Day 1 in Bariloche
Welcome to Bariloche! Upon arrival at the airport, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do!
We recommend you get acquainted with the city and take a stroll around downtown Bariloche, which sits on the shores of the tranquil Nahuel Huapi Lake. The Civic Center of San Carlos Bariloche is situated in the heart of town boasting Swiss-alpine-style architecture in the buildings, which date back to the 1930`s. The buildings are constructed of log and stone with wooden doors made of wood from the surrounding mountain areas. In this popular plaza, you will find plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops, enjoy a nice lunch and take in the authentic surroundings.
Bariloche is famous for its chocolate and Calle Mitre is a quaint cobblestoned street brimming with chocolate shops. Stroll along and sample some delicious chocolate, do some souvenir shopping and purchase other delicious local produce such as smoked meats and cheeses.
Downtown Bariloche also boasts a few museums, including the Patagonia Museum which is a good place to learn about the history of the Lake District. Check out the beautiful Cathedral of Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi featuring vibrantly stained glass windows and the surrounding lush verdant gardens. Both locations offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes along with great photo opportunities with the Saint Bernard dogs outside of the Civic Center.
Head up Cerro Otto, one of the many majestic mountains surrounding the lakeside city. Visitors are whisked up to the top of the mountain, which stands 4,609 feet above sea level, in a small red gondola. Once at the summit breathtaking views over the lakes and the region can be enjoyed while browsing the shops and art gallery. Spend your evening at the revolving restaurant located on the summit with spectacular views. Other activities on the mountain include sledding and tubing.
Day 2 in Bariloche
Today is the day to hit the slopes! Cerro Catedral, or Mount Cathedral is home to the largest ski resort in South America and offers some of the best skiing in the region. This action-packed area covers over 3,000 acres with 62 miles of ski runs and a wide range of other snow-filled activities. Spend your morning swooping down the mountain, take some snowboarding lessons, go sledding and savor the astonishing views over the sparkling lakes below. Enjoy some lunch and refreshments at one of the 21 different restaurants and bars found in the village, wander around the chocolate shops or shopping mall and even spend the night in a wide range of accommodations located on the mountain.
You can quite easily spend an entire day and night on Mount Cathedral. There are also many other mountains and lakes in the region to explore, including Mount Lopez and Lopez Bay. Cerro Lopez is the city`s most famous alpine peak found in the Swiss-like town of Colonia Suiza nestled in the foothills of the mountain. There are miles of impressive trails up to the summit which stands at 6,810 feet above sea level. Zip lining is another exhilarating activity offered on the mountain along with horseback riding and mountain biking. The stunning Lopez Bay sits close to the mountain, another alluring place to enjoy the natural beauty and surroundings.
Llao Llao Peninsula is a charming area on the shores of Lake Moreno, the lacustrine peninsula is part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and the Llao Llao Municipal Park covering thousands of acres of land brimming with a large number of outdoor activities.
As evening time approaches make your way down to the Beach, Playa Bonita is situated just 5 miles from the heart of Bariloche. A half-moon shaped beach lined with palm trees and a great place to relax and take pleasure in the surroundings. There are many restaurants and bars situated here making it the ideal place for dinner and drinks.
Day 3 in Bariloche
Spend today exploring the great outdoors in this striking region. The verdant landscapes, rolling hills and sparkling lakes in the Patagonian Lake District are packed with an abundance of outdoor activities and adventure.
Wander through the Nahuel Huapi National Park dominated by the mountain chain of the Andes featuring snow-clad peaks, extensive forested areas, river rapids, waterfalls, and glaciers. Lake Nahuel Huapi is the main lake in Argentina`s Lake District, it is the largest and most popular lake in the region dotted with islands and brimming with clear blue waters with an average temperature of 45 degrees. Many activities take place on the lake including kayaking, boating, and fishing, there are several different beaches along the shores of the lake.
Visit Los Arrayanes National Park, which is another stunning area on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi filled with 300-600-year-old Arrayan trees and bursting with wildlife including condors, eagles, hawks, and woodpeckers. Visitors can hike to the park from the port of Villa La Angostura.
Take a boat ride to Victoria Island, boat tours leave from Puerto Panuelo to the small island, which sits in the middle of Lake Nahuel Huapi. The thousand-year-old island was once home to Indian communities, hike through the lush pine forests on the island to discover cave paintings made by the natives.
Activities on top of activities are offered in the spectacular region of Bariloche. Visitors can go horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, sports fishing, boating, kayaking, and skiing. Spend your days enjoying the outdoors and nature.
Take some time to check out the region`s craft-beer movement, Bariloche is the epicenter for numerous brewpubs and breweries. In town, you can find a brewery on every corner many of which are award-winning. Choose a Brewery, grab a beer and sit in the beer garden while enjoying gourmet snacks.
As evening time approaches, dine on some of Argentina`s famous steaks or Cordero al Palo (spit-roasted lamb) at some of the fine dining establishments found in town. These delicious dinners can be paired with the region's famous Malbec wines. Moreno Street is a happening location for nightlife in the city, lined with bars and clubs for a fun night on the town.
Additional Days in Bariloche
If you are able to spend additional days in Bariloche take a tour of the picturesque seven lakes, Camino de Los Siete Lagos is offered as part of a bus tour from Bariloche. The tour will take passengers to several places of outstanding natural beauty such as Villa Quila Quina known for its natural water resorts, Villa La Angostura where sailing, fishing, and mountain biking can be enjoyed in the native forests and emerald-hued lakes of the region.
Visit San Martin de Los Andes is a picturesque town featuring wooden and stone Swiss-style architecture in charming wooden chalet accommodations. A popular region for exploring the mountains and skiing at Cerro Chapelco.
Hike on Tronador Hill, the highest mountain in Bariloche standing 11,660 feet above sea level.
Your Last Day in Bariloche
Depart from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer to the airport if so the representative will meet you at your hotel with plenty of time to get you to the airport for your flight out.