For the past couple days we’ve been camping at Los Coihues, a short drive from San Carlos de Bariloche (or just “Bariloche” for short). We managed to camp next to a nice couple from Winthrop, Washington, who are doing a similar route to us, although in reverse, and are even on the same time frame (they arrived a week before us and will be departing a week before us). They are traveling primarily by bus so they don’t have a stellar camper van to show off, but so far we have seen two other Wicked Campers on the road. One was a Bob Marley/marijuana theme, the other one we passed too quickly to process what was happening with its paint job.
On Wednesday we went on a short hike up to Cerro Campanario to stretch our legs and take in the views of several surrounding lakes and mountains. We also went for a drive around a nearby loop road to continue sightseeing from several viewpoints along the way.
Today we hiked from our campsite up to Refugio Emilio Frey, which is an alpine hut in the mountains southwest of Bariloche. While it was less than 3000 feet of elevation gain, it ended up being a 15-ish mile trek and surely tested our feet and legs as we haven’t been as active with hiking lately. It was a good test for future hikes we are planning although I’m fairly certain we’ll both be sore tomorrow….and the next day.
Below are a selection of pictures from our hike today, for which Alastair gets full credit (really, he gets credit for a lot of the pictures I’ve been posting). I’ve somehow managed to leave out his pictures of rock climbing routes and of the rock climbers we watched while resting at the refugio. Hmm, weird.
We’ll spend another day or two in the same area, then pack up and continue south toward El Bolsón.