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Lake Excursion to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest

1. Lake Excursion to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest

Start the first section of the tour in the Quetrihue Peninsula where you will visit the Arrayanes Forst.  After a quick walk, you will arrive at Bosque de Arrayanes where you will stay for 45 minutes and cross the forest on a path that is 2625 feet (800m) long. This trip culminates in the mythical cabin that functions as a tea house. From there you will board the catamaran and resumes your tour as you head to Bahía Anchorena. After several minutes of navigation, the catamaran will arrive at Puerto Anchorena. Once off the boat, you will begin your tour of the island. Among the possible activities, you can take the historical route, which is a 1-hour walk where you will have access to information related to the history of the island and its flora and fauna. The other option is you can trek to Piedras Blancas on a 5 mile (8km) route. You can also visit Toro Beach, where you can see cave paintings or the recreation area where you can take a break and even eat lunch. It should be noted that the island has a confectionery, where passengers have the opportunity to have lunch or a snack.

Cerro Catedral: Snow Baptism

2. Cerro Catedral: Snow Baptism

This is an ideal activity for those looking to have their first experience in snow sports. It includes transfers, a lift pass, a 2-hour class, and equipment, so that you can make the most of the privileged environment of Cerro Catedral. This ski center has the largest capacity to accommodate visitors in Argentina, with 34 lifts and 1,200 skiable hectares divided into forests, canyons, and off-track areas, as well as more than 60 tracks and roads. The tour begins with pickup at the meeting point, where you will board a heated vehicle and be transferred to Cerro Catedral. You will get kitted out in your ski or snowboard gear and, after greeting your instructor, you will receive an overview of your chosen activity and spend 2 hours mastering the basic techniques. The ski or snowboarding equipment can be used throughout the day. Then, you will have free time to enjoy more than 60 tracks, the lifts, and facilities of Cerro Catedral, like the restaurants and souvenirs shops. Return to the meeting point in Bariloche at around 5:00 PM.

Bariloche: Cerro Catedral Ski Passes, Equipment, & Transfers

3. Bariloche: Cerro Catedral Ski Passes, Equipment, & Transfers

An ideal activity for those looking to participate in winter sports for the first or 100th time. Benefit from pre-booking a comfortable, heated transfer between Bariloche and the mountain, ski passes, all equipment for the duration of your trip, and passes for the lift, and start having fun right away.   The ski center on Cerro Catedral has the largest visitor capacity in Argentina, with more than 34 lifts and 1,200 skiable hectares, divided among forests, canyons, and off-track areas, as well as more than 60 tracks and roads. Enjoy a foray into mountain bliss. Checkout the onsite restaurants and souvenir shops or spend the whole day zipping down the side of the mountain.

Bariloche: 7 Lakes & San Martin de Los Andes Road Trip

4. Bariloche: 7 Lakes & San Martin de Los Andes Road Trip

Set off on a full-day trip along the famous Road of the Seven Lakes route from San Carlos de Bariloche. Relish in unparalleled views of the countryside. Visit the true mountain village, Villa La Angostura, characterized by its stylized Alpine-wood architecture.  A few kilometers later, the Road of the Seven Lakes begins, passing by the beautiful Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner, Hermoso, and Machonico lakes. Each with a unique landscape and surrounded by ancient, leafy forests, marvel at unmatched natural beauty. Once in San Martin de Los Andes, situated on the shore of Lake Lacar, explore the area at your own pace. Return to your hotel in Bariloche.

Bariloche: Cerro Tronador

5. Bariloche: Cerro Tronador

Cerro Tronador is the highest mountain in the National Park Nahuel Huapi with three picks in its summit - one Chilean, one international, and one Argentinean. To arrive at its base from San Carlos de Bariloche it is necessary to take the national route #258 heading for El Bolsón and then, to arrive at the south part of Lake Mascardi, take the route #254 toward the right until arriving to Pampa Linda, a small village that has a hostel with a restaurant, camping site, park guard, and a section of Gendarmería Nacional. From here, you will see several paths for trips by foot or by horse that will allow you to discover places of an extraordinary beauty. You can admire, for example, the Manso Glacier or the snowdrift Negro, which together birth the Manso Superior River that ends in Lake Mascardi after traveling through the Valley of the Vuriloches. You could also head to Otto Meiling refuge, located 2,000 meters high, from where the ascent to the summits of the Tronador begins (experts only). Tronador is 3450 meters high and owes its name to the impressive noise that is made by large detachments of ice. Explore its surroundings on this tour with roundtrip transportation.

