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Cerro Tronador is the standout attraction among many day-trip and hiking options in Bariloche. It is named for the thunderous sound the volcano made before it went extinct, but the name (Thundering Mountain) is still apt, for the rumbling icefalls as giant pieces of ice shed from the glacier, which are audible at a safe distance. The main attraction is the Ventisquero Negro (also called El Manso), which means black glacier, and it’s easy to see why. It is mainly covered in darkish soil and moraine, and small pieces that have broken off float in a milky lake at its foot.

The glacier is the source of one of the nearby rivers, called Río Manso (tame river), which you can also see, and there are waterfalls, including the impressive Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), where several waterfalls come together.

Cerro Tronador looms over the hamlet of Pampa Linda, you arrive at after driving along U-shaped,  pale blue Mascardi lake. Visitors can hike up to the glacier at Refugio Otto Meiling (where you can also spend the night) and keep going until the road ends at the Garganta del Diablo falls. You can also do this part by bike. In either case, you’ll want to be careful not to get too close to the falls’ edge.

Practical Info:

The gravel road out of Bariloche does one-way service to Cerro Tronador in the morning, and back in the afternoons, and it is slow going, as it is unsealed (ripio). The drive can take two hours or more, but unpaved roads are what crisscross most of the region, including the Ruta 40 which runs down the spine of Argentina’s part of Patagonia, so this is fairly typical outside of the well-touristed part of this region. You’ll have to rent a car or do a tour to visit the Cerro, as there is no public transportation.

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Cerro Tronador Day Trip from Bariloche, Bariloche, null
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Cerro Tronador Day Trip from Bariloche

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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 $91.07
Mount Tronador and the Black Glacier Day Tour, Bariloche, Day Trips
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Mount Tronador and the Black Glacier Day Tour

Visit spectacular Nahuel Huapi National Park where you will see such wonders such as Tronador, the highest mountain in the region, and the Black Glacier.

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

From USD $54.80
Climbing Trek to Cerro Lopez from Bariloche, Bariloche, Day Trips
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Climbing Trek to Cerro Lopez from Bariloche

Join this unforgettable guided outdoor adventure and climb Cerro Lopez. This medium to high effort trek requires about an 8-hour activity and reaches the ...  Read more

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

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Full-Day Tour of Nahuel Huapi Lake and Small Circuit, Bariloche, Hiking & Camping
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Full-Day Tour of Nahuel Huapi Lake and Small Circuit

Enjoy a boat ride along Tristeza branch of the famous Nahuel Huapi Lake. Take a short hike (weather permitting) to explore the unique waterfalls in this area. ...  Read more

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

From USD $290.00
Cerro Falkner Hiking Tour from San Martín de los Andes, San Martin de los Andes, Day Trips
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Cerro Falkner Hiking Tour from San Martín de los Andes

Soak up panoramas of glassy lakes and snowcapped peaks from the top of Cerro Falkner in the Neuquén province of Argentina, on this full-day guided hiking ...  Read more

Location: San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $168.99

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