Saturday, 17 February 2007

El Bolson

Taking a break between treks we headed down to El Bolson, a small town about two hours from Bariloche. This place is Argentina's answer to Byron Bay, with loads of hippies, tourists and beautiful scenery - though in this case it's surrounded on all sides by snow covered mountains, rather than beaches. It's also the home of the country's best ice cream, and some very good microbreweries - making for a very happy Kat & Tom :)

We chilled out and didn't get up to a great deal - accommodation is particularly cheap (& good) here, so we had a great room at "Los Helechos". This place was great - double room, private bath, kitchen & garden for $30AUD a night. And that's the top end of town - I think you can get rooms on some of the nearby farms for about $4 a night. Given that it rained/snowed pretty heavily while we where here the splurge was worth it.

The main reason El Bolson is famous is for it's market, which is held every Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. About 300 (official) stall holders rock up, along with quite a few unofficial ones. Apart from the normal stuff you find at these sort of things (plenty of jewellery/wooden goods/home made jam), the microbreweries where well represented, along with some of the biggest waffles I've ever seen/eaten - just the thing for gaining back some of the calories we've been burning off :)

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