Cerro Bayo and back to Bariloche

March 11, 2008

After three nights in Villa la Angostura we headed back around Lago Nahuel Huapi to Bariloche. But, not before driving up to a small ski area called Cerro Bayo. The Foder’s Guide says the name means bay-colored mountain, but we think the “Bayo” refers to the view of the bay.

The Fodor’s guide also did not indicate what a tourist trap this place is–you can rent ATVs, mountain bikes or mountain boards. Kids can jump on the blow up slide. We skipped that stuff and hopped on the chairlift to the top of the mountain.

Henry held on tight to Anders as we climbed to 1710 meters (about 5,600 feet). At the top we walked around a bit and Anders played with rocks. We got great views across the lake to the mountains, of the peninsula we had hiked and of Isla Victoria, which Anders and I will visit soon.

View of Ismo Quetrihué

View of Ismo Quetrihué from Cerro Bayo. This is the peninsula we hiked two days prior.
Isla Victoria

Isla Victoria from Cerro Bayo. Anders and I will take a boat here in a few days and hike around.
Andes from Cerro Bayo

Andes in the distance.
More Andes in the distance

More Andes in the distance
Henry and Anders atop Cerro Bayo

Henry and Anders atop Cerro Bayo
Anders eats pumice

Anders eats pumice. He gets all new teeth, right?
plants on the mountain

Plants on the mountain
More plants on the mountain

More plants on the mountain
Even more plants on the mountain

Even more plants on the mountain
chairlift

The two-person chairlift we rode up on.

We took one lift back down to about 3/4 of the way up the mountain and hiked the 5km trail the rest of the way down to the base area.

Henry and Anders hike down the trail

Henry and Anders hike down the trail.

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love plants. And I love their Latin names. So, I was quite pleased to find many of the plants I’d been looking at for a week clearly labeled. The next several photos will bore most people, so just scroll on through.

Ribes

Ribes is the same genus as currant and gooseberry.
Caña

Henry says this is bamboo, but I need to look up the Latin name before I buy that.
Alstromereum

If you are buying a bouquet of flowers, ask for this. You get several blooms per stem and it is fairly inexpensive. Just a little trick from my days working at the flower shop in high school.
alstro close up

See, pretty…
strawberry

Strawberry
Cañuelo

Canelo looks familiar, but I can’t place it.
Coihue

This big tree seems to be one of the dominant ones in the forest around here.
Radal

Radal–don’t know it.
Fushia

Fushia–so pretty. There are close up photos of this one on other posts.

After we got to the bottom of the mountain, we headed in Angostura for a late lunch and then drove back to Bariloche to spend 4 more nights at Bungalows Capurro. Actually, Henry will spend one night before heading off to film and Anders and I will hang out for three days after that before heading to Esquel.

View from the road back to Bariloche.

View from the road back to Bariloche.
Another view from the road back to Bariloche.

Another view from the road back to Bariloche.

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