Cerro Otto is a mountain that stands on the outskirts of Bariloche. With several activities and attractions in addition to the cable car ride up, sweeping vistas, and 360-degree revolving mountaintop restaurant—the only one of its kind in Argentina—Otto has turned what was formerly just a lookout point into a tourism center. The Basics
The extraordinary views from the top of Cerro Otto, either outside or while inside enjoying a warm drink, are expansive and include Nahuel Huapi Lake, Bariloche, and the snow-capped peaks of Cerro Catedral, Cerro Tronador, and Cerro Campanario. Activities at the summit include hiking, cross-country skiing in winter, and tubing in the spring, summer, and fall. There are also some guided walks, including wintertime ones that require the use of snowshoes, and an aerial adventure park (open seasonally) with suspension bridges and ziplines.Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Cerro Otto is a must-do for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground, and other gear appropriate for the mountain and the season.
- Bring a warm jacket, a hat, and gloves, as it’s nearly always chilly at the top of the mountain, and there’s always a breeze blowing.
There are several ways to reach Cerro Otto, located just 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Bariloche. Most visitors arrive by public transport—buses stop just outside the entrance to the cable car station at the base of the mountain. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or drive yourself.
When to Get There
Cerro Otto is open year-round, with different activities depending on the season. Winter weather conditions may cause some access delays due to heavy snow or ice, and the cable car may suspend service due to strong winds.
Cerro Otto Summit
To access the Cerro Otto summit (4,610 feet/1,405 meters), most visitors ride the cable car. At the top, a revolving restaurant with windows on all sides turns slowly, completing a rotation in 20 minutes. There’s also an art gallery with replicas of works by Michelangelo. But the main attraction at the summit remains the views over the lake, the city, and the mountains.