|Plaza in San Carlos de Bariloche and Lago Nahuel Huapi|
So when DescuentoCity had a promotion for a week's trip for two to Patagonia and the Lake District, including air, at half price, we snapped it up.
|Beef fondue just like in Switzerland|
Our first stop was in San Carlos de Bariloche, the main town and the hub of most activities, including tango--we found a milonga downstairs in the Casino.
|Espejo or Mirror Lake|
We passed along the Ruta de los Siete Lagos on the way to San Martin de los Andes, a posh ski center with wonderful restaurants and ski and chocolate shops. (No one leaves Patagonia without a box of chocolates!)
|The most famous and pricey of chocolates is Mamushka|
|Santuario Nuestra Senora de las Nieves, Our Lady of the Snows,||in Junin de los Andes|
|The windows all had scenes of local life|
Being low season and between foliage a month ago and snow next month, it felt like we had all Patagonia to ourselves!
I had heard so much about Bariloche and its Alpine architecture and chocolates that I expected it to be kitschy and Disneyesque. Instead, the chalets are charming and the region indeed reminded me of the Swiss and French Alps, where I have spent a lot of time in the past. The landscape and flora are reminiscent also of Lake Tahoe and Taos, New Mexico, and, in places, even Palm Springs.
Villa La Angostura was our final stop for two nights at the luxuriously peaceful country inn on the lake shore, La Posada. The quiet little town doesn't have much of anything to do, and so finally we just relaxed.
|Shopping arcade in Villa La Angostura|
|view from our room|
I can't wait to go back!