Week 8 Heading North - Esquel - San Carlos de Bariloche

After some very cold nights we really felt going on to find some warmer places. So we decided to make some more km and drive up north at least to reach some higher latitudes.

Cueva de Los Manos: Cueva de Los Manos

After some very cold nights we really felt going on to find some warmer places. So we decided to make some more km and drive up north at least to reach some higher latitudes.

We stopped just for the night at one nice campground in Gobernador Gregores before we went on the Ruta 40 on some very bumpy unpaved parts. The next night we just slept close to the road in our car. During this long drive we we're thinking of our first night camping. There we met a French couple who were already traveling for 35 years now and we were then totally beginners, but now we are almost 3 months on the road and camping works out really well.

On our way we stopped at a really cool place the Cueva de Los Manos, were you can see some of the oldest paintings (9000 years old) next to a canyon.
After two days driving we reached Esquel, were we found a very nice campground overlooking the city and the valley. Esquel is also the gateway to the National Park Los Alerces were we did a very nice hike along the beautiful green lakes and rivers surrounded by mountains.

Our next aim was San Carlos de Bariloche which is also called the Switzerland of South America. We just shortly stopped in El Bolson, famous for its bio vegetables. The landscape really changed fastly from Patagonia hills and desert to very high mountains and green forests. Stefan was also happy two drive after all the endless straight streets some curves up the mountains again.

Bariloche awaited us with really nice weather and spectacular views over plenty of beautiful clear lakes. And we're lucky to find a campground directly at the shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, lucky us to wake up in the morning and see beautiful sunrises over the lake ;)

One day discovering the surroundings we found in the middle of nowhere a nice little art market with food and music from locals and spent a very nice afternoon there.

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