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There are many options (Cerrito Llao Llao, is a two hours walk, or 3 km to Braza Tristeza). On the way back you can make stop in this famous hotel to try their scones. Delicious! Public buses from downtown leave every twenty minutes.
This trek starts from the South East side of Moreno Lake, and you can enjoy stunning views of the area. It is a steep and demanding walk, but it’s a worthwhile and experience!. To get to Lago Moreno take the bus to (nro. 10) from downtown.
Always check first in Club Andino if the path is open, as they close it many times for safety reasons. (02904) 442 2266/ 442 579. But even if it is closed, just getting to Moreno Lake, the beach is very quiet and is a favorite of the locals. Organize a picnic with smoked meats and local beer and this could be your new paradise!
Ask in Bariloche how to get here. It goes on the left side of Catedral Mountain and ends in Moreno Lake. It is realy good for trekking as you go through a lovely forest with some little up hills from where you can get wonderful views. There are natural swimming pools that the water has formed naturally, ideal to go and swimm in summertime.
Where else would you find a chocolate museum if not in Bariloche? A trip through the history of this delicacy that ends in the official chocolate shop of the Fenoglio factory. Av. Bustillo 1200, San Carlos de Bariloche. Guided tours every 20 min. Every day from 11 to 19 hrs.
Being the gateway to Patagonia, Bariloche owns this interesting museum where you can learn about the Mapuche tribe, but also about the pioneers and the town’s history. It is small, very well located and they usually exhibit temporary art expositions. Centro Cívico – 8400 S.C. de Bariloche Tel.(0294) 422 2309 Tuesdays to Fridays 10:00 a 12:30 hs and from 14:00 – 19:00 hs. Saturdays from 10 – 17:00 Hs.
Biggest invertebrate collection in Patagonia (with more than 10.000 Pices). Patagonian birds, dinosaurs bones, and crystal collection. Remarkably the biggest ammonites of America which were uncovered in in 1998 and are about 170 million years old. Also crabs and lobsters from other eras were discovered by the museum team. Impressive!On the shore of Gutierrez Lake: Bosque Petrificado Street 367 – Villa Los Coihues – Gutierrez Lake. Tel.: (0294) 467578/ 15-506944. Daily from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 19:30 hs. ( 15 km from Bariloche)
For fishers, it has a trout exposition, including the World weight record at 16 kgs. 12 de Octubre and Onelli (Centre)Tel (0294)-421515. Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00 hs and from 18:00 to 20:00 hs. Free.
Very small but people love it. It has dinosaurs nests, some copies and an ancestral shark jaw that is a favorite for pictures. 12 de Octubre and Sarmiento Tel.(0294) 4611210 / 154611210. Mondays to Saturdays 16:00 a 19:00 hs.
“The” bar for NYC (they were Born and raised in Bariloche). Good music, is always full and is cheaper than other touristy places. Juramento 30, San Carlos de Bariloche. (0294) 4522001.
It is on km 8 of Av. Bustillo (there are public buses leaving from downtown every twenty minutes). During summer months, in hot days, it gets full up with families and brave people who jump into the cold waters of Nahuel Huapi!
This is the street parallel to the lake. Along it you will find people running and couples later in the day who go to watch the sunset. The views are exceptional and you will get to see antique buildings such as the Cathedral, the port and the civic centre.
Where the mapuches show off their handicrafts. Their community has their “Zuem Mapuche” (cultural organization) which is is good to see some of the native art and to learn a bit more about the very first inhabitants of the area who still claim this area as their land. Moreno and Villegas. Tel.(02904) 442404. Free entrance.
Chocolates, as well as ice creams from this traditional shop are of a very high standard. They recently began opening shops all over the country (there are already two in Buenos Aires). Although not everyone has tasted it yet, and you can not find everywhere, but you must try their superb Lemon Pie! The central house is located in Namuncura 59, San Carlos de Bariloche. Tel. (0294)- 4432201
The best value, with a good variety. Kids can rarely avoid standing next to the chocolate font! They also sell jams, marmalades, spices and a great variety of smoked cold meats. It’s located in Street Mitre 201, San Carlos de Bariloche. Tel: (0294) – 442379.
