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Museo Lituano Olgbrum

March 19, 2008 This morning we set out for the Museo Lituano Olgbrum, the Lithuanian Museum. Apparently a lot of Lithuanians settled in this area of Argentina (there are about 8 Lithuanian families here, now). Apparently, Lithuanains open their museums at 5pm, so we dinked around Esquel for a while then went back to the …

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Hiking in Los Alerces National Park, Argentina

Parque Nacional Los Alerces

Hiking in Los Alerces National Park, Argentina It sounded like home last night with the wind whipping itself into a frenzy outside our cabaña. Today should have been the rest day as I was feeling pretty sick and could have used that 3-hour nap Anders took yesterday. Anders entertained himself (and me) by mimicking me …

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City Park in Bariloche

March 16, 2008 Today was a rest day. I feel like maybe I’m pushing Anders a little hard. There are so many things to do and see around here and I don’t want to miss out. But, he doesn’t sleep in the car like he used to, so when we go all day he doesn’t …

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Bariloche to Esquel

March 15, 2008 Driving from Bariloche to Esquel we left the lake district and entered the steppe. We drove from the province of Rio Negro into Chubut. It was a dramatic—not gradual—shift from sparkling blue lakes surrounded by towering mountains to rolling shrublands. From the cool colors of forest green, verdant green, cobalt and aquamarine …

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Hike up Cerro Llao Llao

March 14, 2008 After a late start–like all the starts on this trip, Anders has been sleeping until 8:30 or 9:00!–we dropped off some laundry and headed back into the national park for a little hike. The trail up Cerro Llao Llao is short, but quite steep and at the top there are wonderful views …

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Sendero de los Arrayanes

March 13, 2008 The trail we hiked today is Sendero (trail) de los Arrayanes (a type of myrtle). It’s in the National Park Nahuel Huapi and basically winds from Puerto Pañuelo to Lago Moreno through a lot of bamboo, an arrayanas forest and some coihues. Plus there were great views of Lago Moreno and the …

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Walk to Lago Nahuel Huapi

March 12, 2008 Henry left today which makes me very sad. Glad for him that he gets to see another part of Argentina, and this is after all a work trip for him. It was such fun to travel with him, though. (If you haven’t checked out their website click here. And if you want …

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Cerro Bayo and back to Bariloche

March 11, 2008 After three nights in Villa la Angostura we headed back around Lago Nahuel Huapi to Bariloche. But, not before driving up to a small ski area called Cerro Bayo. The Foder’s Guide says the name means bay-colored mountain, but we think the “Bayo” refers to the view of the bay. The Fodor’s …

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Chile and Puyehue

March 10, 2008 From Villa la Angostura it is only 40 km to the Chilean border, so we figured we’d give it a look. We drove around the lake a bit more and then headed toward a low pass in the mountains. I had this vision that we’d be getting high into the Andes by …

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