Moving house again….leaving Bariloche
The day soon arrived that it was time for us to move house once more. We would be homeless again for a day until we settled back into our apartment in Buenos Aires. We were grateful to be going back to the same place, providing some familiarity.
We took our time doing the last bit of packing and enjoying our last breakfast in the quaint hotel restaurant before going to the reception to check out. As we were finishing our coffee, a bright rainbow appeared, saying goodbye and eventually heralding the end of the rain.
Driving through the Amfiteatro Rio Limay (Limay River Amphitheatre)
Having cut our drive short the day before due to the shocking weather, we decided to make the most of the improved weather and take a scenic drive before heading to the airport. We had 4 hours to kill before the agreed time to meet the rental car agent, allowing us to revisit the road that we’d arrived by bus. This time we’d have the opportunity to stop and take some photos.
After going through the town and across the Rio Limay, we followed the road as it meandered along the river bank. We stopped at a viewpoint that gave us magnificent views of the Amfiteatro Rio Limay.
Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley)
As we continued along the river, the scenery changed from trees and grass, with rocky outcrops appearing on the tops of the hills. Soon we reached the Valle Encantado, a valley surrounded by gigantic rocks of all shapes and sizes. Sadly, we found it impossible to capture the magnitude of said structures on camera, but we marvelled once more at the colossal formations reaching up far into the sky.
Our best (and cheapest) hot chocolate
We had to turn around and backtrack to get back to the airport. We stopped off to take a photo over the lake to Bariloche town, and while we were there we were privileged to see two magnificent Condors flying directly overhead and landing on the fence posts across the road. Wow!!
After putting in petrol, we had half an hour to waste, so we stopped off at a little roadside chocolate shop for hot chocolate. The owner made a mean hot chocolate, and when we started chatting to him (sign language / English / Spanish), he brought out a few samples for us to taste. One of those little memory making highlights that we’ll never forget.