November 30th, 2011
Over last nights dinner, the hostel was trying to book a rafting trip. And due to low numbers the rafting company was offering a 2 for 1 special. At 480 Pesos. It came down to the last 2 places whilst Anna and myself contemplated it.
It was more along the lines of “I’ll do it, if you do it”. So after a little to and froing we put ourselves down for rafting and all you can eat Asado.
At the bright old hour of eight we get picked up by Extremo Sur (a local company that is highly recommended). And pay our fee before being driven as they say about an hour an a half out of town. But take that as about two hours.
At the local farm they use to store the gear and have the asado. We are shouted to a breakfast. Which is quite good – even if we did have exactly the same at the hostel. But the Desayuno was sweet croissants, café con lech, te and tang (which everyone here loves).
We get fitted out with our sleeveless wetsuits, boots, a jacket, helmet and life jacket. Then its off to the River.
Its only a short ride, and we get to the Rio Mansa. Get all our stuff on and get given the safety instructions before hitting the river. The first couple of hundred metres are about what commands our guide gives us such as : forward, backwards, left backwards, right backwards, pile left, pile right and sit down.
Its then onto the main course which is about 10 rapids which range from class III to class IV. All have an abundance of names like Flintstones (because its rocky), Deepthroat (narrow and takes a lot of water) and Internacional (because its on the border of Argentina/Chile). It’s a pretty fun filled day of action. Its really quite fun being at the front and copping the white water on the head and we end up drenched but happy.
We illegally cross the border into Chile before getting changed and heading back to the farmhouse. And straight into some Vino Rojo and the all you can eat asado. Which is really good. The farmers actually host the asado and bring out tonnes of meat on little trays. It’s a first in best dressed for the food. And its not long til the meat sweats kick in. It was rather pleasant.
We head back to the hostel and celebrate the days adventure with some booze and dinner. Really another quiet night down in Bariloche.