We stopped off for a day and a half in the sleepy mountain town of Bariloche. Situated on the eastern slopes of the Andes in southwest Argentina near the Chilean Border and next to lake Nahuel Huapi, the city is uncannily similar to a Swiss or German Alpine town. Upon further investigation, I found out that the town rose to prominence in the early 1900’s as a German settlement and those roots can be found in the architecture as well as all the German restaurants that line the streets.
The city became known after WWII for being a refuge to fleeing Nazi’s and conspiracy theories have even pointed to Bariloche as a hiding spot for Adolf Hitler. The city is now a popular ski and outdoors destination for hiking and camping.
At this point in the trip, Mandy and I felt pretty run down and took the time to explore the city and rest up a bit. We were amazed with how beautiful the public square was overlooking the lake and had our fill of the ice cream, chocolates, and schnitzel. // Jeff