Circuito Chico (short route) through San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
09.10.2008 33 °F
OH MY GOODNESS. I am in mere astonishment of the views from today. Today a Scottish Girl that is doing a round the world trip and I started out in the city´s center. I had done some talking with locals and asked what they would suggest we do around Bariloche before leaving--- everyone kept recommending "circuito chico"
So we caught local bus 20 and took it along the "circuito chico," well only part of the way as some of it is closed due to weather.
Circuito Chico is a scenic 65 kilometer loop following the lakeshore, winding through the mountains complete with fantastic vistas.
The views were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen in my life: snow capped mountains, crystal blue glacial lakes= soooo pretty. Take a look for yourself...
we stopped at a park before catching bus 20, this is in bariloche proper
hotel llao llao. this was on the the route we took. we had a coffee here, it was normal prices but lunch was near 100 US dollars. needless to say didnt eat there. Llao Llao I have heard in the most expensive hotel in Argentina. It is built between Moreno Lake and Nahuel Huapi lakes. Originally built in 1938, but caught fire and then rebuilt sometime later. I felt like I wasnt in Argentina anymore....
Km 26. "Puerto Pañuelo" (Handkerchief Port), we only stood ashore, but here there are catamaran trips to Victoria Island, Quetrihue Port ("Arrayanes" Forest), Blest Port (Frias Lake and crossing to Chile through Lagos). It was quite windy here and I was curious how cold the water was so I stuck a finger in, my conclusion it was COLD!
Jeny (the scottish girl) and I at Puerto Pañelo
me in front of part of the Nahuel Huapi lake on the circuito chico, near Handkercheif Port
Took a selfie in front of Lake Moreno
here´s a pic from atop Llao Llao
another beautiful pic of the mountains
Further on would have been a little Swiss Village, but the road wasnt passable. so elected to take the loop back the alternative being a few more buses and a lot more time. Regardless, the sites were amazing!
Thinking about going to Mendoza tomorrow and forgoing my plan to ski again. There´s a ski resort up near Mendoza that I could try. Havent decided yet.
Mendoza is wine country in Argentina. I love wine!
Love, Beauty and Adventure!