After two days of decadence, we headed further south to San Rafael. It’s a smaller town surrounded by The Andes, lakes, valleys and the beautiful Atuel River. We stayed at a ranch called La Finca Carmelita about 10 minutes outside of the town.
The finca was a refreshing change from a hotel. It was on a beautiful piece of land and had llamas, horses, dogs, geese and a fabulous swimming pool. I felt an immediate sense of calm there and loved every minute we spent at the ranch.
We only had one full day in San Rafael. We decided to take a tour through the mountains and go white water rafting in the canyon. The scenery was spectacular and just before we got to the canyon we stopped at a beautiful lagoon that was a shade of blue like I had never seen before.
The next stop was white water rafting. I was nervous because I had never done it before. But the water was quite calm so my fears were quelled and I got excited. Unfortunately, as soon as I put on my life jacket, I had a bizarre allergic reaction. I got a few hives on my arm. I didn’t stress and got in the raft. Soon after, my arms and legs were covered in hives. They looked like water bubbles under my skin! They didn’t hurt so I stayed calm and tried to enjoy the ride. Sure enough, as soon as I got out of the boat, the hives went away. I soon forgot about them and went back to enjoying the scenery on the ride home. We got back to the ranch just in time for an incredible sunset.
That night we had dinner with two of Alex’s friends. His former co-worker, also named Alex, and his wife, Monica. They met on vacation and Alex moved from Rosario to San Rafael when they got married. They are building a house and have a wonderful quality of life in San Rafael since they are just minutes away from the mountains and lakes. They are the cutest couple and prepared a fabulous asado for us. It was a very fun evening with lots of laughs!