a diverse collection of travel photos and firsthand experiences while venturing across the globe. each destination has welcomed us with open arms and warm smiles, making us feel right at home. from argentina to utah - and thousands of miles in between - these are our visual memories of 'home'...just as we never imagined.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Park City + Lake Tahoe + Chocolate = Argentina's Lake District (Part 2)

DAY 3: Lake Nahuel Huapi of Bariloche
We head towards Puerto Pañuelo, driving along the coastal avenue of Ezekiel Bustillo, past public beaches, rolling hills, and quaint homes built of wooden shingles now stained with years of humidity. We board a large catamaran and sail Lake Nahual Huapi, the surface of which is now rippling under the strong morning winds. The sun is now peeking through the clouds, revealing tints of blue and green in the water around us. Flocks of seagulls glide overhead, searching for those passengers willing to donate a cracker or two.

Our first stop is the Quetrihue Peninsula. Here, organized trails wrap through the enchanting Arrayanes Forest, overflowing with these slender cinnamon-colored trees. At the touch, these twisted limbers are quite cold due to a faint bark of just 1 mm that protects their exterior.

We embark once more aboard our catamaran, sailing past weathered piers, jagged mountains, and clusters of pine trees that line the passing shores. We arrive to Victoria Island, once named Nahuel Huapi ("Tiger Island") among indigenous tribes before the arrival of European settlers. A dense pine forest has overtaken the island. Most trees appear dead and dry with the exception of verdant needles that grace their towering tops as each one competes for sunlight. Strong sequioas also grow here, providing further shade for resident foxes and deer, including the rare pudú which first inspired Walt Disney to create "Bambi".

This evening, we explore a few high-end residential neighborhoods, all defined by stylish cabin-like homes characteristic of the region. Unlike larger cities of Argentina, like Mendoza and Buenos Aires, these homes do not use barb wire or razor sharp fences for protection. Instead, such homes offer small wooden gates and welcoming stone paths that lead to their front door.

The legendary Llao Llao Hotel, overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi

A traditional phone booth blending in with the landscape

Departing from Puerto Pañuelo

Catamaran picking up passengers

Sailing the open blue waters

A ravishing young couple

Our feathered cruise companion overhead

Feeding one of several "gaviotas"

The shadows of towering Arrayanes trees

A twisted tree on Quetrihue Peninsula

A romantic gathering in the woods

An enchanting path inside Bosque Arrayanes

A dock along the beach of Victoria Island

Rays of light and smoke on Isla Victoria

Sapphire waters

The remnants of a weathered pier

A dock...temporarily out of service


Cami said...

Wow, so beautiful! I want to go there!

The Highland Hill's said...

Those pictures are amazing...so honestly how much is this trip going to cost me...when we come down and you take us to every little corner in Argentina...I can't wait...

Anonymous said...

Wow--is it possible to take a BAD picture there? Absolutely gorgeous!!!

I hope we can arrange a trip. Thanks for sharing.

satomblablabla said...

nice shades, tania... they compliment thine face quite nicely! :)

(hey, i saw all the pics already, so i am allowed to comment on a minor detail such as sunglasses);)

Rono said...

Es tan dificil para mi ver esas fotos sin morir de envidia, que ni siquiera puedo dejar este comentario en inglés!
Pocos saben lo que significa ese lugar para mí. Si es su primer viaje, sepan que no será el último. Si no es el primero, sepan que va a pasar menos tiempo que la última vez hasta que vuelvan. Y perdón por no estar de acuerdo, pero Park City + Lake Tahoe no son ni el 10% de los lagos del Sur. De hecho, Banff creo que es de toda Norteamérica la única zona que impresiona parecido. Igual, no importa, sigan disfrutando!!!

The Cornish Family said...

Is it sad that I like your captions even more than your beautiful pictures!

livinginpatagonia.com said...

I am glad enjoyed our part of Argentina. We are very fortunate to call this area home. Nevertheless, looking at the pictures from another perspective is awesome. Suerte, Jamie

Us Craven's said...

Those are some awesome pictures! You guys look great! It looks fun!