The long and winding road to Pucon – and back

18 03 2010

With big doubledecker busses you can travel through South America comfortably

With our super Chevrolet Corsa we drove from San Carlos de Bariloche to Pucon to climb the active volcano Villarica (2800m). On the way you pass Volcano Lanin – which we could not see because of low clouds. The dirt road through the Lanin Park shows the not so good relation between Argentina and Chile – the road is in ok condition but not something you want to drive on for hours and hours.

You drive over small bridges without railings and just wide enough wooden planks your tyres will barely hit them.

Wooden bridges without railings mean straight steering

What is called in the map “pavement in construction” means only construction – pavement you won’t see. Therefore we chose on the way back a “Consilidatet Rooad” which was worse than a dirt road – but we hit an unspoilt landscape and remote lakes which was worth the long and unnerving drive on paths you would have needed a 4×4. The border posts we passed were looking at our Corsa shaking their heads. Their comments on the following miles of dirt road were: very rattling.

The border post coming back to Argentina was so small that the guys had to take their handbook on how to fill out the papers when you pass the frontier in a car.

But we were rewarded with endless views of glistening lakes, snowcapped mountain summits and ongoing green lush forests – stunning.

Kim disvovered her rallye driving ambitions and was named Röhrlquast by me. The Chevi Corsa and us made it safe and sound – don’t ask me how – back to Bariloche to our nice hostel Perikos.

The day after we hit the road again – in a comfy bus rolling relaxed to Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina.

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Reunion at Bariloche

17 03 2010

After my trip back to Germany Kim and me met again at Bariloche (a three hours flight west of Buenos Aires), known for it’s outdoor activities and skiing possibilities in the Argentinean winter.

Kim gave me a lift from the (also very small) airport of Bariloche with our new rental car – first name Chevrolet (wow), second name Corsa (ok – it was a Opel Corsa …. German readers know exactly what I am talking about).

A quick hop on the local mountain with the funny name of Cerro Otto and an antique cable car of Austrian provenience. Our local Wallberg-Bahn is a liitle younger than the Cerro Otto cableway I suppose.

View back to Lake Nahue

Austrian gondolas on the Argentinean Cerro Otto

Mountaiuns around Bariloche and lake Nahuel

Bariloche is a typical tourist mountain lake outdoor activity town with strong winds barely used for watersports on the lake Naihuel (1 windsurfer, 1 kitesurfer – could it be because of the cold water temperatures???!!!). The surrounding mountains are perfect for hiking and climbing.

But as often – not enough time. Our plan was to drive to Pucon/Chile the next day.