Steve: Patagonia is a sparsely populated region at the southern end of South America, shared by argentina and chile. in this video series, Kristin from be my travel muse and i are going to take you on a journey to the most impressive landscapes in and around the southern section of the Andes featuring the lake region, the fjords of the Pacific Ocean, the most iconic mountain ranges and the Patagonian ice fields with their impressive glaciers. Join us hitchhiking to the most remote areas of the region, be our trekking companion, and most importantly, enjoy the scenery. This is the Patagonia expedition. Patagonia starts a bit further north of Bariloche in Argentina. Located inside the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Bariloche with its combination of mountains, lakes and green forests, is the perfect place to start this whole adventure. Hey guys we start this Patagonian adventure here in Bariloche which is also famous for its chocolate. Kristin: all the chocolates. they have chocolate covered raspberries. Steve: Bariloche is not only famous for its chocolate. Kristin: it’s also famous for the seven lakes. Steve: The best way to see the numerous lakes around Bariloche is a road trip, so we rented a car and drove along the Ruta de Siete Lagos to San Martín de los Andes. All right guys we are on the way of the most beautiful view point of Bariloche, close to Bariloche, called Cerro Campanario. It only takes about 20 minutes if you are in good shape, and as we are in good shape, it will only take us 25 minutes. Kristin: Not in good shape. Steve: Mountain Goat Kristin is making her way up. Kristin: Hola chicos, we are about to do our first hike. Steve: And for this one we chose the trek to the Tronador from Pampa Linda. Vamanos. The trek we are doing is actually also doable in one day, but then you only get to see the beginning of the glacier. We want to see more that’s why we hike up to the Refugio Otto Meiling and we will camp out there to put our outdoor gear to a proper test before we hike into more difficult terrain. And I think it’s a good start to camp out next to a glacier. Kristin: The tronador. Steve: There it is, the Tronador and here you can see where we started. Ohh! Kristin: It’s really beautiful. Steve: Over there. This is Pampa Linda, this is starting point. We’re such good hikers. It took us only four hours. We are almost there. The last part was a bit rocky and very steep, but now… Kristin: We’re next to the glacier. Steve: Here it is, the glacier and there is our refugio and we will camp next to that. Kristin: We made it to the Refugio Otto Meiling. Steve: There’s the building here and we’re camping right next to that. Good morning, it was really cold tonight, but the good thing about this part is that you get rewarded in the morning because the sun rises. Good morning, Kristin. Time to move on. Goodbye, Otto Meiling Refugio. We’re going down to see this glacier here from the bottom because there are a lot of waterfalls. Let’s do this. The glacier, to see the glacier is an hour more and then we head back, so when we head back we have three hours left to catch our bus. Kristin are you ready to do a bit more trekking? Kristin: Oh yeah. Steve: Oh yeah. And we are back in Pampa Linda. Enjoyable hike, Kristin? Kristin: Yeah, it was beautiful but it was long – about 40km. Steve: And we can still see the Tronador, where we just came from. It’s right there in the clouds, so we just made it back in time. So I would say cheers to an amazing hike. Kristin: Hola from Catedral. During the wintertime, this is the largest ski resort in South America. Steve: And we are going up with the lift today to do a hike. We’re going to Refugio Frey. All right guys, we made it to the top of Cerro Catedral. Kristin: And yesterday, we were over there at the Tronador. Steve: After rock climbing we are now at the intersection where it goes down to Frey. All right guys, we made it. Kristin: To the Refugio Frey. Steve: And we’re heading back. In the next episode, we are heading over to Chile, cross through the fjords, start our hitchhiking adventure at the Carretera Austral, and we will get to see more glaciers. So, stay tuned. Check out the related travel guide, linked below this video, and don’t forget to subscribe to this channel for new travel videos every Thursday. Hasta pronto. Oh my God. Oh my God! The speed! It’s crazy! Woohoo!