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