Jun 24, 2013|
Planning a Trip to Bariloche
If you are traveling to Argentina and are interested in visiting one of the country’s most beautiful highlights, then a trip to Bariloche is definitely a must-see. Planning a trip to Bariloche? Read to find out things to do in Bariloche, how to get to Bariloche, and more!
San Carlos de Bariloche:
San Carlos de Bariloche is located in the Lake Region of Argentina and is usually called “The Gates of Patagonia.” The city is in the foothills of the Andes and is surrounded by high alpine lakes.
One of the reasons why we highly recommend Bariloche as a top destination is the fact that you can get to do a wide variety of outdoor activities depending on the season you are visiting the city.
Bariloche is famous for its amazing ski resorts. And if you want to practice some winter sports, make sure you plan your trip from late June to September. This way, you will almost be guaranteed to have fresh powder snow.
If you visit the city in summer or spring, from November to February, you will find a completely different landscape. The mountains are green and the city looks more like a giant garden full of flowers of every color. This is the perfect time in Bariloche for other outdoor activities such as trekking, bike riding, and swimming in one of the many lakes.
How to Get to Bariloche:
Bariloche can be reached by land from Buenos Aires on a road trip that takes around 22 hours. The ticket price is fairly economical and gives you a good opportunity to see some of Argentina’s landscape. You can also reach Bariloche by air from Buenos Aires. There are currently two airlines covering this route. The carrier own by the Argentine government, Aerolineas Argentinas, and the Chilean carrier LAN. The ticket price is relatively expensive (compared to domestic flights in Europe) but if you have a limited time in the country and you rather spend more time in each destination, the air ticket is definitely worth the extra money.
As far as accommodations go in Bariloche, the options are quite abundant. You can find hostels for the backpackers as wells as luxurious chalets for those who prefer comfort over the price. Check out our Recommended Bariloche Hotels. The Llao Llao Resort (pictured above) is by far the most luxurious option, nestled in the town of Peulla on the Lake Crossing route between Bariloche and Puerto Varas. There are many tours you can choose from that include a trip to Bariloche. Here are some examples:
This 9-day tour will give you a memorable tour around the Lakes District of Patagonia. Start your trip with the visit of Bariloche, then head to San Martin de Los Andes, and admire the beautiful landscapes. Take the Seven Lakes Route and enjoy the beautiful scenery before traveling to Pucon. Then transfer to Puerto Varas where you will have a beautiful view of lakes and volcanoes. Afterward, enjoy a Llanquihue Lake Tour and visit beautiful cities before embarking on an 8-hour lake district crossing. This tour is a great choice if you want to admire breathtaking views of lakes and volcanoes.
This 9-day tour will take you on the scenic Ruta 40, which cuts through the heart of Argentina’s glaciers and lakes to show you some of Patagonia’s best highlights. Start high in the Andes with the visit of Bariloche and its surroundings such as Nahuel Huapi Lake. Then travel to Esquel through El Bolson and Alerces National Park and enjoy a train ride to admire Patagonia’s beautiful landscapes. Continue on Ruta 40 and stop at an estancia to meet some Gauchos before heading to El Calafate. End this tour with the visit of Los Glaciares National Park and enjoy the sight of Perito Moreno over Lago Argentino.
On this 8-day tour, travel to Puerto Madryn and enjoy the beautiful wildlife of whales, sea lions, penguins, and many other bird species. Then, transfer to Esquel and visit Los Alerces National Park to enjoy the beautiful scenery of forests, lakes, rivers, and glaciers. Afterward, travel to the city of Bariloche and enjoy some excursions to see Cerro Tronador Volcano and the Llao Llao region where you will have a beautiful panoramic view of the Moreno Lake. End this tour on top of the Campanario Hill and admire the sight of the whole region.