Author: Mark Crosby

December 27-January 3: La Barca Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Well we made it to Buenos Aires! The marathon bus trip from San Carlos de Bariloche wasn’t too bad. The hotel is in an old building, probably 100+ years old. The doors are 3 meters high and the ceilings at least a meter above that. The high ceilings are supposed help keep things cooler when it is hot out. We will be putting that theory to the test is a couple of days. The temperature is supposed be in the mid-30s Saturday. I know friends and family dealing with -20 degrees currently might not have too much sympathy for us. 🙂

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Llao Llao

Llao Llao. In a Spanish speaking country like Argentina you might expect it to be pronounced “yao yao”, but around here it sounds more like “jao jao” when the locals say it. It is also the name of area west of Bariloche. There is a spectacular hotel there, reminiscent of the Banff Springs Hotel, a municipal park and hill that all share the Llao Llao moniker.

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December 22-26: San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Well we’ve made it to another country! After a longer than scheduled bus ride from Valdivia, Chile, we arrived in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina on Friday evening. This place reminds us a lot of Banff back in Alberta. There are beautiful mountains all around, many of them with snow on top still even though it is summer here. The water in Nahuel Huapi Lake is too cold to swim in, but it looks clean and blue. There are steady winds driving waves across it so the surface is choppy. This area has some of Argentina’s best skiing and is the home of its craft beer industry.

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December 18-22: Valdivia, Chile

Valdivia is a about 850 kilometers south of Santiago. The city is located about 15 kilometers inland at the confluence of the Calle-Calle and Cruces rivers. The climate is cooler, the temperatures have been about 10 degrees lower here compared to Santiago. We even had some rain today!

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