How to Navigate South America on the Cheap and Dirty
Photo: Brigid Mander
It’s tempting, while enduring down days in Las Lenas, to hear it is hammering in Bariloche, or vice versa, and skip town. If it is a somewhat-nearby resort, like trekking to Portillo from Valle Nevado, you should go. But if it is a 24-plus-hour bus trip, maybe not. By the time you arrive at base of said resort, 2-3 days later (travel impediments include: guaranteed bus breakdown, cows in road, etc.), it may be raining, or the powder will have blown away, and then you’ll hear the place you just left is being visited by epic conditions.