WINES FROM ARGENTINA & CHILE..
The wines from the area are wonderful,much better that the brazilian ones.
Better to buy in a wine shop where you can taste the diferent kinds before you buy,it's much expensive than to buy in a grocery store,but you can be sure of the quality of what you bought.
The Black Glacier
After the glorious blues of the glaciers we'd seen in Southern Patagonia, the black ice of Cerro Tronadir's Ventisquero Negro (Black glacier) is a strange and quite eerie sight. From a distance you can see the black shield shape of the glacier, looking for all the world like nothing more than a rocky patch on the mountain side lying below the Manso River Glacier higher up. When you reach the morain field and see the glacier's jagged black face and the lagoon filled with black rocks, it still quite hard to believe this is ice you're looking at. Look closer at those "rocks" in the water though and you see most are rimmed with white where they touch the water and their texture is that of ice - and the few that are really rocks have the occasional tiny fern or lichen growing on them. Birds perch on these, avoiding the ice.
What makes the ice so black? Higher up the mountain you can see the other glaciers have dirty streaks in them, but here it's like coal.
As the Ventisquero Negro makes its way down the mountain from its source in the snow cap of the upper slopes, it gathers huge concentrations of sand, stone and volcanic dust, so much of this debris of the extinct volcano that it completely colours the ice by the time it reaches this lowest level. It is an extraordinary sight, unreal and strange - not really of this earth but like a scene from some dystopic world. Fascinating.
San Carlos de Bariloche is a famous place for ski centres and winter sports, so people think it is attractive only during winter. I visited Bariloche on Summertime, and I found it beautifully full of flowers.
San Carlos de Bariloche es un lugar famoso por los centros de esquí y los deportes de invierno, por lo que algunas personas creen que es atractivo sólo durante el invierno. Visité Bariloche durante el verano, y lo encontré maravillosamente florecido.
Rosa eglanteria is not a native rose; it was brought from Europe, but it had no adaptation problems. Its fruit is edible, and used in cosmetics.
Rosa eglanteria no es una rosa nativa; fue traida de Europa, pero no tuvo problemas para adaptarse. Su fruto es comestible, y utilizado en cosméticos.
Lupines are another exotic flowers, well adapted to Patagonian weather and floor.
Los lupines son otras flores exóticas, que se adaptaron bien al clima y al suelo patagónicos.
Reina Mora, that means Moorish Queen (Mutisia retusa) is a native an beautiful flower.
Reina Moras (Mutisia retusa) es una bella flor nativa.
Alstroemeria aurantiaca is another native flower.
Alstroemeria aurantiaca es otra flor nativa.
The picture shows wild fuchsias (Fuchsia magellanica)
La foto muestra aljabas silvestres (Fuchsia magellanica).
"San Martin de los Andes"
San Martin de los Andes is a nice town near San Carlos de Bariloche (but situated at Lanin National Park). There are flowers everywhere, even at the pier over Lago Lacar.
San Martín de los Andes es un precioso pueblo cercano a San Carlos de Bariloche (pero situado en el Parque Nacional Lanín). Hay flores por todas partes, incluso en el muelle sobre el Lago Lácar.