I love Bariloche. I reckon I could live here, easily. The town is full of chocolate shops and the landscapes here are out of this world. If you've ever visited the Lake District in the U.K. and loved it, then you'd adore it here. We're currently hanging out in our lodge-style hostel waiting for our coach later today.
While here we've managed to do some great walks. Unfortunately the weather and colds (first me, now Craig) have prevented us from getting out as much as we'd have liked but we're happy to have done what we have.
Our first walk took as round Cello Llao Llao where we had a picnic on a secluded beach, walked through forest, watched wild woodpeckers, ate snacks overlooking the mountain ranges and hiked to the top of Cello Llao Llao for panoramic views.
Our second walk was to a waterfall where we befriended a beautiful white dog we named Ghost, she walked with us all day and really felt like ours. Besides chasing off the birds and the occasional excited jump she was a joy and we were really sad to leave her behind. The waterfall was pretty and the forest was very atmospheric thanks to the rain and low cloud.
We were meant to do a big walk to Refugio Frey but had to cancel due to the weather so instead we drank artisan hot chocolates then hiked to the top of Cello Campanario which offered amazing views of the lakes, mountains and forests.
If it weren't for wanting to catch the end of the whale watching season in Puerto Madryn then we'd probably stay here even longer. We booked three nights and stayed a week, the longest we've stayed in one place on this trip so far. We will definitely be coming back.
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