Travelreport No. 38 - Chile and Argentina 16.2. - 14.6.2010

Puerto Montt - Frutillar - Entre Lagos - Paso Cardenal (Border Chile - Argentina) - Bariloche - Junin de los Andes - Zapala - Malargüe - Cañon del Atuel - San Luis - Tariche - Merlo - Rosario - Buenos Aires

Reaching Puerto Montt after a delightful boatride - with vistas of glittering icecapped mountains, impressing Glacier Amalia and a festival of jumping dolphins and killerwhales - the cycling startet again. Viewing beautiful vulcano Osorno going towards Paso Cardenal border, eating "Kuchen" and finally visiting Siwtzerland of Argentina, Bariloche, were other highlights.

The beautiful 7-Lagos Route was awaiting us and it felt great after a dusty cycling day to go for a swim in one of the lakes. One thing we loved best in Argentina was the camping in the great wilderness. Even so all the land is fenced in, you will always find your dream spot.

Up to Rosario, the landscape varies from gentle hills with table mountains, Pampa, desert with thorny bushes, an extremely colorful Cañon with special rock formations, fields with grapes and olives, or a strech of 230 km barren secludedness (loaded with 20 liters of water) to wetlands with thousands of water birds.

Near Rosario, Pius's friend Paul Berni from Vals, meets up with us and shows us huge family owend farms, where soja and corn is planted as well as a cattle farm. For us an interesting and unforgettable experience.

The 2 months stay in Buenos Aires is great and we are very happy to settle down for a while, not to have to pack evey morning, not to worry about rain or cold, to be able to cook whatever we like, to read and last but not least, to work out further travelling plans. Our apartment lies in La Boca (famous because of its stadium where Maradona played), and it is fun to walk the streets with its old colonial houses as well as the corrigated zinc shacks with resplendent colours, or cycle all over the city. And of course - we are planning our further travels.

on the road on Ruta 40

Cañon del Atuel

Tarantula, our lovely camping neighbor

Meeting with Paul Berni

La Boca

modern Buenos Aires