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Back to Bariloche for the glaciers!

Glaciers and snow capped mountains

sunny 28 °C

When we arrived in Bariloche and found we couldn't go that day went straight away to book for the bus the next morning - then hung out in Bariloche for the day:

IMG_0261.jpg Laguna Nahuel Huappi from our hostel

IMG_0266.jpg Chilling in Bariloche's park

IMG_0269.jpg Church in Bariloche

IMG_0270.jpg Josh and Rob playing with the canons!

The bus took us on a 2.5hour journey to Pampa Linda, a little gathering of refugios and hotels at the bottom of Mount Tronador, a 3200m snow capped peak. We had decided to go for the hard option and rather than just see the glaciers from below on a short day walk we opted to walk up to the refugio about half way up the mountain, where 2 of the glaciers were right next to and either side of the refugio. The walk was lovely, apart from the huge horseflies they are swarmed with here. There were parts of the walk with small inclines and other with difficult inclines, so it was nice and varied. We were glad to finally get there, take off our shoes and packs and watch the glaciers from the rocks outside the refugio, hoping to see some of the ice fall off. The noise is like thunder and is where Monte Tronador, literally Thunder Mountain, gets its name. We unfortunately didn't see any fall from the 2 glaciers that were in view from the refugio, but frequently heard it from another glacier, which was falling lots at the time.

IMG_0325.jpg Pampa Linda, at the bottom of the mountain

IMG_0272.jpg Pampa Linda

IMG_0273.jpg View of Mount Tronador

IMG_0284.jpg Josh and Rob walking up

IMG_0279.jpg [i]Mount Tronador

IMG_0291.jpg Looking out over the Pampa Linda Valley

IMG_0281.jpg View of the Pampa Linda valley from Mount Tronador

IMG_0289.jpg The 3 of us near the glaciers

IMG_0292.jpg Me and one of the glaciers

IMG_0294.jpg Josh and Rob hiking the snowy slopes

IMG_0299.jpg The Refugio on Mount Tronador

IMG_0298.jpg View of one of the glaciers from the refugio

IMG_0319.jpg One of the glaciers near the refugio

Josh and Rob cooked our winning spaghetti meal again, but were disappointed that we had to eat it with conventional cutlery as we had no plastic bottles to make their eating invention - i'll let them fill everyone in on that one, lol! We sat up watching the stars then headed for the room of matresses, which was to be our bed along with maybe 50 other people who had decided to stay at the refugio rather than hire a tent. They just lay mattresses all over the floor of the upstairs room and allocated 7 people 4 mattresses between them - needless to say it wasn't a cold night in that room!

IMG_0302.jpg Mount Tronador - nearly sunset

270_IMG_0305.jpg Sunset on Mount Tronador

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IMG_0313.jpg Walking down

IMG_0327.jpg View of the Black Glacier from Pampa Linda

We walked back down with Steve and Andrew, 2 guys we had met up the mountain and all went out together that night when we got back to Bariloche. The 5 of us, plus 2 girls Erina and Chelsea that the boys knew, went round some bars and then went to Dusk, a club in Bariloche. We danced the night away and didn't get back til 6.30am. I don't know where the time went, but the next day we were all rather achey and tired from 2 days of walking and dancing!
We knew we wanted to move on from Bariloche ASAP, so we decided that we couldn't miss the wildlfie on the coast seeing as we had come down this far south, so booked the bus to Peninsula Valdes for the next evening.

Posted by BlondSuzie 11:40 Archived in Argentina

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