It is March 4th, 2006, and we are on our own again. No rush to squeeze as much into each day. Time to slow down a bit and relax. We are going to stay a week or so in Puerto Varas (about 10 miles north of Puerto Montt) and do some local dirt-roading and sight seeing. We are also waiting for the ferry to transport us and the bike to Puerto Natales, Chile, which is about 900 miles to the South. We also visited Bariloche, Argentina for 3 nights.
Bariloche sits on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, with the Patagonia Mountains in the background.
On the 5th of March, we drive around the area of Bariloche.
We have been traveling for over 6 months in South America and have not yet been discriminated against, because we are bikers or Americans. We have been permitted in places where visitors typically are not allowed. We have been granted access to Government buildings with heavy security.
But the clean record ended today. This is the resort of Llao Llao, located about 10 miles west of Bariloche. It is known to be the nicest resort in all of South America. It is also known for having the best setting of any hotel in South America. We asked the "Suits" at the gate for permission to enter for lunch. They stated we needed reservations and that it was full. We responded that we would like to enter to make reservations for tomorrow. They stated that they were also completely sold out for the following day.
I could see that it was going "No Where" talking to the "Suits", so I starting the bike and starting heading up the long drive way as I yelled "I will make reservations for the "NEXT AVAILABLE DAY"!
Another suited guard, with an earpiece connected to his radio, stopped us at the front door. He had apparently been warned by the guards at the bottom of the hill, that some bikers made it past the outer perimeter!
As I walked by him stating "No Espanola", he tried to stop us. I keep walking to the reservation desk. I was told that we could have lunch at 2:00 PM. What happened to the "We are completely full today and tomorrow"! We made a reservation, then walked around and took photos... Then left!
Beautiful place, but LLao Llao's snootiness was screwed!
On the 6th of March we take a short ride south from Bariloche, to El Bolson, a hippy community 60 miles south.
On the 7th of March we head back to Puerto Varas. It was very windy for the first 40 miles (winds over 50 mph), then it rained for the next 140 miles.
We are staying in Puerto Varas, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. When we circled the lake on dirt roads we could not help but notice the wide variety of architectural designs used in the homes of this area.
The homes of Lake Llanquihue.
On the 10th of March (Friday), we ride south to Puerto Montt, then southeast, following the shoreline of the coast.
We rode back to "Parque Nacional Alerce Andino" on a dirt road.
Well, that is it through the 10th of March, 2006. We are relaxing in Puerto Varas, and waiting for our Monday departure on the ferry to Puerto Natales..... We will be 3 days on the ship, so communications will be minimal!
Hope all is well with the family!
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