El Chaiful, "el desprotegido"
Patagonia is so vast!
Not far from Bariloche, just a bus or a train away, near Ing. Jacobacci lies El Chaiful, a Mapuche land...
In El Chaiful there are about 20 families, and each house is about 2 or more hours (horse riding distance) from each other. There´s one rural school and no roads or electricity. these people farm sheep and grow their own vegetables. They re lovely, honest shepards...
El cerro Otto está muy cerca de Bariloche , en la calle Mitre se puede coger un autobús gratis y te lleva hasta el teleférico Otto ( 10 $ ). Una vez arriba hay vistas espectaculares del lago Nahuel Huapi , el cerro Catedral , el cerro Tronador , las penínsulas de San Pedro y Llao Llao y de todos los alredores de Barriloche pues tienes la oportunidad de verlo todo desde la confitería giratoria
The Otto hill is very near Bariloche , in Mitre st. you may take a free bus that takes you up to the otto Teleferic ( 10$ ) . Once in the top the views are spectacular on the Nauel Huapi lake , the Catedral Hill , Tronador hill the peninsulas San Pedro and Llao Llao and of all suroundings of Bariloche because you have the chance to see all from the turning restaurant
:: Bariloche ::
Bariloche is a wonderful city, located in a wonderful place... I haven´t met anyone so far that had visited Bariloche and got disappointed. It does not matter what kind of trip you want to make..if it is backpacking, or if it is a luxurious, expensive trip... they can please everyone...all kinds of tastes.
Besides, you´ll hardly get bored...you can do trekking, rafting, fishing, go skiing...and if you feel tired, you can pick a day to eat...hehehe....to stroll around the city, getting into the amazing chocolate stores... And at night, there are discos, pubs etc... if you are tired of civilization, you can also walk along the lake Nahuel at night....
It´s a place for young people, older people, students, families, those who want parties and those who want nature. In other words, it´s a place for everyone. =)
Bariloche is known in South America, as a place for eating chocolate, skiing and meeting lots of students...at lots of brazilians, mainly from the south of the country (like me). And it is true... they receive people from all countries, but it is hard to walk by the lake, and not hear someone speaking in portuguese...
If you ask any brazilian where he or she has first seen snow (if they have already..), you can expect "Bariloche" as an answer... =D