The 20 person bus picks us up outside the apartment at 8:15am. Tour guide Gabi explains that she has reserved the seat behind the driver for us because we are the only English speaking people on the tour and that way she can just lean over and talk with us.
After picking up other passengers on our way out of town we are on the famous Ruta 40 heading north. We are joined by 13 other people all from Argentina - Salta, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Mendoza and Buenos Aires.
Gabi explains that this tour is of the seven lakes and that Lago Nahuel Haupi(the one Bariloche abubts) does not count. We drive along the lake and it is much larger than I thought - it has extra "fingers" not visible from Bariloche. Gabi uses the time to provide information about the area. Tourism is clearly their primary industry and Gabi explains that in 2011 one of the volcano's in Chile erupted and caused the airports to be closed for eight months. We can still see some of the ash in the landscape. 85 kilometers from Bariloche we pull into the city of Villa La Angostura for a bio-break at a cafe. It is a cute town also on Lago Nahuel Haupi filled with sweet shops and restaurants.