San Carlos de Bariloche
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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.

From Bariloche: Chico Circuit & Colonia Suiza Tour

2. From Bariloche: Chico Circuit & Colonia Suiza Tour

Begin your trip with pickup from your hotel in central San Carlos de Bariloche and embark on a sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights. Take the traditional Chico circuit - a 60km route through stunning natural scenery and the wonderful Bariloche landscapes. First, discover different sections of the coast along the shores of the Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes. On Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue - arrive at Playa Bonita, where you can see Huemul Island. Head to Campanario Hill for an incredible panoramic view of all the lakes and hills. Make a stop here and feel free to purchase a ticket to ascend the ticket (not included). Next, pass by the iconic Llao Llao Hotel, as well as the San Eduardo Chapel, and Puerto Pañuelo. Continue the route through Llao Llao Municipal Park, crossing Angostura Bridge where the Moreno and Huapi lakes meet. Admire the view of Lopez Bay and Capilla Hill. From there, the Llao Llao Peninsula can be seen together with the surrounding lakes, a classic Bariloche postcard. Cross the Moreno Lake bridge to El Trébol Lagoon. Then, head to visit the Colonia Suiza - the first European settlement in the region. Taste the traditional curanto, an originally Araucanian meal that was introduced from Chile by Emilio Goye - one of the first settlers. Discover several tea houses and restaurants, handicraft businesses and an important craft fair. Finally, return to Bariloche where your tour concludes.

Bariloche: Full-Day El Bolsón and Puelo Lake Tour

3. Bariloche: Full-Day El Bolsón and Puelo Lake Tour

Head south from Bariloche on a magnificent journey to the town of El Bolsón. Pass by the Gutierrez and Mascardi lakes, then through the wilderness of Pampa del Toro and La Veranda, where you can take in views of the mighty Ñirihuau and Aspero mountain ranges. Cruise down a sinuous road through Cañadón de la Mosca. A few minutes later, arrive at the small village of Villegas River. Cross the Foyel River, the Quemquemtreu River, and arrive in El Bolsón, a tiny town nestled in a picturesque area at the foot of the Cerro Piltriquitron Mountain. At the local fair in the central square, discover amazing craftwork — proof that the local artisans have achieved an undeniable level of skill in working with wood, clay, metals, stones, dried flowers, among many other materials.  The market is famous throughout Patagonia and consists of more than 230 stands, where you can find wool, knives, preserves, pottery, and more. Spend the rest of your trip touring the ranches that produce fine fruit, jams, and organic processes, and/or visiting the Puelo Lake National Park. Head back to Bariloche after a relaxing day in the countryside.

Indigenous People of Patagonia History Tour

4. Indigenous People of Patagonia History Tour

Discover he history of Patagonia's indigenous people’s history walking through Bariloche downtown. Visit the Civic Center to explore the main sections of the Museum of Patagonia, established in 1940 by the national government to promote the then-remote ski resort town. Learn more about the natural history of the area and its original inhabitants. Use your entry ticket to return later in the day to marvel at the collections of fossils, tools and implements at your own pace if you wish. Make your way to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi, surrounded by beautiful gardens. Marvel at the amazing stained glass windows and the Via Crucis. End on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and gaze in awe at the glacial valleys.

German Footprint Tour

5. German Footprint Tour

This guided walking tour is a 1 kilometer walk. It starts in the Bariloche Civic Center, by the tourist information office, and it takes tourists to the German neighborhood. It describes the three main waves of German immigration to Argentina and Bariloche by going to key representative sites, as the Civic Center, the Bariloche Andean Club & Nahuel Huapi National Park administration, the German School, Belgrano Square and the house where Erich Priebke lived before being extradited in 1994 after an American journalist discovered his presence. In the end, it closes with a discussion about theories on German presence in Patagonia. The research & development of this walking tour is a joint work of a tour guide and an anthropologist from the German community.

From San Martin de los Andes: Seven Lake Route & Bariloche

6. From San Martin de los Andes: Seven Lake Route & Bariloche

Get picked up from your accommodation in San Martin de los Andes and set off on your adventure. Travel along the scenic Seven Lake Route, making stops at each lake along the way. Cross through indigenous Mapuche land, admiring the mountains covered by dense forests of Cypress and Nothogacea trees.  First, stop at Lacar Lake and learn about the geography and history of the area. Then, visit viewpoints at Machonico Lake, Falkner Lake, Villarino Lake, Mirror Lake, Correntoso Lake, and Nahuel Huapi Lake. Then, arrive in the small city of Bariloche, known for its Swiss alpine-style architecture and its chocolate, sold in shops lining Calle Mitre, the main street. Enjoy some free time to explore and stop for lunch. Finally, return home taking a 3-hour route. Arrive in San Martin de los Andes at 7 PM where your tour concludes.

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What people are saying about San Carlos de Bariloche

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 10 reviews

The downside of the tour was that they didn't pick us up from our hotel. We were told to a hotel 50 meters away, on the same street, forcing us to wait for more than 15 minutes in the cold in front of that hotel. We didn't understand why they didn't pick us up from our hotel, as the bus stopped almost in front of us. Other than that inconvenience, it was a very pleasant day. The vessel is comfortable and as we had paid for a VIP accommodation, the service was exceptional. The guides were very good and the tours were great. Worth it.

Great tour, perfect timing to all the stops, Raul our guide was absolutely incredible and really made the whole day as informative as it was special. Plenty of food on the boat in between stops. Would definitely recommend to others looking for a day trip out on the water when visiting Bariloche.

There were only two of us English speaking customers on a boat of 240, but the tour operator was kind enough to give us own guide. We had our own private tour.

Gorgeous landscape, excellent guide (Jatsy), informative and fun. The walk in the Bosque dos Arrayanes became something superfluous.

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