Tourism and activities in Bariloche
Bariloche is one of the most intense and incredible places in Argentina. You will discover stunning views of its lakes, streams, rivers and mountains.
You will be mesmerized by the wonders that Nature gives us every day. You will enjoy the fresh air of the forest and the changing colours that the different seasons bring. The summer with its long sunny days, the colors of the rainbow during the fall and spring, and its unique white winter snows.
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From June to October, Bariloche is one of the greatest tourist attractions in the country, offering visitors the chance to practise skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, heli-skiing, sleigh and quad rides.
Mt. Catedral , Mt. Otto and Mt. Neumeyer offer services for both sports enthusiasts and those who simply enjoy snow activities and want to have a good time.
For winter sports beginners, these hills, with their gentle slopes and woods, provide ideal spaces. Visitors will also find plenty of services such as sale and / or rental of clothing and equipment to avoid the cold.
More experienced sports fans will find spectacular slopes reaching heights of 2,100 meters above sea level. Cross country fans will be surprised with the options available.
A welcome break in the enjoyment of the mountain can mean a tasty lunch or coffee, with a wide variety of food services offered, including traditional local dishes and the best chocolate in town.
Nahuel Huapi National Park has a large basin of lakes and rivers, with easy access, particularly suitable for the reproduction and dissemination of species of great sporting value.
Among the most popular species, the rainbow trout can be found before and after the rapids, often searching fast and crystalline waters, whereas the brown trout is found in almost all the rivers and lakes in the area.
Meanwhile, brook trout and landlocked salmon can also become the reason for a fishing day, either with the spinning technique (spoon), fly casting (fly) or trolling (using different baits) are used. Obviously, the most challenging technique is fly casting, offering the best prospects to the fish and requiring a high skill for the fisherman.
Among the most popular spots for this sport you will find the Lake Nahuel Huapi and its system of rivers and tributary streams, the Limay River with its Rainbow trout, the Correntoso River where important pieces of brook trout and brown trout are often found, and the systems of the Rivers Traful and Manso, acknowledged as the best salmon spots in the region.
Lakes Fonck, Hess and Roca have good specimens of rainbow and brook trout, while other smaller lakes, such as the Moscos, abound in rainbow and brown trout.
IMPORTANT: The season runs for six months, from November through April. In Moreno lake you can fly fish all year round, but with release.
Horseback riding with your family in the steppe, or in the forest; kayaking along crystlline glacial rivers among the mountains, or in lakes such as Gutiérrez or Mascardi, taking a break on the coast. Rowing with friends? Sure! 5 in a Hawaiian canoe, to the rhythm imposed by the guide of the boat ... or if your goal is to experiment intense emotions ... the proposal is to go rafting down a section of the Manso river.
Water, air and land. Nature at its best. From paragliding , experiencing the flight of birds and breathtaking panoramic views, to stimulating treks more among snowcapped peaks or glaciers before reaching a cosy mountain lodge.
And if you prefer to alternate activities, you may ride a four-wheel drive on a mountain road and “fly” down " through the trees with the best canopy experience in the region. Another possibility is to go biking through forest trails or sailing on the Brazo Tristeza of Lake Nahuel Huapi and then trek to the Frey waterfall with a guide in the middle of an ancient forest.
Diving is also an option, making us feel unique sensations in waters known for their brightness and transparency; and if what you want is to steer a boat, that can also be done. Because in Bariloche anything is possible.
The most important network of mountain shelters in the region is in Bariloche .If you are planning to visit them, do not forget to pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a cap for the sun, as well as walking shoes, water heater, and water bottle.
Trekking Registration is compulsory and free as it is important to inform where you are going, with whom and when you are planning to return: www.nahuelhaupi.gov.ar and information centers of Andino Club and National Parks.
IMPORTANT : Request specific mapping at OFFICE OF NATIONAL PARKS Av San Martin 24 - Phone: 294 4423111/4422734 www.nahuelhaupi.gov.ar or Club Andino Bariloche 20 de Febrero, 30 - Phone: 294 4424579 www.clubandino.org
Circuito Chico or Small Circuit
The most traditional circuit around of Bariloche begins in downtown, bordering the southern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Visiotrs will reach a unique viewpoint, known as Panoramic point, as well as outstanding attractions like the Llao Llao Hotel and San Eduardo Chapel, near Puerto Pañuelo . 17 km away from the center of the city is the Mt. Campanario. From its viewpoint and the coffee shop located on its top you can enjoy the incredible panoramic views of the area.
The historic Llao Llao Hotel & Resort . Golf . Spa is an imposing attraction on the road – a natural landscape which attracts all visitors and offers a unique view of the area and of the luxurious hotel of Patagonia.
Lots of tea houses and craft breweries, as well as spaces where textiles, ceramics, leather, candles and all kinds of crafts are sold.
Also, the gentle trails of Llao Llao Municipal Park offer the possibility of quiet walks through the woods.
Mt. Otto is just five kilometers away from the city center. Upon reaching the base you can ascend with a gondola as far as the rotating cafeteria. This modern lift service covers the distance from the Lower Station to the Top Station, located on top of Mt. Otto , over a distance of 2100 meters. It consists of 42 panoramic gondolas which accommodate 4 passengers each.
