So after spending a few expensive nights(expensive for our purposes, really only about $13 US p/per) in downtown Barioloche we opted to take the hour long bus ride to the other side of Lago Moreno to quaint mountain town of Colonia Suiza. Colonia Suiza was founded by Swiss settlers in the late 19th century and was the first of many Swiss settlements throughout Patagonia. The town takes much pride in its Swiss roots, which is evident from the small artesenal chocolate stands and the Alpine architecture, and still retains much of the expected charm and personality of a small European settlement, largely due to the fact that it is still only has a population of 86 permanent residents, scattered along a stretch of road no longer than one New York City block, and is surrounded by nothing more than campgrounds and rugged wilderness.
But what was truly amazing and entirely unexpected about this quite, little village nestled between some of the regions most beautiful mountains and lakes was that it is a FREAKIN PARADISE FOR LIVE MUSIC!!!! Mwwwauuaahahahahaha!!! Every single night at the town´s one restaurant/bar (which couldn´t possibly hold more than 50 people comfortably) there was a new live act to enjoy. One night we saw a local jazz/funk/samba group called Pica Pica, who brought the house down with covers of Ray Charles´ Halelujah, Yes I Love Her So and Parliament´s Motor Booty Affair. The next night we saw an Argentine Blues (or Bluss, as the sign outside read) duo who played mostly their own material and some songs by Memphis, an famous Argentine blues/rock band from the late 70´s. To top it off, most nights the music followed a futbol match (one night Boca v. River, another night Argentina v. Costa Rica) which probably drew in every crazed futbolista within a
On our day/last night in Colonia Suiza the town was inundated by more dreaded, petrouli scented, hippies and wild, mountaineering beardos (along with a sprinkling of cute Argentine families and their ADORABLE children) for the 8th annual Festival de Musica de