San Carlos de Bariloche, known simply as Bariloche, is a city located in the province of Rio Negro, Argentina, and is the head of the Bariloche department.
It is located in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, in the southwest of the province, along with the Andes mountain range, on the southern of Nahuel Huapi Lake and its natural reserves, including lakes, forests, and mountains. Outstanding ski resorts are the main Bariloche attraction. The city has been considered by some sources as the second ski destination in the world and the largest in South America. It also has the largest birds in the world: The Condor. It has a wingspan that reaches 3.5 meters and 1 meter high.
Bariloche is the most visited destination in Patagonia and one of the most visited destinations in Argentina. It receives around one million tourists annually, mainly in the winter season, along with the influx from Europe and South America. It is known for being the main destination of the trip for secondary school graduates in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.
Come and enjoy one of the best destinations in Argentina:
Walk through the Civic Center:
without a doubt, the first activity to do in Bariloche, is a walk through its small civic center, a charming area characterized by its wood and greenstone architecture, with many similarities to the constructions of the Swiss or Austrian mountain areas.
A pause in the small Museum of Patagonia located in one of its buildings is also an excellent opportunity to know the Patagonian history in Argentina, being found diverse pieces of native peoples, natural sciences, letters of travelers and photographs of the region.
Purchase of typical handicrafts:
Bariloche is a city known for its traditional craftsmanship, with a range of typical products, including chocolates and sweets, native wood and ceramic handicrafts, jewelry with precious stones and hand-woven fabrics dyed with artisan techniques.
While in the whole city, you can find a number of shops and markets, where you can buy typical products and works from region, one of the most famous, is the Municipal Handicrafts Fair, just steps from the civic center, with numerous places where to choose between original works of artisans and common souvenirs.
Ascend to the Campanario Hill:
For those who seek the best views of the city and its natural surroundings, a must-see is the Cerro Campanario, a mountain of more than 1000 meters high, located only 17 km from the city, which is possible to ascend by foot or by of airlifts.
From its summit, it is possible to enjoy views of the lakes Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno, Otto hills, Bellavista, Cathedral and Chapel, the Swiss Colony and Victoria Island, the famous Hot Chocolate of Bariloche.
Climb to Cerro Otto:
another of the best options to enjoy panoramic views of the city and the National Park Nahuel Huapi, is Cerro Otto, a mountain of 1405 meters high, located 10 km from Bariloche, possible to climb on foot, by car or by of airlifts.
From its summit, it is possible to observe lakes Nahuel Huapi, Moreno, Gutierrez, Tronador and Cathedral hills and the peninsulas of San Pedro and Llao Llao. At the top of the hill, you can also enjoy the delights of its revolving confectionery or if it is winter, go down the various ski slopes.
Skiing in Cathedral Hill (Cerro Catedral):
possibly the most famous activity to do in Bariloche during the winter, is the vast winter sports offered by Cerro Catedral, a mountain of 2388 meters high, located 19 km from the city, home to one of the best centers of skiing in South america.
Its facilities include a ski area of more than 600 hectares, 54 slopes of various difficulties and a lively base that congregates restaurants, shops, coffee shops and hotels.