Moving north through Patagonia, we headed to Bariloche, Argentina. Bariloche is the spot for outdoors sports in Argentina: hiking, fishing, rafting, mountain biking, and skiing in the winter. It also has one of National Geographic’s Top Ten Views in the World (which is hyped up all over town, but it’s really pretty awesome).
Posts tagged: Trekking
If you’re in to hiking, backpacking, and general outdoorsy stuff…… get your ass to Patagonia. Patagonia is an area covering the southern Chile-Argentina border, comprising several national parks, amazing mountains, and an unreal number of glaciers. As you would expect, the weather at the bottom of the world is unpredictable and generally pretty crappy. Even during the southern hemisphere summer months it is not uncommon to have long periods of rain, high winds, and even snow at the higher elevations. During the winter conditions are even worse, with many areas impassible due to snow. Sounds pretty awesome, huh?
Huayna Potosi is a 6,088 meter tall mountain located about 1.5 hours from La Paz. If you’re interested in climbing a 6,000m+ mountain, this is the one (I don’t know anything about mountain climbing, but it seems like 6,000m is what makes it a “real” mountain). In La Paz there are a lot of tour agencies to choose from, many offer this climb. After asking around we choose Travel Tracks, and I would highly recommend them. The price was good, the guides were great, the equipment was great, and they really stress safety. The three day trip cost about $130, which is much less than comparable trips in Equador of Peru.
Arequipa is a touristy city located about 9 hours by bus to the south of Nazca. It’s a nice place, the architecture is really cool due to the use of a white, volcanic stone as the primary building material for much of the city. We stayed at a hostel called Le Foyer. It’s pretty quiet, had a good location, and only cost about $10 per night total for a double room with a shared bathroom.