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El Bolson

Hikes Hikes and more Hikes!!!

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We have had an amazing time in a small town called El Bolson. We done alot of walking and hiking and our legs are definately paying for it now. Our hostel was 2 km out of town but it was a really nice place, like staying in someones house. We wandered round town the first day and had a look at what sort of things we could do. We heard about a thing called Cabeza del Indio, which is a bunch of rocks that look like mans face so we hiked up there to see it, when we got there we saw a sign for a waterfall (thinking that it wouldn´t be far), so we went to find it.... an hour later we did and it was lovely- but we had to walk all the way back to see the face of rocks. The view from there were pretty good and the rocks did look like a mans face!

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We also heard about a market that happened in the town every week so we went to check it out. Its a really lovely market and it sold lots of organic food, nice gifts and music going on. The town was originally a sort of hippy settlement up in the moutains and it still has that feel. There are also alot of Refugios up in the mountains that you can hike to and stay so we decided to do just that. We hiked uphill to Refugio Piltriquitron which was 1500m up. There we set up our tent and ate dinner and took in the amazing views. It was pretty chilly that high up but luckily we had prepared for that with some extra layers. The next day we went to see some startues that had been carved into trees by local artists which was interesting. Then we saw a huge Andean Condor which was nearly as big as us- not sure how rare they are, but Ive heard they are!

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We then started the hike to the summit..... it was a very steep walk up to the peak, and the loose terrain didnt help- we kept slipping back down every few steps. When we did finally get to the top, THERE WAS SNOW!!!! It was very exciting! We made a snow man, took some pictures of the view, which was stunning! I can´t even explain how good it looked!

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All the surrounding moutains ranges looked just... wow! Getting down the hill was possibly harder than getting up! I fell down.... alot! When we got back we went to the refugio and had a big pizza and a litre of home brewed beer for our hard work. The sun set that night was also great and as the sky was clear so got up in the cold to have a look at the starts..... Because there was no light pollution we saw thousands of stars... i´ve never seen so many! It was amazing, we sat on the edge of cliff and watched the stars then went back to our little tent. The next day we walked down hill for 4 hours to get back to town to get our bus to Puerto Madryn (on the bus some police dogs were checking the luggage, and they must have smelled our rotten socks or something cause we got called off the bus to be searched- obviously they didn´t find anything... funny stuff) Now our legs are aching so badly from the down hill walks, we´re walking round like old crones!

Posted by St Martins 16:42 Archived in Argentina Tagged tourist_sites

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