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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.

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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.

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Bariloche: Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Waterfall

3. 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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Circuito Chico

4. 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.

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Cerro Tronador

5. 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.

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Bariloche: Full-Day El Bolsón and Puelo Lake Tour

6. 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.

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Bariloche: Circuito Chico with optional Cerro Catedral

7. 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.

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Bariloche: Cerro Tronador

8. Bariloche: Cerro Tronador

Cerro Tronador is the highest mountain in the National Park Nahuel Huapi with three picks in its summit - one Chilean, one international, and one Argentinean. To arrive at its base from San Carlos de Bariloche it is necessary to take the national route #258 heading for El Bolsón and then, to arrive at the south part of Lake Mascardi, take the route #254 toward the right until arriving to Pampa Linda, a small village that has a hostel with a restaurant, camping site, park guard, and a section of Gendarmería Nacional. From here, you will see several paths for trips by foot or by horse that will allow you to discover places of an extraordinary beauty. You can admire, for example, the Manso Glacier or the snowdrift Negro, which together birth the Manso Superior River that ends in Lake Mascardi after traveling through the Valley of the Vuriloches. You could also head to Otto Meiling refuge, located 2,000 meters high, from where the ascent to the summits of the Tronador begins (experts only). Tronador is 3450 meters high and owes its name to the impressive noise that is made by large detachments of ice. Explore its surroundings on this tour with roundtrip transportation.

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Bariloche: 1-Way or Round-Trip BRC Airport Transfer

9. Bariloche: 1-Way or Round-Trip BRC Airport Transfer

Start or end your time in Bariloche stress-free with a reliable transfer service between your city center accommodations and the airport. Enjoy a 1-way or round-trip transfer between the BRC-Teniente Luis Candelaria Airport and your hotel in the city center. Save yourself the hassle of lugging heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system using this door-to-door transfer service. Enjoy comfort and security, benefiting from the knowledge that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high standards.

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Cerro Catedral: Snow Baptism

10. Cerro Catedral: Snow Baptism

This is an ideal activity for those looking to have their first experience in snow sports. It includes transfers, a lift pass, a 2-hour class, and equipment, so that you can make the most of the privileged environment of Cerro Catedral. This ski center has the largest capacity to accommodate visitors in Argentina, with 34 lifts and 1,200 skiable hectares divided into forests, canyons, and off-track areas, as well as more than 60 tracks and roads. The tour begins with pickup at the meeting point, where you will board a heated vehicle and be transferred to Cerro Catedral. You will get kitted out in your ski or snowboard gear and, after greeting your instructor, you will receive an overview of your chosen activity and spend 2 hours mastering the basic techniques. The ski or snowboarding equipment can be used throughout the day. Then, you will have free time to enjoy more than 60 tracks, the lifts, and facilities of Cerro Catedral, like the restaurants and souvenirs shops. Return to the meeting point in Bariloche at around 5:00 PM.

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4.5 / 5

based on 317 reviews

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.

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.

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