In this small shop, they make the creamiest chocolates of Bariloche (also the most expensive ones!). The chocolate mousse-filled chocolate bars are addictive, and it’s impossible to go out without a box. They also have nice tins and special gift boxes for presents. Mitre 298 (Rolando Corner), San Carlos de Bariloche. Tel. (0294) 442-3294.
A German daughter and an Irish son have run this factory since 1965. They took years to put a sign to the shop, because clients were always coming purely through word of mouth recommendations. They also have the best bitter chocolate you ever tried. Street Beschtedt 569, San Carlos de Bariloche. Tel. (0294) 4423326.
Av. E. Bustillo km 24,600 – Villa Llao Llao. (0294) 4448389. Hidden within a 15,000 sq meter park, Belle Vue is a welcoming tea house located on the coast of Moreno Lake. It has wonderful views of the Tronador and Lopez mountains. Each season the surrounding landscape changes significantly, which makes it a perfect place to visit throughout the year! Don’t forget to try the Brioche bread, the scones and the cheesecake.
Villegas 347, San Carlos de Bariloche. Tel: (0294) 4431433. This traditional restaurant has the best lamb in the area. It is a simple place, and has no pretentions. Maybe that is why it is one of the best.
20 de febrero 730, San Carlos de Bariloche. Tel. (0294) 4421820. Just next to Kandahar, delicious dishes, good value and there are also fish options for those who are not that strict! A good choice after a couple of days in Argentina just eating beef…
Although the place is pretty noisy, the smokery is very well worth their popularity. The dishes are abundant, the smoked meats excellent and it has very fast service. Palacios y O’connor, San Carlos de Bariloche. Tel. (0294) 4421998 / 4435789
In the KM 11.500 of Av Bustillo, in front of Hotel Casco. (0294) 4525809. This Parrilla is the favorite of the taxi drivers. This is the opposite from a touristic place and there you will enjoy the best meat in Patagonia.
20 de Febrero 451 – Paseo de la Colina – Open time 6pm Happy Hour. Offers six varieties of craft beer. Great finger food and beautiful view of the city.
Elflein 90, corner Quaglia, Vice Almirante O’connor, San Carlos de Bariloche. Tel. (0294) 4436337. Happy hour from 18 a 19 hrs, German beer, good pizza and tasty tapas. Very cozy, being managed by the same couple who produce the beer, do the marketing and cook the pizza!
Nilpi 789. Tel. (0294) 15 4 584505. Have all the varieties you can image. The place is a few kilometers from town, but it worth well if you want to go off the beaten track
Av. Exequiel Bustillo 5AV 11600, San Carlos de Bariloche. Tel (0294) 4461026. The most popular one, with huge tapas and a vibrant ambience. Most of the time it is full and hard to find a place to park your car, but these issues are quickly forgotten after the second round.
Exequiel Bustillo 5AV 11750, San Carlos de Bariloche. (0294) 452 3336. The Stout beer that these brothers produce is on the country’s top five list. Nice place with a small garden at the back to enjoy on sunny days.
Streets in downtown Bariloche can be steep. If you want to walk, wear appropriate footwear!
Near Bariloche, you will find a number of scenic routes that offer beautiful views of the lakes and mountains. The most famous is called the Road of the Seven Lakes (Camino de los siete lagos), on Route 234.
Keep in mind that Bariloche is very close to the border between Argentina and Chile. Make sure you have your passport if you are taking an excursion or driving a route that crosses into Chile.
Bariloche is a popular tourist destination both in the summer months (December – February) and during the winter ski season (this season varies from year to year with snowfall, but can include the months between June and September).
In the winter months, it is common for graduating high school students to take a school trip to Bariloche, which is why you will see more teenagers in the city if you visit at this time of year. The possibility for snowfall at this time of year also means that scenic routes may be closed due to unsafe driving conditions.
