I arrived in Bariloche two days ago but needed a good rest day yesterday. So I just walked around in the streets of Bariloche, trying some chocolate in the abundant chocolate shops, buying finally a new (non inflatable) mattress. Oh I forgot, the morning was spent trying to get rid of the ants that invaded my hostel, at least I got a free laundry.
So this morning I first changed my hostel, for the great Penthouse 1004, a bit more expensive but real cozy with great views! Then I am off to take the public bus. Half an hour later I arrive at the bottom of Cerro Campanario. Another half an hour later I am already at the top of the hill, with amazing views on the lake area and strong wind. That was an easy one! Plus this stunning view for so little effort, I like 😉
I can see the mountains where I plan to go tomorrow for a 4 day hike and it looks amazing, I am already excited about the next trek! I can also see the area I am heading now, the Circuito Chico with all the lakes and hills. But first, walk back down and another kilometer to the bike rental.
Then I am off for some 30km, I am warned about the hilly terrain and that it will take at least 3h without stops (but you do want to stop often). It’s a strange but good feeling to be on a bike! I am so fast (well, comparatively to hiking, or when I am actually on a downhill section and not pedaling like crazy to get up the hill). I am surprised how easy it actually is, just when I think that now it’s getting tough, I can bike down again. Plus there are so many points to stop and admire the view that I kind of take a break every 5km.
The 2 bigger breaks are for lunch at Laguna Escondida and then close to the end at one of the (supposedly) best cervezerias in Argentina, Cervezeria Patagonia. For me a challenge as usually I don’t like beer. The only beer I like is “Berliner Weisse” (it has just a little bit of alcohol and isn’t bitter at all). I try my luck and order Patagonia Weisse, which has the smallest bitterness index. And I really like it! The atmosphere is so nice aby relaxed, sitting in the sun, listening to the music,…
But I still have some 45 minutes to go by bike and so I continue, just a little bit drunk (after a half pinte?). Another hill further I am at the highest point, admiring the view and then before I can realise it, I am already back at the bike station.
The bus takes me back to Bariloche where I organise a few things for my 3-4 day hike starting tomorrow. When I have dinner, Oliver comes back from a trip he did with a few others to the lake area. We go out for a drink and enjoy a nice evening before once more saying goodbye, he’s off to another destination tomorrow. I am also wondering why I didn’t run into the Dutch couple yet!? Well, maybe during the hike.