I ´m planning to go from Buenos Aires to Bariloche and further to Puerto Montt ( Chile) on february/march.
What´s to see and to do on this route ?
I´m thinking about daytrips on hiking and boat trips. A visit of the island of Chiloe.
And to go back via Santiago and Mendoza to Buenos Aires, by bus ( preferable cama suite).
How many days should I calculate ?
Hablo mas o menos espanol. Me dicho hay urbanizacion membrudo aleman, en el sur del Chile ?
Last year my wife and I were on a tour which included some of the places mentioned in your post: Puerto Montt, Bariloche, Santiago, Buenos Aires. Puerto Montt was a disaopointment but nearby Puerto Varas s a very pleasant little town, a much better place to stay. The bus-boat excursion from Perto Varas to Bariloche was very interesting, with some great scenery. Bariloche is nice, but very tourist-oriented. Santiago and Buenos Aires were very modern cosmopolitan centers. For details about those places see "Chile-Argentina-Brazil Tour" section of Our Travel Journals: www.evcal.org
on 4th January I am heading from Bs As to Bariloche. There is a cracking hostel just outside Bariloche. I forget the name now but its kinda like wooden lodges. It will be obvious when you see it on the booking sites. Plenty of hiking, cycling, kayaking etc in the area and of course chocolate and ice cream.
As above Puerto Varas is the better option.
Chiloe looks nice for a few days.
On the 14th I am booked onto the Navimag ferry which takes 4 days/3nights and goes down the coast to Puerto Natales. This is near the Torres del Paine national park. You can google both these things. They look truely spectacular and well worth a visit.
The bus journey back is quite a long one so you may need a flight. Not sure what I will do yet myself. I will let you know how I get on. Alternatively read my blog as no doubt it will be updated by the time you come around to doing this trip.
so, have you been going to chiloe and puerto montt???
i travelled the area for 4 years, via the waterways.
pretty pretty! and surprisingly many people that speak german and have never even been close to our country, amazing.
My boyfriend and I travelled to Puerto Montt and Chiloe in October and were unimpressed and left earlier than planned. There isnt a great deal to do, and although the scenery is ok, its nothing on what Barilloche has to offer. Barilloche is such a spectaular place - we did a day trip organised by our hostel - around the surrounding areas and we were just blown away by the scenery. The town itself is cool, very clean and loads of good places to eat (def try the chocolate and fondue!).
We also travelled to Pucon in Chile and ended up spending a week there - so many activities to do and the sight of the volcano from the town is pretty impressive. My boyfriend did the ascent of the volcano and loved it. People in the town are really friendly and we stayed in an amazing hostel - I forget the name but it was right next to the bus station.
Obviously you will hear different things and its up to you, but we were told that Puerto Montt was magnificant and we were left feeling severley disappointed.