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Cerro Catedral and Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche

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The weather is turning cold in a hurry, but that didn’t keep us from exploring. On one bus route the city center, we could see two sights: the most prominent of peaks, Cerro Catedral, and the Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche.

Cerro Catedral in Bariloche

The Cerro Catedral in Bariloche is a well-known ski resort and, I’m sure, hopping in full winter. During our visit in the fall, it was mostly shut down, except for the gondola and a few restaurants.

Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina

Ski lift at Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina

Skipping the gondola ride to the snowy peak ($20 each), we walked along the streets of the village and then warmed up in the cozy ski lodge for a bottle of wine ($9 shared) – view included.

Inside the lodge at Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina

 


Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche

The bus ride back to town nearly passes the Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche – the Grotto of the Virgin of the Snow. We climbed the stairs to say a prayer. Hundreds of plaques offering gratitude were mounted to the flanking rocks and dated back as far as the 1970s (from those I could read). All gave thanks to the Virgin Mary. Fresh flowers and recently lit candles spread out before the statue of Mary. A humbling scene in a natural setting.

 Steps to the Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche, Argentina

A statue of Mary at the Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche, Argentina

Plaques of gratitude at the Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche, Argentina

A plaque dating to 1978 at the Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche, Argentina


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