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Bariloche at a glance

Bariloche is the gateway to a number of destinations nearby, in the Lake district of Argentina. San Martin de los Andes has excellent summer and winter sports, Villa Angostura is quaint and nearby, Esquel is the gateway to Los Alerces Park National Park, and El Bolson is very picturesque. If Bariloche skiing and adventurous sports aren’t enough, the city itself is thriving with cultural dining, dancing, and shopping. There are several surrounding area museums, including Don Moises Private Museum and the First Settlers Museum, and a plethora of great restaurants and entertainment, all within a few blocks of your lodging.

Bariloche Bucket List - What not to miss!

  • Half day exploring around Circuito Chico
  • Full day excursion through Circuito Grande
  • Experience the local markets at El Bolson
  • Take to the water and Kayak Gutierrez Lake
  • Crossing the Nahuel Huapi Lake to Puerto Varas
  • Navigate Lake Victoria & Arrayanes Nat’l Park
  • Catamaran sailing experience to Puerto Bless
  • Explore the Seven Lakes Route to San Martin

Highlights you don't want to miss

  • Circuito Chico

    See the highlights of Barilcohe heading west from the city through Lake Nahuel Huapi, Huemul Island To the south a stunning view of lookout over the Llao Llao Peninsula and surrounding lakes.
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  • Circuito Grande

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Fast Facts on Bariloche

USEFUL TRAVELER INFORMATION

This is the section with a basic road map to help you in planning your trip to Argentina, hopefully to give an idea of a general time to travel, what areas may be of interest, visas and other great information.

When to go

The Lake District around Bariloche can be visited all year round, but of course when you choose to visit depends very much on your interests. Spring, summer and fall are the domain of the hikers, when blue skies, sunshine and mountain breezes make the whole area perfect for exploring. Be it an easy summer stroll or a full-on hike, the best time to visit is between September and May. If you are a dedicated snow baby and want nothing more than to hit the slopes of Patagonia’s winter wonderland, then the Southern Hemisphere winter from June to August is the opportune time. During the summer, the adventurous love Bariloche’s guided hiking, river rafting, paragliding, kayaking, golfing, and various other activities, all within close proximity of town. 

How to get there

Flights at Bariloche’s Teniente Luis Candelaria airport arrive daily from Buenos Aires, and also other local cities, such as Esquel, El Calafate, Trelew and Mendoza City depending on the time of year. Direct flights also connect Bariloche with Santiago de Chile. Getting to San Martín de los Andes by airplane is possible by flying from Buenos Aires to the Aviador Carlos Campos airport in Chapelco. Buses reach all sites in North Patagonia. The ride from Buenos Aires takes between 20 and 24 hours, and there is a wide range of prices and service quality. From San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport there are at least a dozen flights daily to Buenos Aires There are also seasonal flights to Sao Paulo, Salta, Mendoza, Ushuaia and Puerto Iguazú. It’s possible to travel by boat and bus to Chile aboard the Lake Crossing tour. 

Infrastructure

Being one of the first and most important tourist sites in the country, Bariloche offers a wide range of possibilities in lodging. From five star hotels, to beautiful B&Bs by the lake, or very comfortable cabins by the Cerro Catedral resort. San Martín de los Andes, in a smaller scale, has also a very complete lodging proposal in town, or by the Chapelco ski resort. In Villa La Angostura, cabins, aparthotels and B&Bs are the most frequent type of lodging. This has much to do with the village’s peaceful atmosphere. The best way to move around this region is by car or 4×4 vans. This will allow you to choose your own routes and stop when and wherever you wish. Several car rental outlets are available in Bariloche, San Martín and La Angostura. Tour shuttles are also a good option to know the highlights around one area, while regular buses are OK to move from one place to another. 

Experiences around Bariloche

What to do

The Lake District around Bariloche can be visited all year round, but of course when you choose to visit depends very much on your interests. Spring, summer and fall are the domain of the hikers, when blue skies, sunshine and mountain breezes make the whole area perfect for exploring. 

Circuito Chico

The tour starts in the city of Bariloche and heads west from the city by the AV Bustillo bordering Lake Nahuel Huapi. At km 8 is Playa Bonita, from there you can see Huemul Island. At km 17 is reached the foot of Cerro Campanario there operates a chairlift that moves people to the summit (1050m) from where you will see one of the most beautiful views of the region (Chairlift cost not included). Following Bustillo Avenue passing zone San Pedro Peninsula at Km 25 the Llao Llao area is reached. There is the Chapel St. Edward regional architectural jewel, and on Lake Nahuel Huapi Scarf port where sailing excursions leave from Lake Nahuel Huapi. To the south a stunning view of Llao Llao Hotel framed by the Capilla and Lopez Hills. Later you will arrive at Panoramic Point from where you can see the lovely view of Llao Llao Peninsula & surrounding lakes. 

Circuito Grande

You will head northwards along National Route 237, crossing the outlet of Nahuel Huapi Lake and the spring of Limay River. Following the river, you’ll pass by the Amphitheater and then go on towards the Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley) and Confluencia Traful, a region of transition between the Patagonian steppe and the Patagonian Andean forest. Leaving behind Route 237, you’ll take Provincial Route 65 west, towards Villa Traful bordering Traful River until you reach a natural balcony overlooking Traful Lake. The road continues bordering the lake, passing through Villa Traful towards Arrayanes Port. From there you’ll go on up, through a shady forest to El Portezuelo (940 m) where you will meet the Seven Lakes Road going southwards to lakes Correntoso, Bailey Willis, and Espejo. Finally you’ll take National Route 231 towards Villa La Angostura. 

El Bolson

In its 300 stands, the El Bolsón regional market gathers a world of ceramics, wool, wood, leather, metals, dry flowers, jams, fresh vegetables, fruit that has just been collected and everything done by the local craftsmen and producers. Impressive and protective Mount Piltriquitron offers the possibility of practicing different activities. The carved wood, which combines art and nature to 1,400 m.a.s.l, lodges sculptures carved in dry trees by foreigners and national artists. Soft and warm air drafts have established an ideal spot for the practice of paragliding. Furthermore, the mountain has a shelter to spend the night and from there go over the summits and reach stunning vantage points, from which the Osorno Volcano can be spotted in Chile and Mount Tronador in Argentina on cloudless days.

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