Bariloche, our last destination with mum and dad before they flew back to New Zealand in October.
The Fonoglio’s were the first family to open a chocolate factory in Bariloche and apparently Bariloche is where the chocolate en Rama or as we know it in Australia and NZ the Flake chocolate was invented, if you are there on a weekday you can watch the chocolate making in action, if you get there on the weekend you can walk through the museum with a complementary cup of hot chocolate and learn some interesting facts.
El Tren de Bariloche City Tour.
This tour is 50 pesos each and takes you not only around the city itself but behind the city and into the suburbs, the last stop being at another chocolate factory with yet another hot chocolate to greet you with. The tour is guided in Spanish and leaves from the town centre, you can ask the information centre if you can’t find it.
Asociación Paleontologica Bariloche (Waterfront of Lake Nahuel Huapi, Cnr 12 de Octubre ave and Calle Sarmiento)
This place doesn’t look like a traditional museum, more like a hobbyist’s back shed but it is full of treasures dating back to 300 million years ago. Mainly fossils from around the south of Argentina but also including some insect and flora fossils from other parts of the world. Worth a look.
Hosteria Nogare (Elflein 62)
This is where we stayed for the next week after the place we found on airbnb, We had a bit of trouble finding a place as it happened we arrived again in the middle of student festivities and most of the hotels were booked out with students. We were lucky however with Hosteria Nogare, the workers there are AMAZING, friendly, helpful, the rooms are super clean and the breakfast is pretty good as well including regional jams with toasts. Highly Recommended.
Covita, Cocina Natural (O’connor 511, in front of cathedral)
Yummy Vegetarian restaurant right opposite the cathedral, they have a daily menu which we all had which happened to be 35 pesos ($6.72 aud) each for a glass of either homemade raspberry or lemonade, vegetable pat tie, beetroot dip, roast vegetables and salad.
Teleferico Cerro Otto
You can buy a ticket from the centre of town for this trip, they are situated in a little wooden cabin on the street opposite Aerolineas Argentinas. The ticket is 100 pesos ($19.20 aud) per person and includes the bus trip there and back, and the return teleferico ride to the top of the mountain and back. At the top there is an amazing view, a gallery with life sized reproductions of a few of Michelangelo’s statues including ‘David’ and a rotating restaurant which is nice enough but the food not that great, and pretty expensive.
Hotel Llao Llao
This place is pretty amazing! It was a bit out of our price range to stay at being a luxury Hotel and Golf Resort, but you can always pretend. The Restaurant is open to the public so we decided to take a bus and have lunch there, Silver plater service for toasted sandwiches, hot chocolate once again and a look around the hotel and grounds. The buses too and from the town run every 20 minutes and there is a stop right outside the hotel.
It is a pretty, secluded little village with a few artisan shops and restaurants and also 2-3 times a week there is an artisan fair, It pays to find out when this is on as it could be quite boring here coming on a day when nothing is happening and the bus’s don’t run so often. You can buy jewellery, chocolate, beers and there is a traditional swiss underground roast as well on certain days which you can try. Because this isn’t vegetarian we decided on lunch at the elaborately wood carved restaurant of ‘Las Siete Cabritas’ where the vegetarians enjoyed wok vegetables and the non vege’s Guiso of lentils and fish.
If you walk to the end of the town and past the camping grounds you will get to the lake which is Beautiful and peaceful seen as it isn’t that visible to see how to get to it.
Villa La Angostura is another pretty little town only 1 hour 15 minutes from Bariloche 36 pesos ($7 aud) per person by bus each way. At the end of November 2011 the area was covered in ash when the Chilean volcano ‘Puyehue’ exploded, but the tourism is starting to come back and they have made the most of a bad situation by crafting the ash in to collectables and souvenirs.
All the people in the restaurants and shops seemed to be super friendly, the man in the chocolate shop we went to said that the motto of Villa La Angostura was that you can try anything without compromise, so he fed us lots of free chocolate and of course we bought a box to share too.
El Boliche de Alberto, Pastas (Corner Villegas and Elfein)