South America travels! Day 2- Bariloche

 Hello friends!

Following my small teaser on Day 1 of my South America travels, let’s jump right into Day 2, shall we? 😀

After a fun-filled day of exploring the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, my brother and I caught a flight to a quaint little town in the Patagonia region, called San Carlos de Bariloche.
Bariloche is located in the southwest region of Argentina and is surrounded by the Andes Mountains, with magnificent glacial lakes, including Lake Nahuel Huapi, Lake Perito Moreno, and the Llao Llao peninsula. The flight is roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes from Buenos Aires to Bariloche. The town is well known for its hiking which was our main reason for the trip, although I will say that the temperature was very chilly, due to the fact that we were so near to the mountains and because it was the beginning of the fall season, so be sure to bundle up if you choose to visit this time of year!
We stayed at The Greenhouse hostel, and loved every minute of our stay- the hosts were extremely friendly and helpful with our questions and even provided suggestions/recommendations on the must-see sights and hikes!
 Below are some photos of the lovely view with the outlines of the mountains which can be seen while having breakfast. The hostel offers complimentary breakfast, including toast, jam, butter, dulce de leche (a popular product of Argentina!), cereal, milk, coffee/tea and juice- a great bite to grab and go!

The Greenhouse hostel

Gorgeous breakfast view
Cozy living room with lookout to the mountains

Once we put down our bags, we eagerly set out on the journey to Cerro Campanario. In Bariloche, hitchhiking is quite common; in fact, even the locals do it! So Luke and I decided to try it, but after 20 minutes of waiting and no such luck, we opted for the local transit instead. The bus takes you directly to the base of Cerro Campanario, and hikers can make their way up the trails to the top (1,039 metres) for the most incredible sights. The hike is roughly 30 minutes and is completely free, however, there is a fee for the chairlift, for those who prefer to enjoy the scenery while ascending to the top. There is also a mountaintop café to sip your coffee and relax while enjoying the breathtaking picture perfect view!

At the base of Cerro Campanario

During the hike, I felt hot and took off layers of clothing, but once at the top, it was unbearably cold due to the altitude. People frequently warm up at the café which sells empanadas, desserts, beverages and even souvenirs! I was inclined to purchase a magnet, but then I thought that since I had done the hike myself, and took such beautiful photos of the landscapes, then I could simply create my own magnet- it has more a more meaningful and personal touch and magnets also make for great and inexpensive trinkets for family and friends! Coming back to the topic of cold temperatures, I do stress the importance of being prepared with proper clothing and be sure to wear layers if you decide to visit!

While the photos don’t do it justice, I’d like to share with you some pictures of the amazing, unspoiled and unforgettable hike to Cerro Campanario!! 🙂

360 degree view of the mountains and lakes

I highly recommend this hike for all you nature lovers and adventure seekers, and even those of you who are beginners, as this hike is not an intensive one but certainly one worth checking out for all hike levels!

That’s it for now! I hope you enjoyed reading through Day 2 of my South America adventures 🙂

Stay tuned for Day 3, where I share our experience of hiking 13 km in the freezing rain!!

Talk soon!

~ Lissy

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