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I am a lover of things foreign, animals, and outdoor sports (especially snow skiing). My husband and I originally moved to Argentina as owners and operators of a wine vineyard in Mendoza, but quickly learned that we needed to be around lakes and mountains. We moved to Bariloche and feel that we have found our calling here. We enjoy the trails and inspiring wilderness of Patagonia with our three dogs and cat. You can check out our daily adventures at www.livinginpatagonia.com

  • Hometown

    Bellingham, WA, USA

  • Location now

    Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina

  • Work published

    My writings have been published in International Living, Curve Magazine, Traveler's Anonymous.com, Flat Man Crooked.com, Famous Content, Argentina's Travel.com, Ten Foot Square.com, as well as others

  • Travel philosophy

    My travel philosophy is to become a part of the local community as much as possible and enjoy every moment (even if it doesn't seem so wonderful at the time).

  • Craziest place

    The craziest place I have ever visited was the haunted hot springs of Los Molles, in Las Leñas Valley.

  • Bizarre experience

    The most bizarre (but amazing) cultural experience I have had the pleasure being a part of would have to be our farm's caretaker's daughter's fifteenth birthday celebration. It was more spectacular and meaningful than any wedding that I have ever been to.

  • Advice

    To loosen up and let it flow--don't feel that everything has to be scheduled. Sometimes the greatest experiences are those least expected.

  • Dream destination

    My dream destination would be Bhutan, hiking with my friend Gambu Sherpa.

  • Traveled before

    I have traveled through the majority of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. I also lived in Germany for a while and was able to visit Switzerland, Austria, Lichtenstein, France, Italy, and the Chech republic

  • Going next

    Venturing into the backcountry of the Andes Mountains for some fun skiing.

Shanie Matthews's Guide Book Entries

Info

  • Safety

    Jan 24, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    San Martín de los Andes is a relatively safe place to visit, due, at least in part, to the many ......

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  • Getting To and Away

    Jan 24, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    There are four basic ways to get to San Martín de los Andes: By plane: San Martín has multiple airlines that offer ......

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  • When to Go

    Jan 24, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    San Martín's has a fabulous location - the town is situated between dry steppe and the lush lakes district - ......

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Destinations

  • Esquel

    Oct 07, 2008 - Esquel, Argentina

    Altitude: 570 meters/1,870 feet, Population: 30,000, Telephone Code: 02945 This cute town of 30,000 is a gem for the traveler that ......

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  • Puerto Varas

    Jun 13, 2008 - Puerto Varas, Chile

    Puerto Varas is located twenty kilometers from the region’s capitol Puerto Montt. It is a small, cozy town settled on ......

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  • Llao Llao

    Apr 05, 2008 - Llao Llao, Argentina

    Altitude: 767 meters/2,516 feet, Populaiton: 740, Telephone Code: 02944 Llao Llao is a suburb of Bariloche, located on Avenida Bustillo, ......

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Hotels

  • Camping Falkner

    Feb 12, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    The Seven Lakes Route is famous for its beauty. But it is even more special for those that stop and ......

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  • Nonthue Camping Agreste

    Feb 12, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    Located 45 minutes outside of San Martín, Nonthue Camping is a great place for visitors that want to pitch a ......

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  • Complejo Cabañas y Apart Antuen Spa de Montaña

    Feb 12, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    If you are looking to splurge a bit while traveling through San Martín, Complejo Cabañas y Apart Antuen Spa de ......

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Restaurants

  • Dublin South Pub

    Feb 12, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    A great, central location in San Martín, Dublin is a hot spot for early-evening drinks and late-morning coffee. There is ......

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  • Mónica Due

    Feb 12, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    Móníca Due is a romantic, Italian eatery nestled into its own little world. All meals are made with loving care ......

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  • Pizzeria La Nonna

    Feb 12, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    Located a bit off San Martín’s central zone, this pizzeria creates tasty renditions of the world's most favored Italian cuisine. ......

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Activities

  • Casino Magic

    Feb 12, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    A multi-level, 36,000 square-foot entertainment facility that offers action every night of the week, San Martín’s Casino Magic is a ......

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  • Teatro San Jose

    Feb 12, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    Teatro San José is a true representation of San Martín history. The community theater was originally started in 1957 but ......

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  • Comunidad Mapuche Curruhuinca

    Feb 11, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    Learning the culture of the Mapuche is an important aspect to understanding the true culture of Argentina. A great place ......

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Tours

  • Pura Vida

    Feb 12, 2009 - Bariloche, Argentina

    Despite being in the center of the Lakes District, Bariloche doesn’t have many companies that concentrate on kayaking on the ......

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  • Red Bus Citytour Doubledecker

    Feb 11, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    For a fun alternative in getting to know the village of San Martín and the surrounding area, try the Red ......

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  • Synapsis

    Feb 11, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    For people that enjoy spiritual experiences during their international travel, Synapsis offers a great array of opportunities to connect with ......

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Services

  • Ensamble

    Feb 03, 2009 - San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina

    If you are looking for an intimate setting that takes pleasure in books and music, then check out Ensamble. This ......

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  • El Bolson Shopping

    Nov 19, 2008 - El Bolson, Argentina

    One of the main draws to El Bolsón is the three-times-a-week craft fair. The number of booths that will open ......

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  • Laundry Service

    Nov 19, 2008 - El Bolson, Argentina

    The most popular laundry service is La Burbuja. They are quick and friendly and offer cleaning services that are a ......

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