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.
Chocolate, Hiking and Lake
From ziplining to snowboarding, try the fun activities on this resort on the snowy mountain where Argentine skiing began.
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.
Trek around a vast lake and marvel at the inspiring natural scenery in the first national park set up in Argentina.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.