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Argentina: San Carlos de Bariloche

By , January 6, 2011 6:04 am
View Of Llao Llao

View Of Llao Llao

We have been very fortunate to have friends and family join us along the way. It does take a little more planning and coordination, but it’s always wonderful to see familiar faces.

Getting to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina was a bit of a pain as two of our flights got cancelled. While the airline did hook us up with 5-star accommodations, all expenses paid, we were just eager to get to Bariloche because our friend, Amy, from San Francisco was meeting us there. Two days later than planned, we finally arrived.

Cooking Together With Old Pal, Amy & New Buddy, Hannes

Cooking Together With Old Pal, Amy & New Buddy, Hannes

Our first reaction to Bariloche was not so positive. It is a very popular holiday spot among the fortunate Argentineans. The city has all the first world amenities and English is well understood so we felt right back at home. Because we have been accustomed to travelling in 3rd world countries, we were taken back a bit by the high prices and how easy everything was.

View From Our Bedroom At 1004 Penthouse Hostel

View From Our Bedroom At 1004 Penthouse Hostel

Boris & Hannes Enjoying A Beer And The View

Boris & Hannes Enjoying A Beer And The View

One of the great perks of traveling with holiday-goers is because of their limited time, everything is well researched before arriving. With Amy, we just took the backseat to planning. She found a great hostel, 1004 Penthouse. It was on the top floor of the tallest building in Bariloche so that meant amazing views. The vibe and the people of the hostel were awesome so we highly recommend this place.

Every night, we either cooked at the hostel or dined out. If you like meat, Bariloche is your city and parillas are a great way to try wonderful meats like bife de lomo or chorizo; we especially liked the lamb.

Dinner With New Friends

Dinner With New Friends

Lamb, Our Favorite

Lamb, Our Favorite

At the end of the night, we always did a supermarket run for wine. Wine was inexpensive and it was nice to chill out with new friends while sipping on a new kind of wine. We were most impressed with the Chilean wines and overall, Malbec was good.

To explore the popular El Circuito Chico (the Short Circuit), we rented bicycles for the day. It was just refreshing to be in the outdoors and be wowed by the picturesque landscape around Lake Nahuel Huapi. It took us about 5 hours to bike the loop. I admit it was pretty tough for me. I got so tired of pedaling that whenever we went up hill, I walked it up. Boris, however, was a super trooper and pedaled the entire way. If you have time, make a tea stop at the super luxurious hotel, Llao Llao, and say hello to Paola for us.

Me & Frenchie

Me & Frenchie

Lookout Point

Lookout Point

Mountain Ranges All Around Us

Mountain Ranges All Around Us

Along with the folks we met at the hostel, we hiked Cerro Catedral, but didn’t make it all the way to the Frey refugee because it started to snow. It was still a very nice easy hike. Thanks to Hannes for redirecting us on the way back as Boris and I started to take the difficult path into the bushes.

Hikking @ Cerro Catedral

Hikking @ Cerro Catedral

Panoramic View

Panoramic View

Cerro Catedral

Cerro Catedral

Bariloche ended up being a very relaxing spot for us. It was a great stop before heading out to the active city of Buenos Aires. Also, don’t forget to try the chocolates.

A Carancho

A Carancho

Lake View From El Circuito Chico

Lake View From El Circuito Chico

Alpine Church

Alpine Church

Lunch At Lago Perito Moreno

Lunch At Lago Perito Moreno

Beautiful Views Everywhere

Beautiful Views Everywhere

What We Paid: Argentine
Pesos
USD Euro
– Triple @ 1004 Penthouse Hostel
[shared room, shared facilities, great views, great vibe, friendly staff, highly recommend]
47/pp 11.85 9
– Public Bus
[bus 20 To Campanero For El Circuito Chico, bus 26 To Cerro Catedral, bus 72 for airport]
6/pp 1.50 1.15
– Parilla At El Boliche de Alberto [highly recommend] 51/pp 12.85 9.80
– Splurge For Dinner At Tarquino 133/pp 33.50 25.55

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Peru: The Divine City Of Cuzco

By , December 13, 2010 4:00 am
View From Our Hostel

View From Our Hostel

While adjusting to life back on land, the last thing we wanted to do was to take a long bus ride so after some debate, we purchased a first class flight (cheaper than economic seats) from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Cuzco, Peru. It was both our first time sitting in first class and after being wined, dined, and wined again in our electronic beds, we didn’t want to get off the plane!

Me & Frenchie Being Wined and Dined Up In The Air

Me & Frenchie Being Wined and Dined Up In The Air

MuiMui Enjoying Her Seat-Turned-Into-Bed

MuiMui Enjoying Her Seat-Turned-Into-Bed

We took the local bus from the airport to the center ($0.60 soles each compared to a $15 taxi) and received the VIP gringo treatment from the locals onboard, who generously gave us the front seats while they were all tightly squeezed in the back of the van.

From our landing into Cuzco to our arrival into Plaza de Armas, we were completely wowed. The mountainous landscape and the city’s charm appealed to us to us right away.

The Andes

The Andes

Streets Of Cuzco

Streets Of Cuzco

We had heard from many travelers that Cuzco was a lot more expensive than other cities but we kept to our same routine of eating lunch specials and negotiating everything, so we didn’t see much of a difference. However, when it came to splurging, we ate enough for 4 people. At Two Nations restaurant, run by an Australian and Peruvian couple, the burgers are huge and delicious, but our favorites by far was the Alpaca tenderloin and quinoa risotto.

Alpaca Tenderloin With Quinoa Risotto

Alpaca Tenderloin With Quinoa Risotto

Two Nations Giant Burger

Two Nations Giant Burger

Mate de Coca

Mate de Coca

From the high-end boutique shops to the local marketplace, it is a great city to roam around in and do some shopping. We both picked up cozy Alpaca sweaters and stocked up on a few things we needed for the cold climate.

Shopping!

Shopping!

Fruit Juice Vendors At Mercado San Pedro

Fruit Juice Vendors At Mercado San Pedro

Since we were enjoying ourselves so much, we left the details of getting to Machu Picchu for the last minute. We ended up at the train ticket office late one evening (next to McDonald’s). By chance or fate, we met Ash, from Canada, while in line. He was trying to get to the same place as us and after a few minutes of talking, we all clicked so well that the three of us hung out for the rest of our time in Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

Alley in Cuzco

Alley in Cuzco

Locals Dressed For Tips

Locals Dressed For Tips

Coricancha: Temple of the Sun

Coricancha: Temple of the Sun

Morning Procession At Plaza de Armas

Morning Procession At Plaza de Armas

Church of the Society of Jesus

Church of the Society of Jesus

What We Paid: Peruvian
Soles
USD eRate Euro eRate
– Local Bus From Airport to Center 0.60 0.20 0.15
– Private Double Room at Hostel:
private bathroom, wifi, free breakfast
40 14 10
– Lunch 5 1.75 1.25
– Dinner At Two Nations 30 11 7.50

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