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.

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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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Cerro Tronador

3. 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

4. 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

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.

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San Martín de los Andes por 7 Lagos

6. San Martín de los Andes por 7 Lagos

Begin your full-day tour from your hotel in Bariloche at 8 AM.  Then, head north through the town of Dina Huapi and the bridge over the Limay River, connecting to the legendary Route 40. Along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, make your first short stop in Villa la Angostura, a town with mountain architecture ideal for walking on foot. Next, start walking an incredible path surrounded by mountains and lakes.  Make stops along the way to experience the hike to its fullest. On the Road of the Seven Lakes, see Espejo Lake, Correntoso Lake, Villarino Lake, Falkner, Escondido Lake, Machónico Lake, and Lácar Lake, before finally arriving at the city of San Martin. You will have free time to explore the city and have lunch in front of the lake before starting the return along the same path. After making your last stop at Villa la Angostura, arrive in Bariloche at approximately 6:30 PM.

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Bariloche: Horse Riding with Breakfast and Lunch Included

7. 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.

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Bariloche: Full-Day Circuito Grande & Villa Traful Road Trip

8. Bariloche: Full-Day Circuito Grande & Villa Traful Road Trip

Get picked up from your hotel in Bariloche and head northeast along National Route 237. Cross the Ñireco Stream and Ñirihuah River on the way to Limay River. Drive along the pretty banks of the river until stopping at the amphitheater; a place of true natural beauty, the river valley takes on an interesting form here. From there, continue to Valle Encantado to discover strange figures outlined in rocky formations, some including Finger of God, Express Train, The Siamese, and Sentinel.  A couple miles later, come upon Confluencia, where you’ll switch to an unpaved road and travel through the Traful River Valley. Cross some of its beautiful tributaries and then take a pitstop at the Traful Lookout, a cliff hovering 230 feet above the lake. Continue until reaching the magnificent Traful Lake. On its southern shore, find Villa Traful and woods filled with native coihue trees. Visit the main dock and wander around the town’s colorful streets. The route continues south. Visit lakes Correntoso and Espejo, and then the stunning resort town, Villa La Angostura. Finally, pass by Puerto Manzano and Brazo Huemul before joining the road that returns to Bariloche.

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Bariloche: Boat Tour to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest

9. 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.

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Bariloche: Cerro Catedral Ski Passes, Equipment, & Transfers

10. Bariloche: Cerro Catedral Ski Passes, Equipment, & Transfers

An ideal activity for those looking to participate in winter sports for the first or 100th time. Benefit from pre-booking a comfortable, heated transfer between Bariloche and the mountain, ski passes, all equipment for the duration of your trip, and passes for the lift, and start having fun right away.   The ski center on Cerro Catedral has the largest visitor capacity in Argentina, with more than 34 lifts and 1,200 skiable hectares, divided among forests, canyons, and off-track areas, as well as more than 60 tracks and roads. Enjoy a foray into mountain bliss. Checkout the onsite restaurants and souvenir shops or spend the whole day zipping down the side of the mountain.

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What people are saying about San Carlos de Bariloche

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 53 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.