‘Not another National Park’ Ania winced when she turned into a road leading to Lago Puelo lake located in a protected area as we were driving from El Bolsón. The surface of the road changed from asphalt to stones and after 30 minutes we were at our destination where we were welcomed by a crowd we didn’t expect.
Until now, we have never seen 30 cars parked in a parking lot (at least in the ‘nature’ places). ‘It doesn’t look good’ I thought to myself being a bit spoiled by the luxuries of solitude that we enjoyed for the last few weeks. Ania goes to have a little chat with the guards while I go to check the first pier. Puelo lake is quite a wide one, there’s plenty of people standing on the shore – two organised groups and some individuals. Some of them take a cruise and head right, where I don’t see them.
I get back to the car where Ania waits with some information. We drive to another location. I want to take a trek to one of the hills surrounding the lake to get a better view. There are small groups of Mapuche tribe around and you can find some wall drawings in the forest caves. Unfortunately there’s no access to them.
We reach the beach where a good deal of people from nearby El Bolson sunbathes along with – as it turns out – others from Buenos Aires and its surroundings. Supposedly it’s a popular holiday spot for people from the capital. Well, what can you do. We stop being egoistic and make our feet wet too. The water is… refreshingly cold :)
I leave the girls and head towards some tough bushes which are supposed to lead me to a nearby observation point. The path quickly gets steep as hell and I thought it was going to be an easy walk. The bag with equipment and the tripod successfully obstruct the hike but I get to the place with the view. Nothing special but I can’t get higher – I take a look at the rocks that go a few dozen metres up and think that I might have hiked there but there’s no way I would get back down. Oh yeah, I could do it, rolling down on my ass :)
I take a sit at the top and enjoy the view. I’m all alone here and nobody’s bothering me. I’ll leave you with this views…