Cerro Tronador

6. Cerro Tronador

On this full-day excursion you’ll take in some of the most breathtaking features of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit lakes, beaches, mountains, and waterfalls, and admire the highest mountain in the Patagonia. Mount Tronador, 3,478 meters high, forms a natural border between Chile and Argentina. From the viewpoint at its base you can see the incredible glacier that feeds the Manso River. See the Ventisquero Negro (Black Glacier) that consists of huge brownish-gray blocks formed by avalanches of ice and mud. Visit La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat), a waterfall created by melted glacial ice, surrounded by high rock walls, and see the Saltillo de las Nalcas, a hidden waterfall in the middle of the forest. This mountain’s name, Tronador, comes from the thunderous sounds produced by the massive falling blocks of ice.

Bariloche: 1-Way or Round-Trip BRC Airport Transfer

7. Bariloche: 1-Way or Round-Trip BRC Airport Transfer

Start or end your time in Bariloche stress-free with a reliable transfer service between your city center accommodations and the airport. Enjoy a 1-way or round-trip transfer between the BRC-Teniente Luis Candelaria Airport and your hotel in the city center. Save yourself the hassle of lugging heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system using this door-to-door transfer service. Enjoy comfort and security, benefiting from the knowledge that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high standards.

Circuito Chico

8. Circuito Chico

A popular tour of Bariloche, this half-day circular route begins in the city and heads out to Lake Nahuel Huapi and Playa Bonita. From Playa Bonita you’ll be able to see Huemul Island. When you reach the foot of Cerro Campanario there’s a chairlift that takes people to the summit (1,050 meters). If you choose to take this optional ride to the top you’ll marvel at some of the most spectacular views of the region. The circuit continues on the San Pedro peninsula to the Llao Llao area. Admire St. Edward’s Chapel, an architectural jewel, and head to Puero Scarf on Lake Nahuel Huapi, where sailing excursions on the lake depart. To the south are stunning views of the Llao Llao Hotel, framed by the Chapel Hill and Cerro Lopez. When you arrive at Panorama Point you’ll admire the lovely views of the Llao Llao peninsula and surrounding lakes. Next you’ll cross the bridge over Lake Moreno that connects the lake with the Llao Llao peninsula and follow the route around Laguna El Treboll, before returing to the city of Bariloche.

Bariloche: Cerro Catedral Day Trip

9. Bariloche: Cerro Catedral Day Trip

This is an ideal activity for those looking for an exhilirating experience in the snow with friends and family. The ski center at Cerro Catedral is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.  Benefit from pre-booking a comfortable, heated transfer between Bariloche and the mountain.The booking includes a lift pass, a ticket to the Tour Cable Car Amancay, and a ticket to Play Park including 3 slides so that you can make the most of Cerro Catedral. Upon arrival, you will have free time to enjoy more than 60 tracks and trails, 34 lifts, and the facilities of Cerro Catedral such as restaurants and souvenir shops. Receive transport back to Bariloche after your day of fun in the snow, returning at approximately 5:00 PM.

Bariloche: Cerro Otto Cable Car

10. Bariloche: Cerro Otto Cable Car

See stunning natural sights all year long, each season with its own charm. The cable car rises to the summit at 1,405 meters above sea level, you can see the incredible panoramas from any of the 42 panoramic gondolas, with capacity for 4 people each.  Once at the top, you can enjoy a meal and a hot beverage at the Rotating Cafeteria, unique to South America, which allows you to appreciate the entire landscape through large windows while enjoying excellent regional cuisine. It also has an art gallery with the exact life-size casts of the most important works of Michelangelo Buonarroti: The David, The Moses and La Piedad. Visit the small cinema and disco Otto House Music. At the outside area you can enjoy snowshoe hikes through the woods, sliding tracks with sleds in winter or inflatables during the rest of the year.

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What people are saying about San Carlos de Bariloche

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 329 reviews

Matti was the best guide and the most helpful for me. Being able to articulate everything in English and give me a personal run down of what he was telling the rest of the group in Spanish. He made the tour even more better than it was. The route is beautiful and there are multiple opportunities to stop and see the lakes and their beauty.

Quick 4h ride , very good , beautiful landscapes , the cable car showed a stunning lake . Take cash , for the cable car .

Very nice experience! The driver was very polite and helpful. The van was new and in excellent conditions.

Excellent, pick up on time at the place indicated at the time of booking. The tour as described.

Great pick up! I didn’t need to wait and the van was comfortable