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San Carlos de Bariloche

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San Carlos de Bariloche
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport (IATA: BRC)
Lade flies from El Calafate. A ticket cost around Ar$800 (Apr/10)
Aerolineas Argentinas flies from Buenos Aires. A ticket costs around Ar$2145 / us$545
LAN Argentina  flies from Buenos Aires. A round-trip ticket costs around Ar$2045 / us$524
TAM Linhas Aereas flies twice a week (wednesdays and sundays) from Sao Paulo to Bariloche. Return flights runs on thursdays and mondays.

By boat

You can arrive or depart Bariloche by taking a series of ferries that wind through several lakes and connect by short bus rides from the Pacific at Puerto Montt, Chile. It's a one day trip unless you opt to stay overnight at Hotel Peulla near the pass.

By bus

If you decide to travel by bus you can choose between different companies, such as "Via Bariloche", "El Crucero del Norte", "Andesmar", etc. The first 2 companies offer different services, where the main variable is comfort and price. You can take "supercama", which has wide and large seats. "Cama" has wide seats. "Semi-cama" has the normal distribution of 4 seats per row. "Supercama" and "cama" take as long as 19 hours (summer); "semi-cama" makes several stops and takes as long as 22 hours (summer). There are also direct buses to and from Chile (6 to 8 hours ride).

By car

To go by car to Bariloche from Buenos Aires takes about 22 hours. One of the best alternatives is to go to Neuquen on the first day (a distance of about 1200 km) and then to continue the second day driving about 450 kilometers.

Key places to visit
Museum of Patagonia, Nahuel Huapi National Park, Cerro Catedral, Cerro Tronador, Cerro Catedral, Cerro Otto


Places to Visit

Museum of Patagonia

On the main plaza near the Tourist Info center. "Stuffed" native wildlife, pictures, and a great section covering the indigenous pre-Hispanic inhabitants of the region.

Nahuel Huapi National Park

Established in 1934, the Nahuel Huapi National Park is the oldest national park in Argentina. It surrounds Nahuel Huapi Lake in the foothills of the Patagonian Andes. The largest of the national parks in the region, it has an area of 7,050 km2 (2,720 sq mi), or nearly 2 million acres.Its landscapes represent the north Patagonian Andean Zone consisting of three types, namely, the Altoandino (with perpetual snow above an altitude of 1,600 metres (5,200 ft), the Andino-Patagonico and the Patagonian steppe

Cerro Catedral

Cerro Catedral is a mountain located 19 kilometres (12 miles) from San Carlos de Bariloche, and inside the Nahuel Huapí National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.The mountain holds one of the biggest ski centers in South America, with a skiable area of 2 km² (0.77 sq mi), over 100 km (62 miles) of ski runs, and a lift capacity of 22,200 skiers per hour. It is also very popular due to the magnificent view of the Nahuel Huapi lake. There are also a number of hotels and hostels at the foot of the mountain, and a summer hikers' hut called Refugio Lynch on one of the tops of the mountain

Cerro Tronador

see the Cerro Tronador and a waterfall over an overhanging cliff named Saltillo de las Nalcas, near the village of Pampa Linda. The busride takes about two hours, and costs Ar$ 90 return or Ar$ 45 one-way (Transitando, 20 de Febrero 300, Bariloche). There is an additional entrance fee to the national park of Ar$ 50 (foreigners). With this bus, you have to hike the last 7 km to the glacier, which is a beautiful experience as there is a hiking trail and the road shows amazing landscape. Some tourist buses take you right to the sights. Near the lookout there is confiteria which sells overpriced food although location is remote and the place astonishing.

Cerro Catedral

It has the biggest ski centre in South America, with a skiable area of 2 km² (0.77 sq mi), over 100 km (62 miles) of ski runs, and a lift capacity of 22,200 skiers per hour. It is located 12 miles from Bariloche. If you enjoy hiking, there is trail to the Frey refugio which takes about 6.5 hours (4 up, 2.5 down). Look for the trailhead in the far corner of the parking lot.

Cerro Otto

Viewpoint over the area of Bariloche. Transport there includes in the price of the cable car which cost 50 peso both ways (bus+cable car) or 30 peso one way while the other way you can hike or take a mountain bike(9 KM from the city, about 2.5 hours when hiking down). The rotating restaurant at the top has some impressive vistas of the region (average meal costs about $25 pesos) and there are some nice hiking trails behind the restaurant.

Right Time to Visit

September - April