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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.
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 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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