Argentina–Day 1, Bariloche

March 6, 2008 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCOTT!!!!!

It was a long four flights, but after two days of travel, Anders and I made it to San Carlos de Bariloche (known simply as Bariloche). Henry met us at the airport which garnered a huge smile from Anders–and me.

Turns out the people of all nationalities love Anders–maybe they like all little kids. He was quite popular and folks wanted to chat with him throughout the trip. Some people just walked up, picked him up and kissed him. Others did not enjoy when he was crying and fussing on the plane…

Bariloche is a Swiss village of about 100,000 people that sits on the south end of Lago Nahuel Huapi and is surrounded by Parque National Nahuel Huapi. The Andes rise up sharply to the west and the steppe falls off to the east.

After waking Anders up from 12 hours of sleep this morning, we had breakfast in our cabaña. We rented a little place at Bungalows Capurro so that we could cook food and have a bedroom for Anders–it’s hard to get him to sleep when we are all in the same room, like a hotel.

Breakfast at Capurro

Starting the day with breakfast at Bungalows Capurro.
view from Capurro

The evening view from our window of Lago Nahuel Huapi.

Then we went downtown to walk around a bit and do some errands. Bariloche is a popular ski resort in the winter (it’s late summer/fall right now, of course) as well as the gateway to the national park. It is also the biggest tourist destination in Argentina.

Looking into el centro

Looking into el centro
El Centro

El centro
St. Bernards

Bariloche is a Swiss town and thus must have St. Bernards in the town square.

This afternoon we took the gondola up to the top of Cerro Otto–a mountain with a revolving restaurant and lots of tourist junk to buy. However, there is great view of Bariloche, the lake, the Andes and giant Mt. Tronadór.

Henry in the gondola

Henry in the gondola on the way up to Cerro Otto.
Melynda and Anders in the gondola

Anders and I in the gondola.
The gondola

The gondola–Teleferico Cerro Otto
The view from Cerro Otto

The view of Lago Nahuel Huapi from Cerro Otto.
Henry and the moon

Henry and the moon.
shrine

A little shrine at the top of Cerro Otto.

Then we made dinner back at the cabaña and got Anders to bed and now I want to sleep….

Anders sleeps

A the end of a long day a guy’s just got to crash…
Dulce de Leche

After Anders goes to bed I like to break out the Dulce de Leche–a regional treat.

You can check Henry’s blog for his version of the story.

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