The Rest fo' rizz!! (promise!!)
16.02.2013 - 18.02.2013 28 °C
I'm running out of adjectives. I'm sure the words amazing, wonderful, fantastic, beautiful and love hit the top 5 used in my posts
All of those words will get exercised again a hundred times over while describing our hike up Cerro Arenales. (Saturday Feb 16)
Or I could just tell you that those words don't even begin to describe the beauty, wonder, and glory of that hike. It was totally and utterly amazing. The view from the top was.. stunning. When I think back on it, I almost still can't believe that it was for real. I suddenly felt like a person in a fairytale who gets mesmerized by something (usually a man who sees fairies or nymphs or something but whatever :P ) and ends up sitting in that same place, feeling nothing but wonder and amazement forever while moss slowly starts growing up his legs.
Another really cool thing on the hike was seeing a live, wild Guanaco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guanaco) in the distance while on the trek up!! I've never seen one before. So now I have seen all the llama-animals in South America "for real"
Unfortunately, we also got to see a dead, wild guanaco up close on the way back down as it had been killed by poachers.
The day after the marvelous nature experience we got up at 6 am to have another brush with nature up close! We were going to San Rafael, a nearby (2,5 h driving) town in the mountains that we had heard had the best white-water rafting in all of Argentina. Also, there is a beautiful canyon which we were going to get the privilege of seeing up close.
The tour didn't exactly exceed our expectations, however. Instead of hiking or walking we were driven around the canyon. For hours. Add the hours there and back and we were happy that the minivan was extremely comfortable (with lay-back seats!) and we were tired from hiking the day before and not getting much sleep. Since the canyon was so big, we didn't have time (?) to get out of the van for photos, so our driver would stop for a minute while the guide explained that we may now take a picture (from inside the van) of this particular rock that is special because it looks like a nesting bird. The next rock looked like the face of an old man. The next one like a person trying to climb up (or down) the face of the cliff. And so on. We all had a good sleep and felt rested and energized when we came back to Mendoza
While in San Rafael, we did get to go white-water rafting, though, which was really the main reason for going to San Rafael in the first place. The water wasn't very rapid (2 on a scale of 6) but we had a lot of fun and got sufficiently soaked.
An interesting observation along the way was how every camping-spot here seems to come with a 2x1 m brick grill for asados.. The grilling culture is really strong here, and I think it is cool that it is more natural and expected that your camping-spot includes a grill twice or three times the size of your tent than, say, an electric outlet..
The day after that we spent in Mendoza. We had tickets for an overnight bus for Cordoba leaving at 22, so we got to lounge by the pool, have great lunch, fika, read our books, get in some great running in the park - simply enjoy life.
Oh Boy, do I love life!!