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.
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.
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).