San Carlos de BarilocheArgentina

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Visit San Carlos de Bariloche

Mountains and lakes, adventure sports, chocolate and Swiss-style architecture make this Argentine city a popular year-round destination.

Amid the breathtaking natural beauty of Argentina’s Lake District is Bariloche, officially San Carlos de Bariloche, a scenic vacation destination for lovers of the outdoors. Nahuel Huapi National Park surrounds the city, so Bariloche is a perfect base from which to discover the natural treasures of Argentina’s largest national park.

Get your bearings at the Centro Civico, a collection of quaint Swiss-style buildings against a mountainous backdrop. Pick up maps of the national park from the tourist information office or learn about Bariloche’s history and culture at the Museo de la Patagonia.

Ride the cable car to the summit of Cerro Otto for panoramic views. It’s the closest mountaintop to the city center and home to the adventure sports resort Piedras Blancas. Explore hiking trails in summer. In winter, ride toboggan and ski runs, such as the 75-mile (120-kilometer) runs at Cerro Catedral.

Catch a public bus or join an organized tour around the Circuito Chico, which travels along the south banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Take a boat tour from Puerto Pañuelo to discover waterfalls and islands with tall Arrayán trees. Ride the chairlift to Cerro Campanario for unrivaled views, or hike to the summit of the 11,480-feet (3,500-meter) tall Cerro Tronador.

Bariloche is well-known for its chocolate industry, established by Swiss immigrants. Sample the tempting chocolate treats in the stores along Mitre Street or visit the Fenoglio Chocolate Museum. Afterwards, enjoy grilled steaks or gourmet dishes in a cozy restaurant. Bariloche is also famous for its nightlife and receives hordes of high school graduates in July.

Get to Bariloche by taking a domestic flight from Buenos Aires or on one of Argentina’s excellent long-distance buses, which service most of the country and neighboring Chile. If you have the time, rent a car to explore the scenic Seven Lakes Road, which begins 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Bariloche and passes lakeside villages, mountains and valleys. Snowfall often causes roads closures, so check the conditions and take precautions.

Where to stay in San Carlos de Bariloche

Centro
Centro, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Centro

4/5(9 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Centro, Civic Center Bariloche and Cathedral of Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi are top sights worth seeing.

10 de Diciembre
10 de Diciembre, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

10 de Diciembre

While 10 de Diciembre isn't home to many top sights, Civic Center Bariloche and Cathedral of Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi are some notable places to visit nearby.

Top Hotels in San Carlos de Bariloche

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Edelweiss Bariloche
NH Edelweiss Bariloche
4 out of 5
San Martin 202, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
¥8,770
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in the heart of San Carlos de Bariloche, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lago Nahuel Huapi and Civic Center Bariloche. Bariloche Casino ...

4.2/5Very Good! (332 reviews)

"The front desk staff are terrific. The room was nice but the rug was dirty and there were drain noises in the bathroom. The breakfast was very good with a lot of choices."…"

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2019

NH Edelweiss Bariloche
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort Golf-Spa
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort Golf-Spa
5 out of 5
Av.Bustillo KM 25, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
¥24,641
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

This family-friendly San Carlos de Bariloche resort is located near the bay, within a 5-minute walk of Lago Nahuel Huapi, Llao Llao Municipal Park, and Puerto ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (275 reviews)

"The location ans service were superb! The restaurants onsite were also excellent, as was the spa."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort Golf-Spa
Soft Bariloche Hotel
Soft Bariloche Hotel
3 out of 5
Mitre 685, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
¥4,787
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14

Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lago Nahuel Huapi and Civic Center Bariloche. Cathedral of Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi and Municipal ...

