Last day in El Bolsón

28 02 2009
Hops farm

Hops farm

We enjoyed our time here in El Bolsón.  They have a hippy farmers market, where we looked at jewelry, ate excellent empanadas and sampled beers from the local micro-breweries.  The empanadas in Chile just aren’t the same as those here in Argentina, where we think they are the best.  While we have been a little underwhelmed by the vegetables in Argentina compared to those we found in Chile, the jam here is excellent.  They also make some really good local cheese.

Is this really good, or really bad?

Is this really good, or really bad?

We had planned to do some rafting on our down day after hiking, but that didn’t work out.  Instead, we opted to cook our own Argentina steak in an attempt to mimic a proper asado.  We went to the store and were tempted by the ‘Barfy Burgers’, but decided against it, since we think it’s best to keep food in the stomach.  We made diner and barbecued some steak at our campground with someone from Kansas we met backpacking for a nice relaxing evening.

Campground

Campground

Jason rented a bike and rode out to the farms around the town, where they grow lots of hops (thus all the micro-breweries here), alfalfa, beets, raspberries, strawberries and spinach.   There was also a dairy where they made cheese and grew fruit.

Next we’re taking a long bus ride down south to eventually get to the town of Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine (technically in Chile).

Berry farm

Berry farm

Hippy market

Hippy market

Vines of hops

Vines of hops

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5 responses

1 03 2009
Mike Burke

Finally found El Bolson on the map, a small place compared to other names on the map. Looks like a long trip ahead to the tip of South America. Barfy burgers don’t sound too good.

1 03 2009
alicia

wow, barfy burgers! Pretty funny! I wonder if we have any food item that translates into another language as disgusting as that! The vineyards of hops are pretty cool!

3 03 2009
Ann Burke

Hi You Two!

It sounds like staying away from those Barfy Burgers might have avoided a “Barforama Episode”! Are there a lot of Blonde, Blue-eyed Agentinians?
Love,
Aunt Ann

4 03 2009
Jason and Alexa

Hi Ann,
People in Argentina and Chile definitely look very European. We have even seen people with red hair and blue eyes.

3 03 2009
Ann Burke

Hi Again!

Aunt Dorothy sends her love.

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