We sleep in again until 8am but both decide it’s still too chilly to get out of our sleeping bags. So we roll over and cuddle for a few minutes, waiting for the sun to come up a little more before getting up to make coffee and breakfast. We have a slow start to break camp, enjoying our breakfast and the tranquility of our place by the river.
When we finally get on the road, we have a picture perfect ride around Lake Nahuel Huapi to San Carlos de Bariloche. The scenery is spectacular, the mountains encircling the lake with water of such incredible clarity, the colors ranging from turquoise to deep blue.
I will be happy to arrive in Bariloche and get off this road though. We’re in VacationLand, Argentina. Traffic has been horrible. What is it about being on vacation that makes people feel entitled to drive like assholes?!
After riding around Bariloche for hours, we finally find a hostel that has room for two people. Everything else is full. Finding a private room was out of the question, so we’re in a dormitory-style room. Argentina is getting more and more expensive as we travel south. In Salta, we could buy a dozen empanadas for 40 pesos. In Bariloche, the same empanadas cost 170 pesos. We’re paying 400 pesos ($30) to stay in a room we’re sharing with four other people.
There are two bathrooms in the entire place. After we’re settled and the sun is going down, we find out the water is shut off and won’t come on again until tomorrow. You’ve got to be kidding me. We’ve been rinsing in rivers, but our last real shower (with soap) was eight days ago in Chos Malal. I was really looking forward to a shower. However, the more concerning issue is the situation with the toilets.
I just want to go back to my spot on the river.