San Carlos de Bariloche (commonly, Bariloche) is the undisputed capital of the Argentine lakes region, and as such, also for adventure tourism, hiking, skiing, flyfishing, horseback riding at nearby ranches, visiting glaciers, and more.
The city is relatively new, having been founded in 1903, and more dense settlement starting in the 1930s with the arrival of the railroad. It is a city that lives from tourism, and is built on the southern side of the giant Nahuel Huapi Lake, which brings a cooling breeze into the city at most times of year.
Bariloche is a great base of operations for any of the above adventure tourism, as well as some of the world’s really spectacular drives, such as Siete Lagos (seven lakes) which is a relatively short (about 65-mile) tour past some of the prettiest lakes, national parks and towering peaks the area has to offer. You can start the drive in Bariloche, which is an hour and fifteen minutes by car from Villa La Angostura.
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