Bariloche: Puentes Destination Guide
Perhaps the most well known tourist destination in Patagonia, Bariloche is located on the southern shores of the Lake Nahuel Haupi in the western extreme of the Rio Negro province. Surrounded by majestic mountains and lakes, it is the preferred vacation spot for many Argentines. It originated as a German colony more with more connections to Chile than Argentina. As it was so remote and disconnected from the rest of Argentina, it wasn’t until the arrival of the railroad in the 1930s that it really began to flourish as a city. The charming city center was designed to have the appearance of a traditional European central alpine town. All year round, Bariloche offers a picturesque and diverse setting for travels and adventures.
HOW TO GET THERE
A short hour flight from Buenos Aires, Bariloche is set against the Andes Mountains in the Lake District. You can choose to fly from the in-city airport Aeroparque Jorge Newbery on a traditional airline, take a low cost flight from El Palomar, or take a 20 hour bus ride from Retiro bus station.
WHERE TO STAY
Located on Lake Fabula with gorgeous settings right on the lake with breathtaking views, Fabula Lake House has kind hosts and is a recommended place for your stay. Additionally, AirBnB Lakeside Loghouse gives you an open view at Cerro Catedral and Lago Gutierrez; located on a private road, the estate has access to the lake and to our private pier through a native forest. There are other hostels and AirBnBs in the areas too.
WHAT TO DO
Hike or ride the chair lift up Cerro Campanario for a great view.
Take a day hike up Cerro Llao Llao for awesome views.
Ski or hike at Cerro Catedral. (Usually ski season runs from late June to September, but check first.)
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes: 12 hectares of an “Arrayanes” forest, unique in the world.
Boat trips along Nahuel Huapi Lake.
Ride a cableway and/or a funicular up Cerro Otto.
Zipline at Piedras Blancas.
WHERE TO EAT
Refugio Patagonia, Brewery: Circuito Chico Km 24,7
El Boliche de Alberto: Villegas 347
Ice cream at Helados Jauja: Perito Moreno 14
DON’T FORGET THE CHOCOLATE
Bariloche is famous for its delicious chocolate. Make sure you take the time to stop by some of these great chocolatiers for a bite!
Abuela Goye: Av Bartolomé Mitre 248
Benroth: Av Bartolomé Mitre 150
Mamuschka: Av Bartolomé Mitre 216
Rapa Nui: Av Bartolomé Mitre 202
For those who prefer to connect with nature outside of city of Bariloche, El Camino de los Siete Lagos (The Seven Lakes Road) is the perfect option. Beginning about an hour north of Bariloche, it’s a 65 mile stretch of the National Route 40 in the province of Neuquén that joins the towns of San Martín de los Andes and Villa La Angostura. El Camino de Los Siete Lagos owes its name to the seven lakes that can be seen along its route: Lácar, Machónico, Falkner, Villarino, Lago Escondido, Correntoso, and Espejo. The route can be enjoyed simply by observing as a passenger in a bus or rental car, or better yet, by making stops along the way to camp and hike. It’s the perfect place to appreciate the typical characteristics of the Patagonian Andes region: extensive forests, snowy hills, and crystal clear lakes.