November 28th, 2011.
A bus ride that lasts 20 hours is my idea of hell. But there isn’t much of an option really. There isn’t a lot between Buenos Aires and Bariloche (my next destination). So its with great resentment that I jump aboard a double decker bus at Terminal de Omnibus de Buenos Aires. Though it wouldn’t be South America if the bus wasn’t an hour late.
The buses here are different to the intercity buses you get in Europe and even Australia. I have ridden buses in Turkey and thought they were fantastic and reasonably priced. Here though, you have a few different options.
The bus I’m on is a Cama bus. That means the seats recline to 160 degrees, are leather, and I get a decent food service. And a movie service of a few decent flicks (sometimes you are lucky and get one in English, other times it is in Spanish – so its quite a good idea to charge up that laptop and ipod for those long journeys.
However, the bus isn’t too packed and it’s not a bad journey. The scenery is very barren for most of the trip. Until you get near Bariloche and it changes to some incredible stuff. But you have to get used to these long bus journeys. Oh well. We arrive, unscathed, probably smelling a bit and step off the bus in some chilly conditions that I wasn’t expecting.
Some photos from the stop we had somewhere en route are down below. Enjoy.