bariloche . We stayed at Balcón del Lago, located in Llao Llao, Osorno, Chile 23 km west of Bariloche. It was just great and Rodolfo Gabarain, the owner, is a wonderful host.
The weather was quite warm when we got here, but summer has been rapidly disappearing. We caught a bit of rain, and when the Patagonian winds came across the lake, it got quite cool.
I don't know what these are, but they are pretty.
The lake area is simply gorgeous. It is somewhat like a mix between
Lake Geneva and ’s Sierra Nevadas. There are many hikers here, and Bariloche itself has many accommodations for them. Nahuel Huapí is fed and drained by rivers. Just a few miles toward the Patagonian flat lands and away from the California Andes, the terrain changes dramatically. That is much the same as leaving Lake Tahoe and going east into . In many ways, our two weeks here reminded me of going to the cabin we used to have at Nevada . We did much the same things here as we used to do there, which is to say, not much of anything! That’s what’s so great about it. We don’t fish, we don’t ski, but we had a mountain lake cabin. We didn’t fish here either, but we did go out to eat a couple of times. Big Bear Lake
The fancy (and expensive) resort hotel in Llao Llao.
I can strongly recommend for lunch El Tronador in Llao Llao just before you get to the turnoff from Av. Bustillo to the fancy hotel. It is run by two sisters, and they don’t do dinner. Also, we went to El Boliche de Alberto, a parilla (grill) restaurant. After all, this is
, and they eat beef here. Lamb and chicken were options, but not trucha (trout, a favorite of Penny's) like they had at El Tronador. Argentina
We drove north along the highway into the
for a while one day, and it was like going into another world. A motorcycle with province of Neuquén plates passed us. I couldn’t catch up with it to get a picture. I wonder if they came from Ushuaia and are on their way to Point Barrow? Doing the whole hemisphere! Alaska
We decided not to take the bus to
from here. It would be an eighteen hour trip. We could have split it up and stayed at a town somewhere in the middle for a day, but that would have meant buying separate tickets. And besides, we want to see Buenos Aires and still have some time in Iguazú Falls before we head over to Buenos Aires . So we are flying on LAN to Montevideo , staying one night, and then flying up to Puerto Iguazú. Buenos Aires