Top Things to Do and See in Bariloche, Argentina

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.

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Nahuel Huapi National Park

Río Negro, Argentina
+54 294 442-3111

Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi boasts views of mountain peaks, glaciers, rushing rivers, verdant forests, wildlife, the spectacular lake itself and all-year recreational activities.

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Cerro Catedral and other Ski Resorts

Cerro Catedral, Bariloche
Cerro 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.

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Sports and Recreational Activities

Río Negro, Argentina

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.

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Mitre 298, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
+54 294 442-3294

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.

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Lake Tours, Boating, Rafting, Kayaking

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.

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Circuito Chico

RP77, Río Negro, Argentina
+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.

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Centro Cívico S/n, R8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
+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.

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Nightlife and Restaurants

Plenty of choice! Restaurants, bars, apres ski, nightclubs offer a variety of choices and entertainment for all budgets.

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Hotel Llao Llao

Av. Ezequiel Bustillo Km. 25, R8401 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
+54 294 444-8530

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.

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Tour El Bolsón

El 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.

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Things to Do and See in Bariloche, Argentina