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Trip Report My trip report. Six weeks in Argentina and Chile

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This report is overdue... but here goes.
In this trip report I will share my most memorable moments and information from my outstanding trip to Argentina and Chile that I recently completed. As you know, there have been many fantastic trip reports, many of which helped me to dcide that I wanted to make my own journey there!
SO I will try not to repeat too much from the other sources already out there .

The good news is that my experiences may be a bit different than others, so perhaps you'll find some 'new news' you can enjoy.
I'm not much of a foodie, so don't have much to report on restaurants. And my budget led me to explore mostly (wonderful ) B&B's as opposed to hotels. So I was off the beaten path a bit.
I trust you will find points of interest in this report.. expecially related to the marvellous week I spent exploring the Patagonia Lake district around Bariloche.

First of all, I could not have done this trip without the help of Isabel in Buenos Aires.
contact@buenosaires-tours.com.ar
In my opinion she is the best travel agent in all of Argentina !! She is fabulous and worked very hard in helping me plan this 6 week trip. I highly recommend her.

I flew Toronto to Santiago Chile, and spent a few days in this area. Do not miss Valparaiso. The houses perched on the cliffs and the steep streets are amazing, and I loved wandering all around the streets.

I then took my first long bus ride, to Mendoza. The ride through the Andes was breathtaking. I was so excited to be seeing the Andes. The 8 hours want by in a flash.
And there I was in Mendoza. Hot , hot Mendoza. Oh my goodness it was hot.

The next day, I had arranged a tour up into the mountains, and also on the tour, fellow Canadians, MsLizzy and Mr. What a wonderful day !
I was the only one on the bus to get altitude sickness.. so that was another new experience. I was disappointed ...no one offered me any leaves to chew!!

I headed south and spent a few days in San Rafael, not really a touristy town. But it was on my tour of the Acuel Canyon that I went rafting for the first time in my life. Oh how exciting. I loved it!

My next stop was Bariloche in the Lake District of Patagonia.
This would be my first overnight bus ride and I was a little anxious about it. Would I sleep? Would my 'stuff ' be safe?
I arrived at the bus station with time to spare at 11:20 pm. Not my favourite time to be at a bus station. The bus did not come at the appointed time... I sat there as people left on their buses. A few people remained... and finally an hour later , my bus arrived.
I was pleasantly surprised. I had been told that the buses were great... but I was not prepared for the comfortable leather reclining seat. It was late, so I went right to sleep.
In the morning, breakfast was served. .. a light continental breakfast. and coffee.
I watched a movie.
Then they made an announcement and I didn't know what they were saying. I found out... to pass the time, we would now be playing bingo!! Yes we did. They called out the numbers on the PA system. so funny.

I spent the night in Bariloche, and very early the next morning I was ready for the much anticipated boat, bus tour through the Andes to Chile .
Ahh, it was fantastic. The trip is 4 buses and 3 boats, and crosses right over to Puerto Varas Chile.
The weather was a bit rainy, but still beautiful.
I chose the option of staying halfway across and completing the trip the second day.
There are many tours available at the hotel in Puella. I was going to do one til I saw how big the horseflies were. I don't know if they are always around but they were awful enough to keep me in my room , relaxing for the afternoon.

The next morning the tour continued on , and as we approached Puerto Varas, we could see Osorno Volcano in the distance.

I spent a few days in Puerto Varas, a cute town on the Chile side.
Then it was time to take a bus back through the Andes again, to Bariloche. I did not get tired of the mountains at all. I loved them.

To be cont.....

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