Cerro Otto - Condor
En el cerro Otto se pueden observar condores que ascienden con las corrientes térmicas y planean justo delante de la cima del cerro
In Otto hill you may watch the condors that ascend by the thermal currents and they fly just in front of the hill top
Lago Frías location in the Andes
Taken near Lago Frías, the sign in Castellano says "sobre nivel del mar: 770 M" which means: "770 Meters Above Sea Level."
Note the distances from other areas such as Bariloche (25 Kms).
"Venga a naveagar" means "Come and navigate." Note the cities and their distances from Lago Frías.
It appears that the nearest Chilean City of Peula is 20 kilometers away.
My Furthest Southern Sojourn
"I Needed To Be Far Away"
San Carlos de Bariloche, or Bariloche as is commonly known as is a resort town in the South Central Area of Argentina bordering Chile that is the Northwestern most part of Patagonia, a region that has a grand sense of isolation from the modern world as we know.
Being from Northern California, this city has a geographical vibe very similar to Lake Tahoe. Like Lake Tahoe, Bariloche is a ski resort city bordering a different region that is next to a large, beautiful lake in a raise elevated geography with many forests and a laid back atmosphere with clubs and casinos.
I spent 4 days here alone and it represented a great time for me to meditate on life and on things that had effected me. I was able to do a lot of thinking in Bariloche and will look back at my days here and remember the solitude and peace I felt while there.
During my four days here in Argentina's mid Autumn (in April), there was plenty of rain and little sunshine.
I recall speaking spanish to man who was from England. It was funny when we realized that we were both non-Spanish speaking, a guy who called himself "ribs."
I recall walking about the chocolate stores on the main street and walking into a bistro where I ordered a sandwich and Quilmes beer while I watched River Plate crush some other soccer team 3-0.
I recall the many internet use areas that charged about 50 cents and hour and sometimes even cheaper.
And my most precious memory was sleeping in the mid-day in my hotel and then waking up at 9pm to prepare myself for an "early" 11pm dinner in a Parilla house to eat some great steak with a Malbec.
I look forward to returning here again some day. I stayed at the Patagonia Hotel, which was a short 5 peso cab ride into the main town area or a 20 minute walk if I wanted the exercise. Because of the rain, I took advantage of the affordable cab system in Bariloche.
This picture is right next to the hotel I stayed at. This is lake Huapi, a beautiful lake that I would take a boat cruise on the following day.
It sums up the ominously bad weather I experienced but also represented the mood I felt when I visited this beautiful and expansive region on the southern mountain range that divides Argentina and Chile.
I took a Bus Tour the 2nd day which showed us the resort cities and things to see around Barilooche. Because of poor visibility, it was rather uneventful as I posed for a picture here in Llao Llao, a golf resort city within Nahuel Huapi National Park.
I can tell you that the air was wonderfully fresh and the calm and quiet of nature was still enjoyable despite 50 degree weather, rain, and fog.
If you take a boat tour on Lake Huapi, you will eventually be within 30kms or so of the Chilean Border.
From there, you can take an optional excursion to Lago Frías. If you are into walks in the wilderness and the peace associated with it, you will love this excursion.
I loved it because of the idea that I was so close to Chile and I was in a quiet lake hidden in the mountains. If you've seen the movie Motorcycle Diaries, about a young Che Guevarra's journies with a friend throughout South America, there is a scene where they are on this lake and Che made a deal with his buddy that if they ever got bored of traveling, that, they would settle here and create a hospital for the poor.
If you've been to Lago Frías, you would instantly wonder why any "revolutionary" would ever want to set up a hospital there: There isn't a city for miles other than Bariloche and the people there aren't poor, but merchants who work with tourists. The poor people would be in the big cities, especially the poor barrios of Buenos Aires.
It makes me wonder why he ran away from home to help the poor, when, in fact, there were many poor in his own home city who needed his "charismatic presence."