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Welcome to Bariloche

Operating at an entirely different pace than cosmopolitan Buenos Aires (a two-hour flight away), San Carlos de Bariloche offers adventurers a host of ways to get close to nature. Nestled at the foot of the Andes and on the banks of glacial lake Nahuel Huapi, this Patagonian town offers easy access to pristine wilderness and show-stopping views. Go horseback riding on the Llao Llao peninsula; kayaking through Andean lakes; and skiing on snow-capped peaks—Cerro Catedral is a popular resort with both visitors and locals—against stunning natural scenery. The town of Bariloche itself is a pleasant place to while away some time: Stroll past the Alpine-style shops on the main street, and duck into one of the many restaurants or ice-cream shops for a bite or a sweet treat. Day trips are easy and plentiful, and it is easy to lace up your boots and go hiking at nearby Cerro Tronador, Cerro Campanario, or through the Bosque de Arrayanes national park. Visit Villa la Angostura, filled with old-fashioned wooden buildings; or visit the market filled with handmade goods in the town of El Bolsón. Whatever activity, guided tour, or day trip you pick, Bariloche rewards with adventure—and photo ops—at every turn.

Top 10 attractions in Bariloche

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Nahuel Huapi National Park

Nahuel Huapi National Park

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Stretching over 1.8 million acres, Nahuel Huapi National Park is Argentina’s oldest national park. Centered around the region’s largest lake, Nahuel Huapi, and encompassing the popular resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche, this enormous park offers mountain and forest hikes, and the opportunity to cruise the lakes.More
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Tronador Hill (Cerro Tronador)

Tronador Hill (Cerro Tronador)

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Rising 11,660 feet (3,554 meters), Tronador Hill (Cerro Tronador) is Bariloche’s highest mountain. It sits on the border between Argentina and Chile, nestled between two national parks. The mountain’s name comes from the Spanish word for thunder, a reference to the rumbling icefalls from the area’s seven glaciers, which are audible from a safe distance.More
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Villa La Angostura

Villa La Angostura

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Perched on the northern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake, and surrounded by the forests and snow-capped peaks of the Lakelands, Villa La Angostura is nicknamed the Garden of Patagonia. Ideally situated for exploring the Argentina’s lakes and mountains, the small resort town makes a popular alternative to Bariloche.More
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Nahuel Huapi Lake

Nahuel Huapi Lake

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With a surface area of 210 square miles (338 square kilometers) and extending over the Chilean border, Nahuel Huapi Lake is Argentina’s largest. At the heart of the Lakeland region, visitors come to explore the beaches, islands, and lakefront towns of Nahuel Huapi against a backdrop of the Andes Mountains.More
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Victoria Island (Isla Victoria)

Victoria Island (Isla Victoria)

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Victoria Island (Isla Victoria)—the largest island in Nahuel Huapi lake—lies at the heart of the eponymous national park. The island is characterized by rugged coastline, volcanic black-sand beaches, and pine forest, and features a backdrop of snow-capped peaks; all of which make it one of the most picturesque spots in Argentina’s Lakelands.More
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Otto Hill (Cerro Otto)

Otto Hill (Cerro Otto)

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Otto Hill (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.More
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Belfry Hill (Cerro Campanario)

Belfry Hill (Cerro Campanario)

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Within the parameters of Nahuel Huapi National Park, you’ll find Belfry Hill (Cerro Campanario—a 3,442-foot (1,050-meter hill that reveals what are said to be the best views in Bariloche. From the hill summit, see San Pedro Peninsula, Lake Moreno, the Llao Llao Peninsula, and several snow-capped mountains.More
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Arrayanes Forest (Bosque de Arrayanes)

Arrayanes Forest (Bosque de Arrayanes)

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Arrayanes Forest (Bosque de Arrayanes), named after the rare Arrayán trees that grow along the northern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, is Los Arrayanes National Park's star attraction. Covering more than 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) along the Quetrihué Peninsula, it’s a picturesque spot for hiking and wildlife watching.More
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Lake Gutierrez

Lake Gutierrez

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Because its waters are warm and teem with fish, Lake Gutierrez is one of the most popular destinations near the Argentinean resort city of San Carlos de Bariloche. Situated within Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina’s oldest protected land, the lake has two common access points that sit on opposite shores.Villa Los Cohiues is the closest access point to the city and it’s where most people access the lake. Swimming, kayaking, and sport fishing are popular on the lake itself, while both hiking and horseback riding offers visitors the chance to explore the surrounding forests.Fishing is best at the opposite end of the lake, where the Torrontegui river flows into Lake Gutierrez. Declining fish populations encouraged the national park service to restock the lake, so rainbow, brown and brook trout are plentiful once again. Two seabirds—the Kelp Gull and Blue Eyed Cormorant—also live on Lake Gutierrez and throughout Nahuel Huapi National Park. It’s an unknown curiosity, as this region is the only known fresh water habitat for either species.More
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Lake Moreno

Lake Moreno

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Glacial Lake Moreno (Lago Moreno) lies in the Río Negro province of Argentina, near Bariloche. It covers more than 4,000 acres (1,618 hectares), and its waters are warmer than other lakes in the area, making it a popular destination for water sports and swimming. Along its shores are two small resort towns, Colonia Suiza and Villa Llao Llao.More

Top activities in Bariloche

San Martin de los Andes and the Seven Lakes Day Trip from Bariloche
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Tronador Hill Day Trip from Bariloche
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Nahuel Huapi Lake Cruise with Victoria Island and Arrayan Forest Walk
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Puerto Blest Sightseeing Cruise and Waterfalls Hike from Bariloche
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Cerro Catedral, Bariloche

Cerro Catedral, Bariloche

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Bariloche Horseback Riding Tour with Traditional Argentine Asado
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Half Day Small Circuit Tour: Mt Campanario and Llao Llao Peninsula
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San Martín de los Andes by The 7 Lakes Route
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Snow Baptism in Bariloche

Snow Baptism in Bariloche

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Bariloche Sightseeing Tour
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Bariloche Sightseeing Tour

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Fascinating tour of Germans in Bariloche.
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German Footprint & Nazi presence - Walking Tour in Bariloche
The tour guide's deep knowledge was incredible and he spoke clearly in English and Spanish.
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I nice basic tour to see the area...
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I nice basic tour to see the area around Bariloche.
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