San Carlos de Bariloche
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Bariloche: 7 Lakes & San Martin de Los Andes Road Trip

1. 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

2. 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

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.

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Cerro Tronador

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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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Cerro Catedral: Snow Baptism

8. 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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San Martín de los Andes por 7 Lagos

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

10. 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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What people are saying about San Carlos de Bariloche

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Great trip to the Cerro Tronador national park. Its a 30mins drive to the park entrance from Bariloche and then there are a few stops along the way until you get to the black glacier at the base of Cerro Tornador. Time is provided for lunch (one hour) and a short trek to the Devils Throat (40mins) which is nice. Then a two hour drive back to Bariloche (slow going in the park as gravel track limits speed). Really good day out and some spectacular sights, great value with good driver and guide making the trip highly recommended.

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.

It is very comprehensive to get a nice look to all the area. But you may have to complement it with Circuito Chico a second day to get view of the lake and ski areas.

The super friendly and attentive staff paid attention to all the attractions. highly recommended