Wanderlist Discover: Bariloche, Argentina
San Carlos de Bariloche, or simply Bariloche, is the capital of Argentina’s scenic lake district, Rio Negro. It is located on the banks of the Lago Nahuel Huapi Lake, just outside a national park, in some of the most gorgeous natural surroundings found anywhere in the world. Sitting pretty at the base of Andes mountain range, this little town offers visitors a wide range of summer and winter activities, making it a perfect year round travel destination. Depending on the season, nature lovers can choose from climbing, hiking, trout fishing, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing and even horse riding. Those interested in more relaxed activities can take a walk along the picturesque lanes and admire the beautiful chocolate box architecture that dominates the entire town. Bailoche is one of the leading producers of the finest chocolates in Argentina, and you will be tempted by the numerous speciality chocolate shops that are spread all over the city centre and the main shopping areas.
A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi : Possibly the biggest attraction of the Rio Negro province, this national park offers several activities for visitors. Even if you are not an adventure seeker, you can always relax and admire the scenery as you take a drive up the scenic routes in the park. Adventure seekers can do white water rafting, kayaking, hiking and mountain climbing and a host of other activities too.
Mount Cerro : A visit to Mount Cerro, the highest mountain in the region, is a must. You can take a cable car up to the mountain peak, which has a revolving restaurant at the top, giving you amazing 360-degree views of the surroundings. It also has an extinct volcano to explore.
Museo De La Patagonia : Located in one of the Swiss-style chalets in the city centre, the museum has several exhibits that trace the history of the town as well as the nearby region, including the national park. Its is a great way to relax and spend some time indoors after numerous outdoor activities, and learn about the local life and culture at the same time.
Best Time To Go: December to February
If you want to visit Bariloche in the summers, try and plan your visit around December to February. If you are interested in the winter activities, you can plan your visit between August to October.
Where in the world:
Bariloche is located in the Southwestern province of Rio Negro in Argentina
Fun Fact: The infamous bandits, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, were believed to have lived in a ranch near Bariloche for a few years, while they were on the run from the famous Pinkerton Agency. Their presence is recorded in the registry of a local general store. According to legend, the Pinkertons knew their location for some time, but the harsh winter conditions of the region, prevented their sole agent from making an arrest. While they were waiting for the right time to make the arrest, the bandits got a tip-off and before they could be arrested, they fled across the Nahuel Huapi Lake, into Chile.
Language : Spanish
Currency : Argentine Peso
How to Get Around : The local bus service is quite adequate to take you around the city. You can rent cars or taxis to get to destinations away from the main city.
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