Tips for tourism in Argentina: what to do in Bariloche, main tourist attractions. Check out our Patagonia tourism tips

San Carlos de Bariloche, located in the south of Argentina, is a popular destination for Brazilians, especially in winter. With around 130,000 inhabitants, the city has much more attractions than you can imagine – and many of them, contrary to what you might think, do not involve ice, becoming even more beautiful in the summer.

With lakes, mountains and natural beauties full of charm, there is a lot to do and discover in bariloche. With its privileged location, north of Argentine Patagonia and very close to Andes mountain range, the city offers more than just tours: those who venture there carry unforgettable experiences and moments.

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Things to do in Bariloche

Bariloche tourism tips

Sights in Bariloche. Photo: Publicity Bariloche Select

Chico Circuit

THE Chico Circuit It is one of the most traditional tours in the city, an ideal place for a first contact to be dazzled by the region. It's like a welcome card for the visitor on a journey of 65 incredible kilometers. Prepare your camera to record beautiful scenery and several points with natural viewpoints, such as Bahia Lopez and Ponto Panorâmico. From them, it is possible to see a scenery full of pine trees, mountains and incredible lakes.

the summit of Cerro do Campanario it is accessed via a cable car with open seats, so it is important to dress warmly. The climb pays off a lot, as the view from the top covers almost the entire city. The route also passes through Capilla San Eduardo, which is located next to the classic Llao Llao hotel, and Puerto Pañuelo, from where boat trips to Cruce del Lagos, Puerto Blest, Isla Vitoria and Bosque de Arrayanes depart. THE Chico Circuit It is, without a doubt, a complete and unmissable tour.

Mountain and tango at night

Can you imagine a tour that combines all the charm of the mountains with the charm of Argentine music? This experience provides another perspective on bariloche, giving the visitor the opportunity to enjoy the city at night. The route starts by going up one of the roads of the Cerro Otto. Afterwards, visitors receive headlamps to start a short walk through a native forest of the region.

On this tour, it is possible to have one of the most beautiful views of the region in the dark. Have you ever imagined the privilege of having a panoramic view of the illuminated city and the Lake Nahuel Huapi? Without a doubt, an inspiring experience.

After this moment of pure harmony with nature, it's time to get to know the Berghof Refuge. A moment to relax, warm up by the fireplace, enjoy a wonderful dinner and then enjoy all the power and drama of an exciting Argentine tango show. 

white stones

Without a doubt, this will be the most fun experience you will have in Bariloche. the complex of white stones, which is located just over 4 kilometers from Bariloche, has five slopes to slide in a famous game known as Esquibunda. There in Bariloche the sport is also known as sleigh, trineos or culipatin.

To access the top of the slopes, you need to take a cable car. In total, there are approximately 3,000 meters to go down and have fun, bet on races and enjoy a unique landscape. This game is recommended for the whole family because white stones, in addition to five ski slopes and a cable car that gives access to them, it has a special space for children to play in the snow. That way there is no lack of fun and unique moments.

Ski Baptism

impossible to go to bariloche, see that immensity of white snow and not feel like skiing. For those who have no idea how to practice this sport, no problem. In the region it is possible to carry out theski baptism”, an activity aimed at those who are willing to take the first steps in this activity.

The training lasts a full day, from 9 am to 5:30 pm, with two hours of collective practical classes, where beginners learn some basic techniques. All this is carried out on the simplest tracks to facilitate the skill of new students. Afterwards, you can practice with the equipment until it's time to return. A tip is to dress in waterproof clothes before starting the baptism, as they are not included with the equipment rental.

Puerto Blest and Cascada Los Cántaros

Bariloche is famous for its incredible blue lakes. On this tour you will have the opportunity to navigate the crystal clear waters of the lake Nahuel Huapi, which can reach a depth of up to 400 meters and has an area of 710 thousand hectares. Aboard a catamaran it is possible to observe beautiful landscapes and other points of the city until Puerto Cántaros, a wonderful environment with trees and lots of green. Via a trail, you reach the Los Cántaros Lake, which flows into the beautiful waterfall that bears the same name. On this route you will be able to observe much of the fauna and flora of the region and admire a stunning beauty.

Cerro Tronador

For nature lovers, this is a must-see. In it, it is possible to explore one of the most beautiful areas of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. There are forests, lakes, beaches, mountains, rapids and at various points you can see Cerro Tronador, the highest mountain in the region, which is on the borders of Argentina and Chile. The name of the hill was given by the constant landslides in its glaciers and glaciers that make a noise similar to thunder.

In addition to the imposing landscape, it is possible to contemplate infrequent natural phenomena such as the Ventisquero Negro Glacier, which, unlike other glaciers, is dark, due to a mixture of ice and clay in its formation.

 Other tours to do in Bariloche:

  • Skiing in Cerro Catedral
  • Stroll through the center of Bariloche  
  • Visit the Chocolate Museum
  • Chocolateria Kingdom of Chocolates
  • ice cave
  • brewery tour
  • Discover the beaches formed by lakes
  • Visit the Rotating Confectionery
  • Visit neighboring cities
  • Walk in the Frozen Lagoon
  • Visit San Martín de los Andes along the 7 lakes route

How to get to Bariloche

Sights in Bariloche. Photo: C_Fernandes / iStockphoto

The regular route that leaves Brazil towards Bariloche involves a connection in Buenos Aires. From the Buenos Aires capital to the destination city, it takes about two hours by flight.

Buenos Aires It has two airports, Aeroparque, which is in the central region, and Ezeiza, which is about 50 minutes from downtown. Pay attention to the schedules, as flights from Brazil usually arrive in Ezeiza and flights to Bariloche usually depart from Aeroparque.

In winter, which runs from July to August, there are direct flights departing from Brazil towards bariloche, without the need for a connection in the Buenos Aires capital. The trip, which lasts about 4h30, departs from São Paulo via LATAM, Gol and Azul.

When is the best time to visit Bariloche

Bariloche tourism tips

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Unlike what most people think, bariloche it is not a place to be visited only in winter. Although the snow is the main attraction, during the other seasons there is a lot of beauty to see and several tours to take.

The snow season peaks between July and August. If you want to escape the crowded city, the second half of August has lower prices and the city is relatively empty.  

Where to stay in Bariloche

Bariloche tourism tips

Sights in Bariloche. Photo: Publicity Bariloche Select

Find accommodation in Bariloche here.

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