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Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche is a gem of a place, a vacation destination for Argentinians, and a destination to add to your bucket list. Bariloche is part of Nahuel Huapi National Park and is known for its amazing lake and mountain views, skiing, hiking, rafting, biking, and chocolate shops. People come to Bariloche year round and it is not hard to see why. I wish we had had more time to experience all Bariloche has to offer.

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After an 18 hour bus ride from Mendoza we arrived in Bariloche. Luckily there were fairly comfy seats and wine on the bus. The wine was served by the bus line as well as some wine we brought with us to help us giggle through the terrible movies on the never-ending bus ride. My new friends and I made the bus a fantastic vacation memory.

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Once we were finally in Bariloche, it was necessary to get the blood flowing again. We hike straight uphill to the Cerro Campanero Viewpoint. Technically you can take the chair lift up and down but we only took it down as exercise was needed. It was a short, straight uphill hike though and not for the faint of heart.

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Once up top the views were amazing!

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We did take the chairlift down for a nominal fee. Such a great place to go!

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A delicious beer and burger for dinner at Manush hit the spot. This popular bar and restaurant was hopping even at 7pm- 3 hours before normal Argentinian dinner!

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White water rafting, chocolate shops visits, and a rocking night out rounded out our time in Bariloche. Our tour leader had her birthday on this trip so we bought a phenomenal dulce de leche (an Argentinian staple) birthday cake before we sang, danced, and drank the night away.

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Two days in Bariloche is too short, definitely a 3rd and 4th day was needed to really see and do more activities. I guess I’ll just have to come back in the future!

Reader Question: Have you ever done an overnight bus ride? What did you do to survive it?

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