3.6/5Good! (158 reviews)

"location: central, but a bit out of the way from the downtown noise... security: well monitored, staff always available..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019

Soft Bariloche Hotel

Popular things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Cerro Catedral Ski Area
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Cerro Catedral Ski Area

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Cerro Catedral Ski Area, a top ski area in San Carlos de Bariloche. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Civic Center Bariloche
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Civic Center Bariloche

4/5(54 reviews)

Civic Center Bariloche is a well-known landmark worth seeing in San Carlos de Bariloche. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Lago Nahuel Huapi
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Lago Nahuel Huapi

5/5(58 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lago Nahuel Huapi, a lovely green space in San Carlos de Bariloche. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Piedras Blancas Lookout
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Piedras Blancas Lookout

4.5/5(6 reviews)

From ziplining to snowboarding, try the fun activities on this resort on the snowy mountain where Argentine skiing began.

Cerro Campanario
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Cerro Campanario

5/5(29 reviews)

Soar over forests, mountains and lakes on the chairlift to reach the top of the hill. See Patagonia’s spectacular terrain laid out before you.

Lago Gutierrez
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Lago Gutierrez

5/5(17 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lago Gutierrez during your travels in San Carlos de Bariloche. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Top activities in San Carlos de Bariloche

Half Day Horseback Riding Tour
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Half Day Horseback Riding Tour

¥6,602

According to the chosen option, we will pick you up from your hotel and head towards San Ramon Ranch, driving on Route No 23. As we arrive at the Puesto La Fragua of San Ramon Ranch we will be welcomed by the warm staff with some hot beverages and delicious sweets, including the traditional Mate (infusion similar to tea with purifying proprieties).

Scenic Tour of Bariloche
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Scenic Tour of Bariloche

¥2,127

See the best of Bariloche on a 4-hour fully-guided, private tour through one of the most gorgeous cities in Argentina. Visit the charming López Bay, gain insight into the city's history, and ride a scenic chairlift to Cerro Campanario, voted one of the “Top 10 Views in the World” by National Geographic.

Andean Lakes Crossing Trip to Puerto Varas from Bariloche
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Andean Lakes Crossing Trip to Puerto Varas from Bariloche

¥32,298

Take the scenic route on your journey into Chile with this combination of a scenic bus ride and a cruise across the lakes of Patagonia. From the waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi to the Petrohué Waterfalls and Lake Todos los Santos, you can see some of the best sights in the region.

Victoria Island & Arrayanes Forest Shared Tour
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Victoria Island & Arrayanes Forest Shared Tour

¥7,118

Venture just 30 minutes outside of Bariloche for a full-day adventure on enchanting Victoria Island. Embark on a relaxing boat ride across Lake Nahuel Huapi, enjoy a guided nature walk through the remaining Arrayán forest, and ride a scenic chairlift to Cerro Bella Vista for breathtaking views.

Tour to Mount Tronador & the Black Glacier
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Tour to Mount Tronador & the Black Glacier

¥5,389

Venture to Nahuel Huapi National Park for a full-day adventure through the region's forests, lakes, beaches, and waterfalls. This fully-guided tour ends at Mount Tronador, Bariloche's highest mountain, featuring the unique black glacier.

Boat navigation to Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Falls from Bariloche
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Boat navigation to Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Falls from Bariloche

¥12,591

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Nahuel Huapi Lake, Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi Argentina Nahuel Huapi Stop At: Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, Lago Nahuel Huapi, San Carlos de Bariloche 8400 Argentina Sailing begins at Puerto Pañuelo, in the Llao Llao peninsula.

Reviews of San Carlos de Bariloche

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 16, 2019

Loved Bariloche! Amazing hiking and scenery. Highly recommend visiting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

Exceeded all my expectations!

4/5 - Good

OsmanA-N

Oct 21, 2019

Plan 3-4 fays to appreciate the area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 19, 2019

Majestic views and so much to do. Great dining options, delicious chocolate factories, hiking areas, skiing areas, great culture, lake tours etc

5/5 - Excellent

Martha

Jul 21, 2019

Must see, the views are outstanding!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 28, 2019

is better to go in october, we went in june and was raining every day. Beautifull place, restaurants are excellent, look for good ones, the food is really good!!! Beautifull views and places to visit!

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