Tourism in Bariloche
04.11.2008 15 °C
The first thing that came out of my mouth when I entered the road across from the city of Bariloche was "wow." I could not believe the site of the Andes mountains hovering over the Lago Nahuel Haupi lake. Bariloche is the mecca of outdoor enthusiasts. From the moment we entered we saw people paragliding through the winds hundreds of feet above the lake. That is a must do. Hopefully the weather holds up the next few days and I can experience it.
Today is the US election. It is unbelievable how interested people from other countries are in my election. I am glad I am some what politically savvy so that I can explain to them that not all Americans are naive. Most of us are just misinformed. Thank goodness I voted for Obama because I have not met one McCain supporter (not that their vote counts or anything but their opinions matter). People from other countries are actually more informed about the election than many of my friends.
Anyway, Today I did white water rafting through Patagonia Outdoors. I am staying at Hostal Perikos which provided us with a brochure. I visited many other tourism companies and all of them had the same rate for the tour, if not more. The price was 280 pesos (75 USD). We were rafting class 4 rapids for about two hours. Our raft lost a couple of passengers several times and it was actually kind of funny. The tour was well worth the money. The ride had some great sights and the after party was the sauce on the steak (literally). They provided a lunch (dinner is usually around 10 pm lunch at 5pm) that was beyond impressive. A real Asado! Argentinians take pride in their Asados and they won´t let you down. Chicken, steak and sausage over a makeshift grill in the middle of the mountains couldn't made me feel like a real Gaucho. A Gaucho. for those of you who don´t know, is a Argetinean Cowboy. I saw a couple of them today too.
I must not forget to talk about the steakhouse in Bariloche. Bariloche del Alberto is the best steakhouse around. There are several of them all within walking distance from one another in the city. I ordered 550 grams of steak. That is about a pound and a half tho it felt like more once I ate it. It goes great with a Quilmes cerveza
After celebrating the election, some travelers and I went out to a bar for some drinks. Bariloche has some great nightlife during the ski season, but we just headed towards a tavern. Got drunk with some Irish dudes we met and and sang a bunch of songs. I definitely beat them in car bombs several times. If Obama didn't change their perceptions of Americans then I certainly did. Needless to say, we were asked to leave the bar around 430am because they were closing!
Unfortunately, I didn't get to do any activities because the weather didn't hold up. But I grabbed some famous chocolate that was so good I am afraid to go back for more. I was going to have lunch in a well known restaurant here, but I didn't have enough patience to wait for an hour! So I headed for some street barbecues which I believe was probably better and less expensive. I paid 14 pesos for a soda, a choripon and a churassaco. What a deal! If in Bariloche you should head down for a walk on the pier by the lake. I think it would be more appropriate to call it an ocean because it is massive and the waves are furious. The water splashes up and gives you a refreshingly cold shower. Bariloche is beautiful. I hope to come back here one day so I can do some more outdoor activities. In retrospect, it is probably better I didn't do everything so I can save some money for BA and Rio.
Off to a 18 + hr bus ride to Bunoes Aires!