Torres del Paine
El Bolson, Argentina
January 16-17, 2003
El Bolson is a small town in a beautiful valley nestled in the Patagonian Andes two hours by bus from Bariloche. It enjoys a protected location with a unique microclimate allowing for the cultivation of many fine fruits and vegetables. In fact, one special area is known as the southernmost location in the world where wine grapes are cultivated. El Bolson is famous throughout Argentina for its exquisite strawberries, raspberries, cherries, currants and other produce produced on a multitude of small farms known as "chacras".
I travelled to El Bolson with my language teacher - providing me an opportunity to work on vocabulary of the many farm terms that I will be using in the future. Just for grins, I contacted a local real estate agent enquiring about the possibility of buying a chacra. He ended up giving us a half day tour of the area! I found out that you can buy a chacra of 60 acres, with exquisite views, good soil, water and a small house for around $90K US. You never know...
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