On the way to Puerto Iguazù we had a couple of hours stop over at the Buenos Aires domestic airport (Jorge Newbery). There wasn’t time enough to plan some visit to a museum or to reach the city centre, so we decided to go to the Japanese Gardens, which were just behind the airport. It was a very sunny day so we had 30 minutes walk to there.
San Carlos de Bariloche (days 14-17)
1574 km from Buenos Aires
Travel agency: Bariloche Select
13 km from the airport, Bariloche is just about 70 km from the pacific ocean (vs the 1500 from the Atlantic) with stronger connections to Chile than the distant city of Buenos Aires. It takes its name from the Mapuche language (the indigenous people) meaning “people who live behind the mountain” being situated surrounded by the mountains, with one side overlooking the massive Nahuel Huapí lake. This peculiar position gives to Bariloche unique climatic condition, allowing snow over the mountains during the winter.
That’s why Bariloche is one of the most important ski resorts of the South America and it has also been inhabited by middle europeans such as Austrians, Germans and even the Swiss (there still a Colonia Suiza a few km from the city centre) over the centuries and now the city is well known as the Argentinian Swiss!
Before travelling to Bariloche I had been fascinated by an article about the Huemul project: the secret project of a German/Austrian scientist who in the 50s convinced Peron that he could produce nuclear energy in some strange way, different from the others. The project was very expensive but it has never been finished and now the Huemul island has been abandoned with all its facilities, mysteries and secrets! Unfortunately it’s not possible to reach the island unless you know someone with a boat around there!
I’ve never been in a snowy place like Andermatt!
The first time I’ve been there was Christmas 2011: it snowed so much during the week that I was only able to go the slopes 2 or 3 days as there was too much snow for my low snowboarding level..well I like snowboarding but i’m a bit lazy so I prefer not to run the risk of being stuck in the middle of nowhere covered with snow till the bellybutton!
There was so many snow that i couldn’t stop to take photos of it all:
El Calafate (days 10-13)
2.761 km from Buenos Aires
Travel agencies: Huellas del Sur
You can reach the city by flying to the city airport, by bus or car (follow the Ruta 40)
When you arrive in the city you can’t avoid to say a big WOW: you’ll be in front of one of the biggest lakes of South America (Argentino Lake)… and it’s really impressive! I mean, I grew up in a town 70% surrounded by the sea. And now I live in Switzerland where you cann0t really miss lakes, but i had never seen such a big lake, so colourful and quiet.
El Calafate is a pretty town with the usual main road with nice little houses and lots of bar, restaurants and tourist shops.