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El Circuito Chico

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Yesterday was spent biking approximately 50 kilometers to, from, and around “El Circuito Chico,” which encompasses the protected nature reserve of Llao Llao Municipal Park. I rented a bike and Greg and Tiff rode theirs that Greg assembled in the morning. We stopped for a few hours for some hiking and lunch in the park at a scenic beach.

The morning and early afternoon were largely free of the ash from Volcano Puyehue, and the views we saw were impressive. Unfortunately, the winds changed and towards the end of our ride the ash was back in full force. It coats everything in a fine layer of dust, and gets in your eyes and mouth; I can’t imagine that this stuff is good for anyone to breathe for an extended period of time, yet hardly anyone wears a simple face mask to filter out the dust.

As Greg mentions, we leave to Puerto Varas, Chile early tomorrow morning. In the meantime, we’ll try to make the most of our remaining time in Bariloche, even if that just means taking it easy and cooking our own dinner of cheap beef from the supermarket.

Arrival to Bariloche

Friday, January 6th, 2012

As Greg has already mentioned, we have completed our surprisingly comfortable and quick 19 hour bus ride to Bariloche, Argentina from Mendoza via Andesmar. This afternoon we got settled into our hostel and headed downtown to shop for bike gear (for Greg and Tiff’s upcoming trip to the Carretera Austral) and eat a large meal of beef after the rather tiny breakfast and lunch on Andesmar. Bariloche is nice, resembling a small town in Switzerland, but it’s quite hazy today thanks to Volcano Puyehue that spit ash nearly 8 months ago (and still continues to do so today, but in smaller amounts…).

Goodbye Mendoza!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

After two days of winery tours, one day of bus/walking tours, and three evenings of dining with our gracious hosts Teri and Oscar, it was time to say goodbye to Mendoza and begin the 19 hour, overnight bus ride to San Carlos de Bariloche in Southern Argentina. Like Santiago, Mendoza is another great city in South America thanks to the hospitality of its inhabitants.

The Innumerable Irrigated Trees of Mendoza

Friday, January 6th, 2012

As a visitor to Mendoza, one quickly learns that you’re in the desert with consistently high temps and dry, exhausting heat. Additionally, a visitor is often reminded that with only 20 cm of rain per year, the numerous trees that line the streets all over town were planted by man and need to be irrigated; these trees definitely make for some scenic and welcoming views.

Maipú Wineries by Bike

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Day two in the Mendoza Province brought us back to the wineries of Maipú, but this time on bike instead of bus. Greg, Tiff, and I biked a round trip loop of about 10 miles, in all visiting three wineries and enjoying four bottles of very good and cheap wine between the three of us in perfect summer weather. Easily one of the best days on the South America trip thus far!