End of the Line
Zapala, Argentina - A train once came here and there were big plans to have the tracks cross the Andes to Temuco via the ‘Roots’ tunnel, the longest in South America. But it never happened, though people still talk about it. The new gossip is that Brazil will build a big dam here, generating hydroelectric power from the waters of the Limay
River that has a confluence near the city of Neuquen. It’s off the grid for backbackers and skiers who are adventurous may pass through it’s bus terminal on their way to Caviahue or Bariloche, but it’s rare that anyone from outside Argentina actually stays here. Today the weather is cold, it’s like a Canadian winter and it’s snowing.