San Carlos de Bariloche is the crown jewel of the Andean Lake District, with a raw beauty along the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Framed by the Andes Mountains, San Carlos de Bariloche is known for its adventurous activities, Swiss alpine-style architecture and Argentina's finest chocolate.
Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche
Surrounded by the soaring peaks of Cerros Catedral, López, Nireco and Shaihuenque, San Carlos de Bariloche is a magnet for skiers and snowboarders in winter. Boasting excellent snow coverage, Cerros Catedral is especially popular among advanced skiers who can take advantage of cruisers, moguls and off-piste skiing.
In summer, nature lovers flock to the hills for hiking, mountain biking, trout fishing and horseback riding. Discover breathtaking scenery on the Refugio Frey trek, a 12-kilometre route through forests, streams, lakes and soaring peaks, or follow the Gutierrez Lake trail to Los Duendes waterfall and Munoz beach.
Retrace the history of southern Argentina at the Museum of Patagonia, which offers a perfect introduction to San Carlos de Bariloche. Browse a collection of fossils and cultural relics unearthed from the Stone Age and learn about the local Mapuche people’s culture.
For beautiful views over Bariloche, take the cable car or hike to the summit of Cerro Campanario. Enjoy spectacular panoramas of pristine mountains and shimmering lakes over a mug of Argentinian hot chocolate at the mountaintop cafe, Confitería Giratoria Cerro Otto.
Getting around San Carlos de Bariloche
San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport is a 20-minute taxi ride or bus from town. You can drive or take the bus from Buenos Aires, while Osorno is 3.5 hours away by car. Once in San Carlos de Bariloche, buses are the easiest way to get around.