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Amid the breathtaking natural beauty of Argentina’s Lake District is Bariloche, officially San Carlos de Bariloche, a scenic vacation destination for lovers of the outdoors. Nahuel Huapi National Park surrounds the city, so Bariloche is a perfect base from which to discover the natural treasures of Argentina’s largest national park.
Get your bearings at the Centro Civico, a collection of quaint Swiss-style buildings against a mountainous backdrop. Pick up maps of the national park from the tourist information office or learn about Bariloche’s history and culture at the Museo de la Patagonia.
Ride the cable car to the summit of Cerro Otto for panoramic views. It’s the closest mountaintop to the city center and home to the adventure sports resort Piedras Blancas. Explore hiking trails in summer. In winter, ride toboggan and ski runs, such as the 75-mile (120-kilometer) runs at Cerro Catedral.
Catch a public bus or join an organized tour around the Circuito Chico, which travels along the south banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Take a boat tour from Puerto Pañuelo to discover waterfalls and islands with tall Arrayán trees. Ride the chairlift to Cerro Campanario for unrivaled views, or hike to the summit of the 11,480-feet (3,500-meter) tall Cerro Tronador.
Bariloche is well-known for its chocolate industry, established by Swiss immigrants. Sample the tempting chocolate treats in the stores along Mitre Street or visit the Fenoglio Chocolate Museum. Afterwards, enjoy grilled steaks or gourmet dishes in a cozy restaurant. Bariloche is also famous for its nightlife and receives hordes of high school graduates in July.
Get to Bariloche by taking a domestic flight from Buenos Aires or on one of Argentina’s excellent long-distance buses, which service most of the country and neighboring Chile. If you have the time, rent a car to explore the scenic Seven Lakes Road, which begins 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Bariloche and passes lakeside villages, mountains and valleys. Snowfall often causes roads closures, so check the conditions and take precautions.
Hotel Design Suites Bariloche is steps from Nahuel Huapis Lake and 2 km (1 mi) from Bariloche Civic Center, featuring shops, a museum, and a cathedral. Cerro Catedral ski resort is 8 km (5 mi) away.
Situated in Bariloche, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Carlos de Bariloche Cathedral, Museum of Patagonia, and Civic Center Bariloche. Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada Historical Monument and Bariloche Casino are also within 15 minutes.
Located on a lake, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of San Eduardo Chapel, Cerro Otto Cable Car, and Cerro Otto. Cerro Viejo Eco Park and Fenoglio Museum of Chocolate are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Bariloche, this apartment is within 9 mi (15 km) of San Eduardo Chapel, Cerro Otto Cable Car, and Escuela Argentina de Snowboard & Ski. Cerro Viejo Eco Park and Cerro Campanario are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in the heart of Bariloche, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bariloche Casino, Civic Center Bariloche, and Museum of Patagonia. Fenoglio Museum of Chocolate and San Carlos de Bariloche Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.
Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Playa Bonita hotel is in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of San Eduardo Chapel and Cerro Otto Cable Car, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Cerro Campanario is 6.2 mi (10 km) away.
Located near the slopes, this Bariloche hotel is on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Cerro Viejo Eco Park and Cerro Otto Cable Car, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. San Eduardo Chapel and Fenoglio Museum of Chocolate are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Villa La Angostura hotel is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Rio Correntoso and Incayal Waterfall, and close to winter sports such as snowshoeing. Virgen Nina Chapel and Arrayanes Convention Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).