The town is 129 kilometers south of Bariloche , on Route 40 South. The road skirts lakes Gutiérrez, Guillermo and Mascardi. In the city, visiting the traditional handicraft fair and the farms that produce fine and sweet fruit is a must. It is also famous for its cheeses and craft beers.
This visit offers two possibilities, reaching Lake Puelo, 16 kilometers away from El Bolson or El Maitén to see La Trochita, travelling along 45 kilometers or visiting the workshops. Before traveling, check the dates and times of train rides.
It is the largest ski center in the Southern Hemisphere, offering a wide service infrastructure for the practice of winter sports. It is reached thorugh a paved road from the city center, by car, tour bus or urban transport and can be visited all year round. It has several lifts to ascend to the top. There are hotels, restaurants, bars and several shops to welcome tourists. As in the great resorts of the world, in Bariloche the whole structure of snow centers becomes true ecological parks. Thus, Mt. Catedral in summer provides opportunities for climbing, trekking, mountain biking, paragliding and rappelling.
The Route of the Seven Lakes allows you to travel between the cities of San Martin de los Andes and Bariloche , offering breathtaking landscapes.
184 kilometers separate Bariloche from San Martin de los Andes – this is a full day visit. You will see Lakes Nahuel Huapi, Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner, and Machónico. Bordering Lake Lácar you reach San Martin de los Andes, where lunch and a tour the city are provided. The way back through Paso Cordoba offers a different view – you will ride along lake Meliquina, with the forest giving way to unusual rock formations. Upon reaching Confluencia, you will ride along Limay River, through Valle Encantado and the Amphitheater, as far as Lake Nahuel Huapi and Bariloche.
The ascent to this hill can be done on foot or by means of a chairlift. The view from the summit is spectacular, and most people agree that it is one of the best in Bariloche and even in the world. Visitors will find a tearoom where they will enjoy the best cuisine and homemade cakes.
To reach the foot of Mt. Campanario you should go down Bustillo Avenue as far as 17,500 Km.
For those fond of walking, climbing on foot is a good choice. The hill is not very high (the summit is about 1050 m) and although it is constantly rising, reaching the top takes about 30 minutes. You can see the lakes Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno, El Trebol lagoon, San Pedro and Llao Llao peninsulas , Victoria Island, Mt. Otto, López, Goye, Bellavista, Catedral and Capilla; Llao Llao Hotel , Colonia Suiza, among many points of interest.
You will be moved by the breathtaking views of clear skies, forests, and the whole of Nature, encompassed in the wonderful Andean Patagonia.
Cerro Viejo or Old Hill
Only ten blocks away from the Civic Center in a fun adventure park for the whole family. Chairlifts, trails, myrtle forests, a coffee shop, a giant slide, a restaurant, a skiing museum and handcraft fair make this an unforgettable visit.
Circuito Grande or Big Circuit
This visit starts in Bariloche, along National Route 237, crossing the Ñireco stream, the Nirihuau and the Limay rivers, bordering the provinces of Neuquén and Rio Negro.
Going along Limay River as far as Rincón Grande visitors will find the so-called Amphitheatre and then the Enchanted Valley, where strange rock shapes can be seen – a few kilometers later you reach Confluence.
Thereafter, through forests of cohiues you will border Traful lake until you reach the village of the same name and then to Port Arrayan and El Portezuelo where the road joins Route 234, or Route of the Seven Lakes. Following the route south bordering the lakes Espejo and Correntoso , you will reach the junction of Villa la Angostura. After going through Manzano Bay and Huemul river, the way back to Bariloche begins.
In Mt. Leones Park one of the most important caves in the area, 15 kilometers away from Bariloche, can be visited. It is a rocky bastion with caves which were inhabited by the first inhabitants of the region more than 8000 years ago. In one of them there is a spring forming a small lagoon. Discovering these caves is an adventure in itself, finding their ancient paintings and climbing towards the summit among rock bridges and trails.
The main cave is 30 meters wide and 130 meters long and the visit is led by a guide who describes the historical, cultural and geological features of the place.
Mt. Tronador and Los Alerces waterfall
The landscape surrounding Mt. Tronador, the highest hill around Bariloche, within the Nahuel Huapi National Park, offers the unique opportunity to see a glacier: the Ventisquero Negro. On the way to the hill, more than 3,400 meters high, various natural phenomena can be appreciated. After leaving the center along Route 40 South, which borders Lake Gutiérrez, you will reach the Divisoria de Aguas, from there all the rivers and lakes flow into the Pacific and up to that point in the Atlantic. Thereafter, the road follows the east bank of Lake Mascardi. After crossing Villa Mascardi, you turn right and go along a gravel road with radales, abundant musk, maitenes, coihues, cypresses, among others, that guard the narrow path.
In Los Rapidos Bridge trout can be seen swimming in the crystal clear water and if you're lucky you can also see a kingfisher. The Manso River changes hue along the route, after being born on top of Mt. Tronador. After many curves you reach Pampa Linda, which displays a hostel, a campsite and a military outpost. From here continue the climb up the Ventisquero Glacier, a glacier that descends from the Tronador, and is one of the few wonders of the world still standing.
For more information about Activities in Bariloche visits the official website of Tourism in Bariloche: www.barilocheturismo.gob.ar