Amid the breathtaking natural beauty of Argentina’s Lake District is Bariloche, officially San Carlos de Bariloche, a scenic vacation destination for lovers of the outdoors. Nahuel Huapi National Park surrounds the city, so Bariloche is a perfect base from which to discover the natural treasures of Argentina’s largest national park.

Get your bearings at the Centro Civico, a collection of quaint Swiss-style buildings against a mountainous backdrop. Pick up maps of the national park from the tourist information office or learn about Bariloche’s history and culture at the Museo de la Patagonia.

Ride the cable car to the summit of Cerro Otto for panoramic views. It’s the closest mountaintop to the city center and home to the adventure sports resort Piedras Blancas. Explore hiking trails in summer. In winter, ride toboggan and ski runs, such as the 75-mile (120-kilometer) runs at Cerro Catedral.

Catch a public bus or join an organized tour around the Circuito Chico, which travels along the south banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Take a boat tour from Puerto Pañuelo to discover waterfalls and islands with tall Arrayán trees. Ride the chairlift to Cerro Campanario for unrivaled views, or hike to the summit of the 11,480-feet (3,500-meter) tall Cerro Tronador.

Bariloche is well-known for its chocolate industry, established by Swiss immigrants. Sample the tempting chocolate treats in the stores along Mitre Street or visit the Fenoglio Chocolate Museum. Afterwards, enjoy grilled steaks or gourmet dishes in a cozy restaurant. Bariloche is also famous for its nightlife and receives hordes of high school graduates in July.

Get to Bariloche by taking a domestic flight from Buenos Aires or on one of Argentina’s excellent long-distance buses, which service most of the country and neighboring Chile. If you have the time, rent a car to explore the scenic Seven Lakes Road, which begins 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Bariloche and passes lakeside villages, mountains and valleys. Snowfall often causes roads closures, so check the conditions and take precautions.

Known for

Chocolate, Hiking and Lake

Top Hotels in San Carlos de Bariloche

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Llao Llao Hotel & Resort Golf-Spa
5 out of 5
Av.Bustillo KM 25, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
CA $273/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.8/5Exceptional! (240 reviews)

"This is the most beautiful place on Earth! The views are attonishing."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 2019

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort Golf-Spa
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Design Suites Bariloche
4.5 out of 5
Av. Bustillo Km. 2.5, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
CA $154/night
Aug 31 - Sep 1
4.3/5Excellent! (694 reviews)
want to go back!

"we booked for our honeymoon. the hotel is fantastic!!! the staff is AMAZING! always very very helpful. I DEF recommend. the only 2 issues we had are that its hard to get around the hotel area - you need to request a car/van for pretty much anything. and theres no ac... theres 2 small windows in the ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 24, 2019

Design Suites Bariloche
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Nido del Condor Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Av. Bustillo Km. 6.9, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
CA $189/night
Sep 11 - Sep 12
4.4/5Wonderful! (226 reviews)

"Great room with an amazing lake view. Nicolas in reception went above and beyond to schedule our last minute tour and spa appointments. The breakfast was good and the staff was always willing to accommodate your requests. Awesome service, thank you!"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2019

Nido del Condor Hotel & Spa

Popular things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Piedras Blancas Lookout
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Piedras Blancas Lookout

From ziplining to snowboarding, try the fun activities on this resort on the snowy mountain where Argentine skiing began.

Cerro Campanario
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Cerro Campanario

Soar over forests, mountains and lakes on the chairlift to reach the top of the hill. See Patagonia’s spectacular terrain laid out before you.

Nahuel Huapi National Park
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Nahuel Huapi National Park

Trek around a vast lake and marvel at the inspiring natural scenery in the first national park set up in Argentina.

Top activities in San Carlos de Bariloche

Half Day Horseback Riding Tour
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Half Day Horseback Riding Tour

CA $117

According to the chosen option, we will pick you up from your hotel and head towards San Ramon Ranch, driving on Route No 23. As we arrive at the Puesto La Fragua of San Ramon Ranch we will be welcomed by the warm staff with some hot beverages and delicious sweets, including the traditional Mate (infusion similar to tea with purifying proprieties).

Scenic Tour of Bariloche
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Scenic Tour of Bariloche

CA $26

See the best of Bariloche on a 4-hour fully-guided, private tour through one of the most gorgeous cities in Argentina. Visit the charming López Bay, gain insight into the city's history, and ride a scenic chairlift to Cerro Campanario, voted one of the “Top 10 Views in the World” by National Geographic.

Andean Lakes Crossing Trip to Puerto Varas from Bariloche
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Andean Lakes Crossing Trip to Puerto Varas from Bariloche

CA $392

Take the scenic route on your journey into Chile with this combination of a scenic bus ride and a cruise across the lakes of Patagonia. From the waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi to the Petrohué Waterfalls and Lake Todos los Santos, you can see some of the best sights in the region.

Half-Day Bariloche Sightseeing Tour
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Half-Day Bariloche Sightseeing Tour

CA $53

Get to see the main highlights of Bariloche in just a couple of hours! First, head to Playa Bonita, just 8 kms away from the city, to get panoramic views of Huemul Island.

Victoria Island & Arrayanes Forest Shared Tour
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Victoria Island & Arrayanes Forest Shared Tour

CA $86

Venture just 30 minutes outside of Bariloche for a full-day adventure on enchanting Victoria Island. Embark on a relaxing boat ride across Lake Nahuel Huapi, enjoy a guided nature walk through the remaining Arrayán forest, and ride a scenic chairlift to Cerro Bella Vista for breathtaking views.

Tour to Mount Tronador & the Black Glacier
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Tour to Mount Tronador & the Black Glacier

CA $65

Venture to Nahuel Huapi National Park for a full-day adventure through the region's forests, lakes, beaches, and waterfalls. This fully-guided tour ends at Mount Tronador, Bariloche's highest mountain, featuring the unique black glacier.

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