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San Carlos de Bariloche Outdoor sports

Our most recommended San Carlos de Bariloche Outdoor sports

Bariloche: Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Waterfall

1. 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.

Cerro Tronador

2. 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.

Circuito Chico

3. 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: Boat Tour to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest

4. 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, where you will find lush vegetation and an incredible view of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Following the trails of this beautiful and 1000-year-old island, head towards Playa del Toro, where you can see the paintings made by the indigenous peoples that once lived in the area, surrounded by a magnificent volcanic-sand beach. Finally, return by boat to Pañuelo Port where the tour ends. Upgrade your tour to include roundtrip transfers to and from a selection of hotels in Bariloche by selecting the option with transfers.

Bariloche: Circuito Chico with optional Cerro Catedral

5. 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 Edward's Chapel to see its quaint wooden architecture before traveling to the foothill of Cerro Campanario. Take an optional cable car ride to the summit to admire National Geographic’s ‘eighth best view in the world’, before the tour returns to Bariloche.

Bariloche: Horse Riding with Breakfast and Lunch Included

6. Bariloche: Horse Riding with Breakfast and Lunch Included

As part of a private or small group tour, enjoy a hotel pickup and head to the estancia (cattle ranch), located 30 km from San Carlos de Bariloche, approximately 45 minutes away. Enjoy a traditional breakfast before setting off for your two hours of horse riding though the Patagonian Steppe. The horse riding takes place in an incredible desert setting, giving you the opportunity to ride on irregular, undulating grounds. Experience the ups and downs or the terrain, crossing paths and streams with the most beautiful views. You’ll pass by typical fauna and wildlife and, if you're lucky, catch a glimpse of deer and condors, one of the largest birds capable of flying in Argentina.   Following the completion of your riding experience, you’ll have time to relax and taste the richest Argentinian asado (grilled meat) before returning to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Villa La Angostura and Bayo Hill Guided Day-Trip

7. Villa La Angostura and Bayo Hill Guided Day-Trip

Embark on a guided full-day trip to the village of Villa La Angostura, known as "The Garden of Patagonia". Visit nearby lake-side villages and stop at Bayo Hill to ski in the mountains.  After your early morning hotel pickup, set off from San Carlos de Bariloche towards Villa La Angostura, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Argentina.  Admire the breathtaking views of Lake Nahuel Huapi and the surrounding mountains as you drive through the famous National Route 40. On the way, make a stop at the picturesque, snow-capped Bayo Hill. Here, you can choose to spend the day skiing or continue with the tour onto the Villa La Angostura.  Be led a city tour of Villa La Angostura and visit the nearby lake villages in Bahía Manzano and Bahía Mansa. On the way back to San Carlos de Bariloche, travelers who opted to stay for a day of skiing will be picked up in Bayo Hill.

Bariloche: 4-Hour Cerro Catedral Base Tour

8. 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 climbing, trekking, mountain biking, rappelling, and more. 

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What people are saying about San Carlos de Bariloche

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

The tour was very good, I thought that we would not go down to the bayo hill for so long and it was a pleasant surprise not only to arrive but to be there for a good time, and well the visit to Villa la Angostura is a must if you visit Bariloche, it is worth it!

Very nice route, you have to go warm, since there are areas where the wind feels very strong and icy.

Spectacular, I recommend it to be the first excursion to take in Bariloche.

Muy amable. Lindo sitio y vistas increíbles. sin problemas

Puntualidad y excelente servicio de la guía turística