Adventure and Outdoor Activities in the Lake District

By Viator, May 2014

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Bariloche is a quaint city with Swiss roots in Argentine Patagonia. It’s perched on the shores of the vast Nahuel Huapi Lake, and is considered by many to be Argentina's adventure capital. The surroundings make for great skiing, walks, hiking, boat trips and long lunches at a hilltop restaurant on Cerro Otto, that showcases the best that Bariloche has to offer, with a 360-degree view of the valley below.
From atop Cerro Otto it’s easy to see that the area around Bariloche is comprised of a diverse collection of lakes, forests, mountains and glaciers. There really is something for nearly every visitor, whether your idea of adventure is a day-long hike, a tranquil cruise across azure lakes or visiting the area’s highest peak, including a visit to the nearby “black glacier.”
One outstanding daytrip from Bariloche is the sightseeing lake cruise on Nahuel Huapi that takes you to Victoria Island. This trip continues on with an easy walk through a forest of cinnamon-colored arrayan (a type of myrtle) trees and up a chairlift for a full view of the surroundings. 

There are also hikes to suit many tastes near Bariloche, from short walks (like that in the arrayan forest), to full day hikes in the nearby national parks. But one of the most visually impressive ones is a day trip with a short walk to see the peak of Cerro Tronador This walk also goes past the “ventisquero negro” (black glacier).
But if what you really want to do is be out on the water for most of the day, Bariloche’s got that, too. The vast Nahuel Huapi Lake, is home to Victoria Island (see above), or you can take a one or two day combination boat and bus trip that takes you through the flatwater crossing that separates this part of Argentina from Chilean Patagonia, going over mountain passes and crossing three lakes, Nahuel Huapi, the emerald green lake Frías and Todos Los Santos Lake This trip has views of Cerro Tronador (the highest nearby peak, which you can visit on a daytrip, see above) as well as Puntiagudo, the perfect snow-capped cone of the Osorno Volcano, and a midday stop at Chile’s Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park before continuing on to Puerto Varas, in Chile.

No matter which outdoor activities you choose, you can end the day with a meal of Patagonian spit-roasted lamb, a Patagonian specialty. And for dessert? Something with chocolate. Bariloche’s main street is filled with chocolate shops, a throwback to its Swiss roots.

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Bariloche Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Soak up the beauty surrounding Bariloche on a half-day or full-day coach tour with an expert guide! Travel along a road that follows the gorgeous Nahuel Huapi ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 4 or 8 hours

From USD $34.00

Puerto Blest Sightseeing Cruise and Waterfalls Hike from Bariloche

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Take a scenic boat cruise on Nahauel Huapi Lake to Puerto Blest, where you can explore the unique natural landscape on foot and visit Los Cantaros Waterfall. A ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.63

San Martín de los Andes and the Seven Lakes Day Trip from Bariloche

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Venture along the Road of the Seven Lakes from Bariloche to San Martín de los Andes, a charming mountain town situated between Andean peaks on the ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.28

Cerro Tronador Day Trip from Bariloche

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Be awed by the thunderous sound of calving glaciers at Cerro Tronador (Tronador Hill), the highest mountain in the Andean Lake District, located in the heart ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.89

Nahuel Huapi Lake Sightseeing Cruise with Victoria Island and Arrayan Forest Nature Walk

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 7 Reviews

Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on spectacular Nahuel Huapi Lake and visit two unique forest habitats on this day trip from Bariloche. Ride a catamaran to ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.99

Mascardi Lake Kayaking and Trekking Tour from Bariloche

Experience Patagonia’s natural beauty by both land and water during this trekking and kayaking tour on Mascardi Lake. With an experienced guide, you’ll spend a ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $324.84

Lake Moreno or Lake Gutiérrez Kayak Tour from Bariloche

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Immerse in Patagonia’s natural beauty from one of its many lakes during this half-day kayaking tour, suitable for beginners or those with more skill. With an ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.63

Villa La Angostura Day Trip from Bariloche

Relax in the tranquil landscape of Villa La Angostura, a pristine mountain village in northern Patagonia. On this day trip from San Carlos de Bariloche, ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.99

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