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Leaving Pategonia from beautiful Bariloche

After our quick adventure into Chilean Patagonia, we had to travel back into Argentina to travel north. Before we left the country completely, we decided to stay a few days in the lake-side town of San Carlos de Bariloche before crossing the border back into Chile for good.

What I hadn't realised until we travelled there, is that southern Chile is a fragmented archipelago of islands and you can't travel north from Puerto Natales by bus, so we travelled back into Argentina and up to Bariloche

What I hadn’t realised until we travelled there, is that southern Chile is a fragmented archipelago of islands and you can’t travel north from Puerto Natales by bus, so we travelled back into Argentina and up to Bariloche

We’d heard that Bariloche, which is in the very north of Argentina’s Pategonia, was beautiful and we were pleased to find that we’d heard right. The town itself is pretty, with Alpine-style buildings, making it seem more like a Swiss ski village than a town in Argentina.

Beautiful Bariloche by night

Beautiful Bariloche by night

But, as with everywhere in Patagonia, it’s the magnificent scenery that blows you away. Wanting to get a view of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the town, we chose to visit one of the many viewpoints around the area and took a chair lift up over the rich-smelling pine forest to the top of Cerro Campanario.

Never having been on a chair lift, this was an experience within itself!

Never having been on a chair lift, this was an experience within itself!

As soon as we’d passed the tree-line, the view was absolutely breath-taking. The town is surrounded by a number of beautiful azure lakes, which mirror the backdrop of snowy mountains. It was so beautifully perfect it just didn’t seem real.

Breathtaking views from the peak

Breathtaking views from the peak

Some of the view from the top of the mountain. This amazing panorama surrounded us a complete 360 degrees!

Some of the view from the top of the mountain. This amazing panorama surrounded us a complete 360 degrees!

There's a little cafe up there on the mountain and we shared a hot chocolate while enjoying amazing views like this out of the window

There’s a little cafe up there on the mountain and we shared a hot chocolate while enjoying amazing views like this out of the window

To cap off our day of beauty, we decided we needed to sample a world-famous Argentine steak. We went to an amazing little place called Alto el Fuego and ate the best steak either of us has ever had polished off with a bottle of Argentinian Malbec (of course)!

Another revelation was Chimichurri – we’d not heard of it beforehand, but this mouthwatering mildly-spicy herb sauce (which is traditionally served in Argentina with grilled meats) was fantastic and I’ve made a mental note never to eat steak without it again.

Another revelation was Chimichurri – we’d not heard of it beforehand, but this mouthwatering mildly-spicy herb sauce (which is traditionally served in Argentina with grilled meats) was fantastic and I’ve made a mental note never to eat steak without it again.

Something strange about the town is that there are a curious number of artisan chocolate shops (where I got to spend our few remaining pesos) – I was in heaven.

I was like... a kid in a chocolate shop!

I was like… a kid in a chocolate shop!

It was a fantastic end to our experience of Argentina. Great views, delicious steak and chocolate – what’s not to like?

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