San Carlos de Bariloche
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Our most recommended San Carlos de Bariloche Activities

  • Bariloche: Circuito Chico with optional Cerro Catedral

    1. Bariloche: Circuito Chico with optional Cerro Catedral

    The trip begins with pickup from your hotel in central San Carlos de Bariloche and then embarks on a sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights. Visit some of the most iconic landmarks that San Carlos de Bariloche has to offer, and learn about this vibrant city from your local guide. Next, travel along the edge of the stunning Nahuel Huapi Lake, one of the most beautiful places in Patagonia. Admire the stunning views of the deep-blue water and the contrast against the rugged mountainous region that surrounds it. The tour continues along Bustillo Avenue, where you can marvel at panoramic views across Huemul Island and Playa Bonita. Arrive at Llao Llao village on the shore of Lake Moreno, set amongst picturesque rolling green landscapes. Visit the traditional Llao Llao Hotel, which founded the village in the 1990s, and gaze upon the vast natural scenes that surround it. Then head to Saint...

    The weather was perfect. The views were great. Got everything I wanted for the same price as a rental car, and no getting lost.

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

    2. 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.

    The overall tour was fantastic. The challenge was that there were no restrooms available and we travel with kids.

  • Bariloche: 4-Hour Cerro Catedral Base Tour

    3. Bariloche: 4-Hour Cerro Catedral Base Tour

    Cerro Catedral is the largest ski center in the southern hemisphere and offers an expansive list of winter sport services. It is open all year and has 34 means of lifts (between chairlifts, cabins, and towing equipment), facilitating the ascent of 36 thousand people per hour. In this tour, you will go to the ski center and have free time to explore and try out some sports. At the top of the mountain, enjoy beautiful views of the Nahuel Huapi and Gutiérrez lakes, the Andes mountain range, the Tronador hill, and the surrounding hills. With a wide range of gastronomic options and commercial establishments, there’s plenty to do even for those not so sport-inclined.  In winter, you’ll find everything you need for skiing and snowboarding: from equipment rentals to schools prepared to teach at all levels. In summer, check out the many adventure activities fit for the whole family — like climb...

  • Bariloche: Cerro Otto Cable Car

    4. 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.

    Receiving car and returning it was a breeze. nice car. Carlos who met us at the airport was great. Good English and very helpfull.

  • Circuito Chico

    5. 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 c...

    Just adequate to whet your appetite. The drive was enjoyable and we saw all the lakes from chosen viewpoints Must come back for a longer stay.

  • Cruce Andino: San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas

    6. Cruce Andino: San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas

    Depart from San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina and enjoy views of beautiful landscapes, natural landmarks, and spectacular lakes as you travel by boat and bus to Puerto Varas, Chile. The route you will travel has been used for more than 400 years by the native Huilliches and Mapuches.   Itinerary 8:00 AM - Travel overland from Bariloche to Pañuelo Port 10:00 AM - Sail from Pañuelo Port to Blest on Lake Nahuel Huapi 11:00 AM - Sail from Blest to Frías Port on Lake Frías 12:00 PM - Travel overland from Frías Port to Peulla 2:00 PM - Free time in Peulla for lunch 3:30 PM - Sail from Peulla to Petrohue on Lake Todos los Santos 5:30 PM - Travel overland from Petrohue to Puerto Varas 8:00 PM - Arrive in Puerto Varas

  • Cerro Tronador

    7. 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.

    Overall, a very good tour. The tour involves a quite lengthy drive on rough land inside the national park which was indeed tiring but amusing. This is the only way to drive inside the park anyway. Our guide Isis was great: very friendly, very knowledgeable and super helpful. The tour was also good in terms of organization, stops for toilet and brief stops for photos at scenic spots. Something noteworthy (at least to me) is the absence of trash bins in almost all locations. Visitors must return with their residuals due to the limited garbage collection service imposed by the nature of the place. Recommended.

  • Bariloche: Boat Tour to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest

    8. Bariloche: Boat Tour to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest

    Start the tour by departing from Pañuelo Port, located in the Llao Llao Peninsula. Sail for about 1 hour until the boat reaches the Quetrihué Peninsula. Disembark, and begin your tour of the unique Myrtle Forest which is considered the only one left in the world. While walking along a wooden trail, appreciate these 100-year-old species. Find out how The Myrtle (called “quetrihué ” in the Mapuche language) is a bush with an exquisite saffron color and white flowers. Native to this region, the bush takes on tree form and creates a magical and extensive forest canopy. It is cinnamon-colored and features a thin bark that comes off and reveals some white spots underneath which make the trees unique in themselves. At the end of the trail, visit the famous "Casita del Bosque". After walking amongst the spectacular woodland, board the boat and sail onwards to Anchorena Port on Victoria Island, ...

  • Bariloche: Cerro Campanario Chairlift Ticket

    9. Bariloche: Cerro Campanario Chairlift Ticket

    Travel hassle-free by pre-booking your chairlift ticket to Cerro Campanario, the most famous hill in Bariloche. At 3,444 feet above sea level, Cerro allows you to appreciate one of the most beautiful views of the region. Look out over Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno lakes, El Trébol Lagoon, San Pedro and Liao Llao peninsulas, Victoria Island, the Otto, López, Goye, Catedral, the Capilla hills, and the wonderful Cor Dillerano, the surroundings of the city of San Carlos de Bariloche.  What makes Cerro Campanário unique is that it has several viewpoints and not just one, allowing you to admire the landscapes from different angles. Take your time ruminating on the magical views in a peaceful setting. At the top of the hill there is also a cafeteria, in case you want to warm up with a coffee or hot chocolate.

  • Bariloche: Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Waterfall

    10. Bariloche: Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Waterfall

    Choose to meet at Pañuelo Port, or be picked up and driven to there. After setting off from Pañuelo Port, sail for an hour along Blest Branch, the most important branch of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Pass by Centinela Island where Perito Moreno's remains are buried. Marvel at the Los Cantaros Waterfall.   Afterward, disembark and hike a wooden trail buried deep in the lush vegetation of the "Valdivian Rainforest.” Arrive at Los Cantaros Lake, where you can admire a 1500-year old larch tree. Return to the boat and sail for 5 minutes to Blest Port. Visit the Bay and Frias River, famous for its emerald waters which originate from the glaciers of Mount Tronador.

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What people are saying about San Carlos de Bariloche

Everything super good, except for the return ... the bus was exaggeratedly slow as to "make time" and comply with the schedule. Yes, instead of saying that the tour lasts 9 hours, they tell me 7, I still pay the same amount

Recommend Circuito Chico but not Cerro Cathedral. If you’ve only a short stay in Bariloche you get to fantastic views over Patagonia with the chairlift you may take in Circuito Chico.

It is very comprehensive to get a nice look to all the area. But you may have to complement it with Circuito Chico a second day to get view of the lake and ski areas.

The super friendly and attentive staff paid attention to all the attractions. highly recommended

Really good way to see the Argentine Steppe. Excellent lunch too.