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Villa La Angostura: Bariloche's little sister

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Known for being one of the last towns before moving from Argentina to Chile -or of the first to cross from Chile to the Maradonian country, as you see- and for its centennial forest of arrayanes, Villa La Angostura is an almost obligatory stop for the Travelers who travel Argentina wanting to explore its most beautiful landscapes.

You can get there from Bariloche with minibuses that take you from terminal to terminal in a matter of about an hour and a quarter. They only cost about 14 Argentine pesos and leave very frequently.

We arrive in the middle of the afternoon and as soon as we leave the terminal we begin to walk along Arrayanes Avenue, full of shops where souvenir shops, clothes and chocolate shops predominate as if at any moment we were approached by the witch of the story to invite us to her Chocolate house This is a common characteristic with Bariloche, being small villages near lakes and mountains that in winter are covered with snow, they want to give it the Swiss appearance with the production and sale of chocolates. Of course, having tried both there is no doubt: in watches and chocolate, the Swiss have no rival.

We go to the Italian hostel located at 215 Maquis Street, less than 10 minutes walk from the terminal. I highly recommend this place. It is run by a very friendly couple who will welcome you warmly and help you with any questions you have about the area. They also guided us in what would be our next stages in Chile.

The night we arrived they offered us to join a barbecue that they were organizing for all the guests of the hostel, so that night we stayed for dinner and then talked by the fire with a couple of Americans who traveled the world for a couple of years to then stay a while helping in a Mexican monastery where Karma was taken care of. It is these stories that only appear in hostels and campsites in remote parts of the planet when you are on trips of this type.

The price was 45 Argentine pesos - in high season - and we were accommodated in a beautiful cabin with kitchen, cable TV and attic - where the beds were - that we shared with a couple of people who had a separate room. I advise you to contact them in advance if you plan to fall there in the southern summer.

The next morning we took Nahuel Huapí Avenue - name of the lake that bathes the city - and we headed towards the part that almost everyone had recommended us: the port area with the beaches of Bahía Mansa and Bahía Brava and the forest of the Arrayanes.

We arrive at the entrance of the Nahuel Huapí National Park where you will be charged 30 pesos for the entrance if you decide to do the trekking of the arrayanes forest, famous centenary trees in the area. I let you fall that it is not difficult to skirt the entrance booth and enter without paying and the guard does not put much effort either. If you do not want to pay or do the long trekking - it is about 6 hours round trip to the forest with small constant ascents and descents - you can always opt for a walk of about 50 minutes uphill to the two viewpoints that are in place. The path starts just to the right of the entrance booth.

We chose this last option more than anything because we were tired of the recent climb to Cerro López and we felt like a quiet day.

In the evening we had dinner at a place recommended by our hosts. El Esquiador restaurant was one of the best value for money we have tried in Argentina.

Without a doubt, a place where it is worth spending a couple of days during your trip.

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