Bariloche, formally known as San Carlos de Bariloche, is an all-season destination with scenic beauties, sports, activities, tours, attractions, skiing, top nightspots and quiet out of the way retreats. Known internationally, Bariloche welcomes visitors to Argentina's Lake District.
Nahuel Huapi National Park
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi boasts views of mountain peaks, glaciers, rushing rivers, verdant forests, wildlife, the spectacular lake itself and all-year recreational activities.
AddressCerro Catedral, Río Negro, Argentina
Mount Otto, located in San Carlos de Bariloche, was the venue for the first ski championship in the 1930's. Take the cable car up to the restaurant.
Cerro Catedral is the most complete and it continues updating its facilities in order to offer visitors the most advanced infrastructure.
The views from Cerro Campanario are spectacular.
Sports and Recreational Activities
Ride a horse, bike, walk, trek, hike, or parasail through and over the forested hills for rest and relaxation and many scenic views.
Trekking options are Refugio Frey, Cerro Leones and Cerro Lopez. Cyclists enjoy the Circuito Chico.
Bariloche is the chocolate center of Argentina and the plentiful shops in town offer enough variety to please the chocoholic. Frantom will whet your appetite for more and you'll find plenty to savor at Mamushka (Mitre and Rolando), Estrella Alpina (Km 4 de Pioneros), Rapa Nui (Mitre and Villegas) Abuela Goye (Quaglia and Mitre) Fenoglio (Mitre and Rolando) and Tante Frida.
The lakes offer a number of options to enjoy water sports. One of the more popular excursions is the Cruce de Lagos, of Lake Crossing between Chile and Argentina. Take this photographic tour in reverse for the crossing from Bariloche to Puerto Montt, Chile.
AddressRP77, Río Negro, Argentina
Phone+54 294 442-9850
Bike the beautiful half-day 60km route around the lakes. Riding clockwise is the easiest way, but if cycling isn't for you, take a bus and enjoy the views.
The longer Circuito Grande includes more lakes, small towns, more great views and a deeper appreciation of the lake district.
AddressCentro Cívico S/n, R8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Phone+54 294 442-2309
Museo de la Patagonia, in the Centro Cívico has a sections for Natural Science, Anthropology and regional history and a room for exhibitions.
Other good choices are the Museo del Lago Gutierrez, in Villa Los Coihues and Museo Paleontológico on Costanera Avenue.
Nightlife and Restaurants
Plenty of choice! Restaurants, bars, apres ski, nightclubs offer a variety of choices and entertainment for all budgets.
If you feel like splurging, the renovated hotel is a classic resort: there's a golf course, boating, and much for the wealthy to see and do.
Tour El Bolsón
AddressEl Bolsón, Río Negro, Argentina
Located south of Bariloche in Argentina's Patagonia, El Bolsón offers Andean scenery, mountain sports, fishing, relaxation and the bounty of the area to visitors seeking a peaceful and restful vacation.