Hospital Zonal Ramón Carillo
Address: F.P. Moreno 601
Phone: (0294) 442-6100
Sanatorio San Carlos
Address: Av. Ezequiel Bustillo km. 1
Phone: (0294) 440-9800
Calling internationally: International Dial-Up: 00 + Country Code + Area Code + Number.
Calling to Bariloche from abroad: Argentina’s Country Code is +54 and Bariloche’s Area Code is 0294. So, to reach the number 455-5555 in Bariloche when calling from abroad, dial: 00-54-0294-455-5555.
– Police: 101
– Firefighters: 100
– Medical Aid: 107
This city is a favorite destination for high school students when they are on vacation. This is why you will see teenagers everywhere singing, drinking, running and having fun. Therefore, when going out at night, it is generally better to choose pubs over clubs.
The best parts of Bariloche are not in the center of town. To fully appreciate the landscape, it is well worthwhile to travel some kilometers out of the centre (in the direction of Llao Llao). There you will find quiet beaches, great scenic look out sites and small breweries to visit and stop for a beer.
Most activities in Bariloche involve some amount of physical activity. We recommend packing comfortable activewear that is appropriate for the season. Layers are always a plus. For your time in the city, pack comfortable clothes and walking shoes. And no matter what time of year you are traveling, make sure you take sunscreen!
Nahuel Huapi National Park, Bariloche 15 U$D (can only be paid in Argentine pesos or USD in cash).
Tax Port Puerto Pañuelo; 4 U$D.
In the summer months (December to February), temperatures in Bariloche reach the low 70s Fahrenheit / low 20s Celsius. In the cool winter months (June to September), temperatures dip slightly below freezing. In the winter, it is common for there to be significant snowfall, which makes the region ideal for winter sports like skiing but can be prohibitive to visiting some of the scenic mountain roads.
While in the area surrounding Bariloche, you’ll have the chance to see plenty of local animals. Some of the animals that inhabit the region are pumas, South Andean deer (huemul in Spanish, an animal in risk of extinction), pudú deer, guanacos (the undomesticated relative of the llama), river otters, and foxes. There are also a variety of birds in the region, including condors, southern crested caracaras, Chimangos, Chilean blue eagles, Magellanic woodpeckers, and peregrine falcons.
– In summer, make sure to take insect repellent.
– All year round, it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen for outdoor activities.
– Stores in Bariloche don’t offer plastic bags. If you’re planning on buying any groceries, make sure you take your own bag or backpack to carry your purchases.
– There are lots of hiking and driving routes around Bariloche. It’s a good idea to pick up a map in the city center before heading out to explore.
The main street for souvenirs in Bariloche is Mitre. If you are looking for chocolate, there are plenty of places throughout the city with delicious sweets. (Our favorite is Mamuschka, located at Mitre 298). If you are in the market for other local and artisanal products, you may have better luck taking a drive down the famous Ruta 40 to El Bolson.
Bariloche is a wildlife paradise with beautiful lakes and mountains all around. Consequently, there are lots of outdoor activities you can do in the region. Rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, mountain climbing, and hang gliding are among the many activities you can do in the nearby national parks. You can also tour the area by car or by boat. For more information on things to do in Bariloche, check out the Excursions section of this guide, or take a look at these Bariloche tours:
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Bariloche is famous for producing the best chocolate in Argentina, and it is also known for its delicious smoked meat and cheeses. For advice on where to eat in Bariloche, check out the Eating & Drinking section of this guide.
– Bariloche is located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park, so it is particularly important to take care of the natural environment
– Don’t allow dogs from town to follow you when you start trekking. They are not friendly with native animals. They should stay in town.
– Remember not to throw cigarette butts on the ground during hikes or from a vehicle for they are source of possible fires and produce visual pollution.
– Although fruits and vegetables are organic garbage, they are not native to the region. So, if you are having a picnic or snack while hiking, be sure to take your leftover food and trash with you and dispose of it properly in town.
