7.Puerto Panhuel to Bariloche

For completeness I will add this last bus section but it took the edge off of what had been a wonderful experience.

What on a clear road should have been a thirty minute journey was closer to 1.5 hours. Bariloche is full at this time of the year as many from the hotter humid north take there summer vacations. The road into Bariloche was choked with cars returning after a days excursion into the mountains. Add to that the bus stopping en route to despatch its passengers at various hotels. Because of the narrow and very hilly streets in Bariloche I was dropped at the nearest junction.

My pre trip fitness regime now came to the fore as I climbed the road for 100 metres before flattening out for another 100. I was relieved to reach the door if my hostel but the pain had only just begun. The hostel was built on an almost vertical hill and there were 70+ steps from street level to my bedroom.

I had a beer then passed out on my bed waking at 6am fully dressed with the lights on.

The benefit in the morning was the view from my bedroom window and hostel terrace.

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Across the Andes to Bariloche

When I planned my itinerary the CruceAndino was one of the things top of my list. But there was a problem, a single journey either has to start in Chile, and once there I would have to somehow return to Argentina. To fly to BA from Puerto Montt one has to fly via Santiago and there are very flew flights from Puerto Montt into other Argentine cities.  My solution was the irregular, and as it turned out, twin otter flight from Ushuaia to Puerto Montt and then re-enter Argentina at a crossing point, by road high in the Andes.

CruceAndino provides a bus, boat, bus, boat, bus, boat, bus service tha sets off from Purto Varas at 8.30am and supposedly arrives at Bariloche 12 hours later but in my case almost not until 10pm.

I was lucky. During the day I did not see a single cloud and the organisation of getting one on and off of vehicles, taking care of luggage through until the final destination and stopping en route on single track dirt roads for all for to take pictures

Because of the length of time, the change in scenery and the amount of imagery captured I will dedicate one blog per sector.