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The city of San Carlos de Bariloche is located at 700 mrs on the sea level, on the southern bank of the lake Nahuel Huapi, in the province of Rio Negro, in the Argentine Patagonia.

  • The city
  • Weather
  • Sorroundings
  • Activities

Mr. Carlos Wiederholk, of german descent was the first man who settled in the site where the city stands today. In 1895 he opened a small business for the exportation of goods to Port Montt (Chile).

On May 3rd, 1902, the Colony of Nahuel Huapi was founded by national decree and this settlement was recognized as a "town". The name comes from the mapuche word "Vuriloche", meaning "People beyond the mountains".

During the first years , this town did not grow much due to the fact that it was far away from big cities and it was very difficult to get to it.

Bariloche started to grow significantly in 1935 when Mr. Exequiel Bustillo, director of National Parks, developed a series of constructions such as the Civic Centre, the Cathedral, the lakefront avenue, the Hotel Llao Llao, the ski resort Cerro Catedral , the access routes to the city. These undertakings turned the city into one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Patagonia.

The city

You can get to Bariloche by plane  (Aerolíneas Argentinas, Latam, Flybondi, Jetsmart, Norwegian), by train from the city of Viedma (capital of the province of Rio Negro), or by bus from different cities of the country (buses: Via Bariloche, Crucero del Norte, Chevallier among others).

It has a first rate gastronomic and hotel infrastructure.

There are theatre performances and cultural activities. It has 3 movie theaters, a casino and several coffee shops, pubs and discos.

The main places of interest in this city are:

■ Museum of the Patagonia (Civic Centre)

■ Sarmiento Public Library (Civic Centre)

■ Ichthyology Museum (Hunting & Fishing Club, lake front Ave. & Onelli)

■ Paleontology Museum (12 de Octubre and Onelli)

■ Craftsmen´s Walk (Moreno y Villegas)

■ Exhibitions Room (Moreno and Villegas)

The weather

In Summer the days are warm and sunny, the nights are cool and there isn´t much rain. As a result of its latitude there is daylight until almost 10 p.m. The average temperature is 18ºC, the highest 29ºC and the lowest 9ºC.

In Autumn the days are cool-warm and the nights are cold. The temperature ranges between 4ºC and 13ºC. It is a rainy season.

In Winter the days are cold, it snows and/or rains. The temperature ranges between 0ºC and -10ºC.

In Spring the days are cool and as summer is coming they become longer and the temperature starts rising little by little while the amount of rain starts decreasing.

The nights are cold, and during the day the temperature ranges between 7ºC and 20ºC ( towards the end of the season).

In every season there are winds mainly from the southwest. There are quiet days and some other days with strong winds.



Nahuel Huapi Lake

Nahuel Huapi Lake (Island of the tiger, in mapuche language) as its origin was a glaciar it has several bays. It flows into the river Limay, where different water sports and activities take place.
The lake can be sailed and different excursions are available.
The two most popular ones are:
Victoria Island and arrayanes forest: You can go for a walk through native woods and find several exotic species of flora and fauna or you may get to the Cerro Bella Vista by chairlift and have a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape. The excursion continues with a visit to the Quetrihue peninsula and a walk through the Arrayanes forest.
Victoria Island and arrayanes forest: You can go for a walk through native woods and find several exotic species of flora and fauna or you may get to the Cerro Bella Vista by chairlift and have a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape. The excursion continues with a visit to the Quetrihue peninsula and a walk through the Arrayanes forest.


Short circuit

There are many possible ways to visit this area by land. There are two very important avenues for tourism. They lead you from Bariloche towards the west, the Bustillo Ave., surrounding the lake, that reaches the Llao Llao peninsula, and the Pioneros Ave., that goes parallel to the former on the mountain side and then meets the road that leads to the Cerro Catedral.
All along both avenues there is a beautiful landscape with attractions such as: Playa Bonita (Km 8 Bustillo Ave.), Playa Serena (km 12 Bustillo Ave.), Cerro Campanario (km 17 Bustillo Ave.), where the cable railway will give you the chance to appreciate one of the best sights of the area (considered one of the 7 most beautiful sights of the world, the Hotel Llao Llao, (km 25 Bustillo Ave.) a magnificent construction of the 40s., surrounded by nature at its best, and the San Eduardo Chapel, a jewel of regional architecture.
Across the chapel is Puerto Pañuelo, where you can board the catamarans that will take you to the island Victoria.
A few kilometers ahead you will find the fork that leads to Colonia Suiza and the road to Cerro López,


Catedral mountain

It is 25km from Bariloche and it is the most important ski resort of South America. It is named after the stone needles that crown its top and that makes it look like a gothic cathedral.
It has 67 km of slopes and all that is necessary to do skiing and snowboarding. You will also find a shopping center, several restaurants and tea houses. At the bottom of the mountain lies the Catedral villa that has a steady population. 