– The Park receives many visitors every year. If everyone would take a rock or the leave of a tree in some years we wouldn’t have any more forest. Take just pictures from the park!
– Walk on the marked trails. If you walk off trail, the plants on the side will be damaged and eventually die.
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Discover the most classic circuit of San Carlos de Bariloche in an active and funny way. Visit the most important viewpoints of the area like Campanario Hill and Llao-Llao Hotel, appreciate the beauty of lakes Moreno and Nahuel Huapi and the notable mountains of Lopez and Capilla. Off the beaten track and to have the perfect close up for this non-traditional city tour, enjoy a nature oriented walk through an impressive native forest on the Llao-Llao Nature Park with stunning views of this charming place.
Trekking Option: This tour can be extended after lunch with a trek to the Tristeza lookout or to the Llao Llao Mount. In this way, it turns to be a very active Full Day Excursion.
Duration: 5/6 hours. Walking Time: 1 hour. Trekking Option Duration: 8hs. Difficulty: Low.
This is an different option to know part of the famous Route of the 7 lakes. Go around the North area of the Nahuel Huapi National Park characterized by a beautiful contrast between the forest and the steppe. Visit the Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley) of Limay River, Traful River and the Lakes Nahuel Huapi, Traful, Correntoso and Espejo. Enjoy the two typical and gorgeous mountain villages of Villa Traful and Villa la Angostura and delight with an exquisite lunch in the coast of Lake Traful surrounded by an impressive coihues Forest.
Duration: 8 hours.
Experience in person why this Famous mount is called ‘Tronador’, the tallest mountain in The Andean Lake Area. Ride along a stunning scenic route across the Mascardi Lake, under a huge coihues forest and start a trek to the beautiful Cesares Waterfall. Keep on moving through Manso River Valley towards Pampa Linda town and Ventisquero Negro Glacier and hear the booming sound of calving ice chunks. Enjoy lunch surrounded by natural forest, mountain views and glaciers of Tronador Mountain.
Duration: Full Day (10hs). Difficulty: Low.
The lakes of the Nahuel Huapi National Park provide the ideal scenario for kayaking. Its pristine waters make this one of the few places on earth where you can still drink from the boat while paddling.
Lake Moreno is located in the Natural Reserve Llao-Llao, therefore is a charming place to paddle, surrounded by beautiful forests and magnificent views of Lopez Mountain, Capilla Mountain and the famous Llao-Llao Hotel.
Lake Gutiérrez is located in the Nahuel Huapi National Park only 30´ far from the city centre. Paddling is over it’s crystal waters at the bottom of Mount D’Agostini to reach off the beaten track places that will definitely amaze your sense.
Duration: Half Day or Full day. Kayaking time: 1.30hr in Half day option / 3 to 4hs in full day Option. Difficulty: Easy (half day option) Moderate (full day option).
Walking through Patagonia is a unique and different experience, the contrasts that this land offers accompany all the time to those nature lovers who want to take advantage of this magnificent environment. Explore Mount Llao-Llao trekking through its beautiful native forest. The trail ascends from the foothill to the lookouts of Mount Llao-Llao to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of Tristeza Sound, Blest Sound and North Branch of Lake Nahuel Huapi framed by Patagonian Andes.
Duration: 3-4 hours. Trekking Duration: 2 hs. Difficulty: Low.
Ride along a path through long living cypresses and coihues forest, surrounded by mountains and glacier streams until reaching an excellent panoramic view of the outstanding Patagonian landscape. Set off along the shore of the Lake to complete this beautiful two hour horseback riding experience.
Duration: Half day (9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 12.30 pm to 6 pm). Difficulty: Low (2-hour horse ride).
Many phone call centers.
Argentina’s unit of currency is the peso, which has held steady at about nineteen to one against the US dollar (but this rate could change quickly). Notes come in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 pesos. One peso equals 100 centavos; coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos. The $ sign in front of a price is usually used to signify pesos, so this should be the case unless otherwise marked.
