Katie's Live and Unleashed 05/06 Worldwide Tour travel blog

Entering Patagonia

Patagonian lunch stop

Linguini @ Linguini's

Bariloche High Street

Lago Nahuel Huapi

Lago Nahuel Huapi and ski mountains

Lago Nahuel Huapi (2)

Golf course setting at Llao Llao

Ski mountain range

Camping in the cold

Even the fire didn't help much

Off to the loo!

Looks much more beautiful than it actually was!

Driving through Patagonia

Pit stop


Route 40

Unpredicatable weather changes

Free camp in garage garden

Route 40 from the bus

Start of Glacial area

The Argentinean portion of Patagonia is 800,000Km2, of which Bariloche is the scenic northern-most city, located within the Lake District on the southern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi, and perched upon a glacial moraine at the foot of Cerro Otto. A ski resort in winter, but now a pretty Alpine-looking, modern resort, renowned for it's chocolate industry, attracting walkers to the stunning Patagonian lakes and mountains. A very barren and treeless landscape, Patagonia was described by naturalist Charles Darwin as "wretched and useless", possibly because from here the climate turned and the wind was bitter and strong with much lower temperatures.

Our hostel was 4Km out of town, along the Av. Bustillo, so we walked lots, and headed up to Llao-Llao at Km25.5 where we walked to KM17. The walk turned out to be a much less attractive along the road than expected so jumped on the bus to visit the chocolate shop. Here they demonstrated how it was made, then gave out freebies...we ate until we could eat no more!! Then indulged in a cheese and meat fondue!

The drive to El Chalten took a full 3 days (condensed from 4 on the itinerary) with both free-camps (pulling off the road and setting up tents where there is nothing else!) the coldest so far and totally in the middle of nowhere just off Route 40. But colder was to come...

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