El Bolsón and Puelo Lake

El Bolsón

Located 120km south of Bariloche in the Andean-Patagonian woods is the liberal and artsy small town of El Bolsón. Designated an Ecological and Non-Nuclear Municipality in 1991, El Bolsón is home to around 30,000 people, many of whom are the children and grandchildren of hippies that arrived during the ’60s and ’70s.  The town’s location, between the Piltriquitrón Mountain and the Andes Mountain Range creates a favorable microclimate and fertile soil which support the area’s many organic farms.  El Bolsón’s economy is based on the production of hop, homemade beers, mushrooms, cheese, orchards, fine fruits and jams.  All of which can be purchased at the town’s famous feria artesanal, or craft market, held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  The Puelo Lake National Park is located 19km south of town.  The park is connected to Chile and sits just 200m above sea level. It rained for much of our first day and night in El Bolsón.  What we didn’t realize until the next morning was that while it was raining in town it was snowing up in the mountains.  The following day the sun reappeared and the clouds parted revealing magnificent snow-covered peaks surrounding the town.


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