Don’t be dismayed if you receive dirty and hopelessly tattered banknotes; they will still be accepted everywhere. Some banks refuse worn or defaced US dollars, however, so make sure you arrive in Buenos Aires with pristine bills. Casa Piano (a well known Cambio) will probably change your older or written-on bills, but they will discount a 3% of the value.
Sadly, fake currency has become more common. So look for a clear watermark or running thread on the largest bills, and be especially careful when receiving change in dark nightclubs or taxis. If you are unsure about a bill, ask to change it for another one.
There are banks and ATMs throughout downtown Bariloche. Keep in mind that ATMs often have withdrawal limits, and they may charge high withdrawal fees (in addition to any international fees your bank charges).
Bariloche is a major touristic city, and credit cards are generally accepted. However, it’s always a good idea to double check before you make a purchase or sit down to eat.
Traveler´s checks are generally very impractical in Argentina. If you do decide to bring them to Bariloche, you can exchange them at Cambio Sudamérica, address Mitre 63.
Tipping is not compulsory but it is greatly appreciated throughout South America, especially in the service industry. If you are satisfied with the services provided by your Destination Host, tour guides and drivers, then we recommend rewarding their hard work by tipping. In general, we suggest a tip of around US$20 – 25 a day for guides and US$ 5 -10 for drivers.
When tipping Hotel & Restaurant Staff, tips are generally 10% of the total bill. If you stay a couple of days in the same hotel, a tip of $3 – 5/day for the maid service is recommended. For porters, US$2-3/time/room is appropriate.
Downtown Bariloche is very touristy, and pickpocketing has become more common in this area. In the winter months, downtown Bariloche also becomes very crowded with high school students on their graduation trips. If you find this atmosphere bothersome, you may enjoy spending more time outside of the downtown area.
It is common for people to walk along Avenida Bustillo, a major road on the edge of Bariloche, for views of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. If you end up walking along this road, be sure to walk in the opposite direction of the traffic, and watch out for speeding cars. If you are driving, be wary of pedestrians.
The soaring peaks of Cerros Catedral, López, Nireco and Shaihuenque (to name just a few) – all well over 2000m high – ring the town [of Bariloche], giving picture-postcard views in nearly every direction. These mountains aren’t just for gazing, though – excellent snow coverage (sometimes exceeding 2m at the end of the season) makes this a winter wonderland, and a magnet for skiers and snowboarders.
In summertime the nature buffs take over, hitting the hills to climb, hike trails, fish for trout and ride mountain bikes and horses.
There’s so much fun to be had that this has become the destination for Argentine high school students’ end of year celebrations. And if all this wasn’t enough, Bariloche is also Argentina’s chocolate capital and the only thing that approaches the amount of storefront window space dedicated to fresh chocolate is the infinite number of peculiar gnomes of all sizes and demeanors sold in nearly every shop downtown. Read more
Bariloche, as it is nearly always called, rests up against the slopes of Cerro Otto, behind which rear the spire-tipped crests of the Cerro Catedral massif. Everything in Bariloche faces the mesmerizing Lago Nahuel Huapi, one of the scores of lakes that give the region its name, but something went massively wrong with the urban planning – the main road artery was built along the shore, severing the centre from the town’s best feature. The Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, the prime reason for winging your way here, surrounds the town and you’ll want to head out to discover its many treasures as soon as possible. The town’s beach is narrow but pleasant enough and the views are predictably spectacular, but the water is cold even in summer. Read more
Bariloche is the gateway to all the recreational and scenic splendors of the northern Lake District and the headquarters for Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Although planes, boats, and buses arrive daily, you can escape on land or water—or just by looking out a window—into a dazzling wilderness of lakes, waterfalls, mountain glaciers, forests, and meadows. Read more
Beautifully situated on the steep and wooded southern shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, surrounded by high peaks, San Carlos de Bariloche (it’s official name) is an ideal base for exploring the Lake District. It’s right in the middle of Nahuel Huapi National Park, and there’s so much on offer from the town itself that you’d be quite content to spend a week or so around here. There’s hiking and adventure sports of all kinds in the mountains behind the town, fantastic restaurants, and some wonderful boutique hotels on the lakeshore heading west. Read more
Bariloche is blessed with a strategic geographic position. With the rugged plains of the Patagonian Steppe to the east, the towering snowy peaks of the Andes to the west, and the glistening and grand Nahuel Huapi Lake in front, opportunities for adventure are abundant. Even if you’re not much of an adventurer, you’ll still find plenty of pleasant sightseeing tours, boat trips, boutiques, driving excursions, and fine dining to keep you busy. Or just park yourself wherever the view is good and soak it all in. Read more
In the original local language, it means “people from the other side of the mountains”. This was how the Chilean natives described the inhabitants of this particular side of the Andes.