Route 40

It will take you to the city of Bolsón , you can visit the following lakes: Gutiérrez, Mascardi and Guillelmo.


Tronador Mountain

The name of this mountain comes from the noise made by the blocks of ice when they fall off the glaciers.
It is 80 km from Bariloche and you will get there by following road 258 and later on road 254.
At the bottom of the mountain there is a large plain called Pampa Linda, covered by native woods, There the upper River Manso is born and it flows into the Mascardi lake. Pampa Linda is ideal for trekking and horse riding. For lovers of mountaineering there is a chance to climb the mountain itself. It has 3 different peaks called: International peak, Argentine peak and Chilean peak.
You can make a change in the previous excursion and visit the Alerces waterfall. On the way you will see the lakes: Moscos, Hess and Roca. Near the waterfall you will find the Lake Focks.


Seven lakes route

Leaving Bariloche going around the Nahuel Huapi lake to Villa La Angostura city (80 kms), From there the trip continue to San Martin de los Andes city(120 kms) along a surface and gravel road, between woods and mountains, the lakes: Espejo, Correntoso, Villarino, Falkner, Escondido, Hermoso, Machonico and Laccar and also the Vulignaco waterfall and the lake Pudu Pudu.


San Carlos de Bariloche is well-known for the wide variety of activities that can take place in the open during the four seasons of the year. This is the result of the natural characteristics of the place.

Trekking y montañismo

Close to Bariloche there are many different options. You can do rock climbing at the Catedral mountain , the Otto mountain and many other areas. There are also many steep paths and mountain shelters for trekking.  


You have three options: Spinning, trolling and fly casting. The best place for spinning is the lake Nahuel Huapi, the best for fly casting is the river Limay mainly where it is born and where it joins the river Traful.

In the lake Nahuel Huapi it can be done in the branches Tristeza, Blest, Machete and Ultima Esperanza. The most important species are: salmon, trout, perch and Patagonian silverside. 

By Lake

Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest: Full day or half day.

Port Blest & Cascada de los Cantaros + Frias Lagoon: Full day.

Andean Lakes Crossing: Full day or 2 days. Cross to Chile sailing the Nahuel Huapi lake, Frias Lagoon, and Todos los Santos Lake, arriving to Puerto Montt city.

Navimag: Sailing by the chilenean fiords. Pto.Montt/Pto.Natales. 4 days sailing, everything included.


In the above mentioned Cerro Catedral and the Cerro Otto, you can practise the different kinds of skiing: nordic skiing, alpine skiing, freeride, piste skiing, snowboarding.

By Land

Seven Lakes: Full day. From Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes, visiting Villa La Angostura, Espejo Lake, Correntoso Lake, Escondido Lake, Villariño Lake, Falkner Lake and Machonico Lake.

Route 40: Two days trip from Bariloche to Chalten / Calafate, enjoying the amazing landscapes of the patagonian andes.Departures every second day.

4x4 adventure: Full day. A trip inside patagonian steppe.


Rafting: Full day in Manso river. Includes transfer, breakfast, equipment and lunch (complete barbecue with wine and dessert).

Kayak: Full day at Gutierrez. Moreno or Nahuel Huapi lake. Includes transfer, lunch and snack.

Paragliding: From Otto Mountain. Every day ( it depends on the weather).

Rock Climbing: Half day. Include transfer, equipment, guide.

Mountain Bike: Half day (touring around Villa Los Coihues, Cerro Catedral and Gutierrez lake).

Horse Riding

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The red deer, a species brought into this country, can be hunted in several areas of the Nahuel Huapi Park. As the uncontrolled reproduction of the deer has affected the native species, hunting as a sport is allowed and regulated in the areas of Cuyin Manzano, north of the lake Traful and north and south of the lake Falkner.

There is also a wide range of sports, conventional and alternative in addition to those already mentioned, such as rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, paragliding, kayaking, windsurfing, diving, golf, among others.