While in Bariloche, Argentina, make sure you take the time to visit the Arrayanes National Park. The Myrtle forest is the only one IN THE WORLD! The trees are very unique and their trunks are smooth and a tan colour. The trees are approximately 300 years old!
We decided to rent bikes and visit the forest on our own. There are clear indications and the National Park has signs you can read and learn about the trees.
How to get there:
You can book a tour that will take you for a full or half day tour to the National Park.
If you prefer going on your own, you just take a bus or taxi from Bariloche and ask for Victoria island. Once you get to the island, you have three options to get to the forest:
– Enjoy free hiking on the island
– Rent bikes and bike to the forest
– Cruise (to and from the forest)
The city of Mendoza itself does not have much to see: about 5 nice plazas, a gigantic park and good nightlife on the Aristete street. So Mendoza is famous for its wine: well, I can confirm that! ). There are about 1000 wineries in the area. This was our itinerary: One day and a half, three wineries, and manyyyy types of wine: from Cabernet Franc, to Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc (and many others, including Pinot Noir, Blends, Chardonnay, and bubbles!). We visited: Pulenta, Salentein and Club Tapiz (you can stay overnight at the latter, which is a really nice romantic option). Each bodega has its own little twist and secret to creating an aromatic wine, you can normally visit them and also have lunch on the spot.
So I leftBolivia, and at the border, they wanted to charge us to leave, which was not going to happen. The friend I was with dealt with it, but then everything was fine and we crossed. We then arrived at the border town ofLa Quiaca in Argentina. It is really funny because when you arrive there, it says: Welcome to la Quiaca. Ushuaia 5160km (which is the other end of Argentina). It is actually really nice (for a border town, which normally have the reputation of being ugly, dangerous and drug centrals). I had already planned to not stay in the north ofArgentina, as I wanted to go to my “second home”Cordoba. Everyone has told me, and I saw through the bus window, that northernArgentinareally seems beautiful, and it will have to be for the next time. I was still recuperating from my fever, I was tired, and the four last months of traveling had gotten to me. I wanted to be somewhere I knew, with people I knew and it was just time to go home. I was well received with the people I love, good meat, great wine and fun times.
It has been 10 days that I have been here in Cordoba, seeing friends, catching up, taking in some sun (it is summer here ahaha) and filling out job applications. Now that the fun is over, and that this chapter has ended, a new one is starting. Since most job applications are done online, I have been taking the time to do this while I am here, so when I get back home I can spend the time with my family and friends back inCanada.
See you all next week!