Welcome to El Bolsón – the hippie town
El Bolsón is known for its hippies, and their choice to live an alternative-lifestyle, where the town is a “nonnuclear-zone” and a “ecological municipal”. We stopped by on a Thursday, where creative crafts and healthy food are being sold at the craft market (feria artesanal).
Here we bought our new grill for BBQ-ing. I had had a hard time fitting the big pieces of meat on our small grill , so we decided than I was the perfect Christmas present for our van-adventure.
To celebrate our new investment (the grill) we went to the butcher to buy some meat, that we could BBQ later…
We had planned to do a hike just north of Bolsón the following day, but when we camped by the nearby river it started to rain
We set up our tarp, so we still could use our grill for the first time
No we didn’t by a whole pig, but pork chops and butternut squash on the side – its almost done
I also made me first attend to make chocolate balls like the ones we had for Christmas. First I bought the wrong cookies, because the layer in the middle tasted of lemon. But we added a lot of cacao powder to cover up the lemon flavor, then tried to cover them with chocolate… it was just a mess. Next time I will do better.
The next morning the rain was pouring down, and we decided that it was not worth to do the hike. Heading towards Pampa Linda really happy that Lance could keep us dry… or could he? The further we drove away from El Bolsón the more it rained
We were now on our way in Lance to Pampa Linda while the rain was pouring down. As soon as we got to the Nahuel Huapi National Park the road changed from paved to gravel. What we didn’t know was that the road to Pampa Linda is a one-way street from 10.30 am to 2.00 pm towards Pampa Linda, and my watch had just passed 2.30 pm, then no traffic would be let through until 4 pm to 6 pm, where the road was one-way going out of the park. Finally from 7.30 pm to 9 am it was a two-way road, but if we wanted to drive to Pampa Linda, we would have to wait 5 hours before we were allowed to drive there. Instead we decided to go to a nearby campground in the National Park, prepare for the hike tomorrow and spend the night. Then we would get up in the morning and go to Pampa Linda before 9 am, when the road was two-way.
It was still raining heavily when we go to the campground had to pay 200 arg. pesos per person (400 arg. pesos = 21,7 USD = 136 DDK) for one night. At the same time we found our that water was coming through the left rear window and dripping down from the top of the rear hatch. Our bed was wet, but at least we were dry, staying inside Lance hoping for the weather to clear before our hike tomorrow. No pictures from this campground – we both blame it on the rain