Patagonia trip day 2
29 July, 2015
Day 2: The conveniently volcano-shaped clouds
Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche (303 km / 4 hours)
The day we woke up in Bariloche was beautiful BUT with some intermittent cloud cover (relevance of this to follow). Benjamin wanted to buy shoes and Cristobal had some car papers to take care of. We split up and agreed to meet up a bit later downtown Puerto Varas. Puerto Varas sits on the edge of Lago Llanquihue. On the far side of the lake, Volcán Osorno and Volcán Villarrica tower above. Volcán Villarrica actually had activity earlier in 2015 which received coverage around the world. I walked towards town around the lake and along the way met a fisherman who caught a salmon while I stood there. Fishing is very popular in that area, all of the sports stores had a significant fishing section.
After a delicious sandwich at Danes (actually it was quite possibly the best sandwich of my life), we loaded up and headed towards Bariloche, Argentina! The border between Chile and Argentina is a mountain pass with a gate on both sides. Leaving Chile was fast and then we drove for probably about 40 minutes towards Argentina. At the summit of the pass was a nice little viewpoint but we didn't wander around a lot because there was a few feet of snow everywhere. To enter Argentina I needed to pay a reciprocity fee of $92 US which apparently I was meant to do online but I was luckily helped by a very pretty Argentinian border agent. Once in Argentina we drove to Bariloche where we spent the night at the Hostel Inn Bariloche. We grabbed a meal downtown and I tried Fernet, a classic Argentinian mixed drink. I'll stick with beer.I've upped my photo-game; I now use the crop function in Photoshop so you can look forward to that (ha).