Bariloche’s economy is largely based on tourism. The city is a popular tourist destination for both foreign and local tourists. It is a major ski destination in South America, and it is also a popular fly fishing destination. Among Argentines, Bariloche is also a popular destination for school trips for graduating high school students. The region also produces delicious chocolate, smoked meats, and cheeses.
The region of Patagonia surrounding Bariloche was originally inhabited by a number of indigenous groups, the main group at the time of Spanish colonization being the Mapuches. An Argentine military campaign in the late 1800s resulted in the death of much of the indigenous population, and today few indigenous communities remain, although you can see their influence in the names of many of the lakes, mountains, and parks.
Modern Bariloche was settled by German and Swiss immigrants, and visitors will notice the distinctly alpine architecture of the region. The city of Bariloche was officially estsablished in 1902, although it didn’t really take off until the 1930s, when the construction of a new train track connected the city with the rest of the country. A few years later, the famous Nahuel Huapi National Park was established, and today, Bariloche is a popular destination for local and foreign tourist who come to enjoy the region’s natural beauty.
By Manuela Tobias, Politico Magazine
The Swiss-style village [of Bariloche] is a haven for golfing, hiking, skiing and artisanal chocolate — not to mention investors and celebrities, among the likes of Luciano Benetton, Ted Turner and Jane Fonda.a
According to Argentine newspaper La Nación, Michelle Obama convinced the president to take a family trip to the town after learning of its beauty. Above, Barack Obama and his family sail on the Nahuel Huapi lake aboard ‘Modesta Victoria.’ Also pictured is the Obamas’ hotel, the Llao Llao, where the Clintons and Eisenhowers stayed before them. Read more
By Ayelet Weisz, Viator
The Alps’ Latin American siblings are undoubtedly the Andes Mountains, where you can find San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Located inside a national park on the northern end of the Argentine Patagonia, the area has lured explorers since the 16th century…
Visiting Bariloche – the getaway to the Argentine and Chilean Lake District – offers incredible enjoyment for its visitors. Walk through the town center when you visit Bariloche, and you’ll see water surrounded by mountains at every corner, waiting peacefully for your arrival between Swiss-looking buildings and chocolate stores. Read more
By Matt Gross, New York Times
Last August, Dan and I found ourselves on the Sextuple Express lift in heady anticipation of our first descent from 7,835 feet. Five days of snow had laid a foundation of packed powder below the spirelike peaks that give Catedral its name. The sky was clear, the Nahuel Huapi glistened below us, and frosted mountains edged the horizon in a jagged rim. Dan shuffled nervously in his steel Volant skis while I strapped on my Burton, and then we hit the snow. Read more
Heather Potter, USA Today
Visitors to Bariloche, Argentina, may find it difficult to believe they are not far from the South Pole. The city features Swiss-inspired architecture, with stone and wooden clock towers and balconies. Like its European inspiration, the city is an important chocolate center with chocolate stores on most streets. The ski resort at Cerro Catedral Mountain contains Alpine-inspired chalets, hotels and lodges. One thing will remind travelers they’re in South America: the ski season runs from June to October. Read more