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Where the sand and sea meet, is the city of Bariloche. Formally known as San Carlos de Bariloche, this destination is located in Argentina's Patagonia. Not only are there gorgeous glaciers and lakes all around, but Bariloche is also Argentina's chocolate capital.

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» Bella Vista Hill (Cerro Bella Vista)

Bella Vista Hill (Cerro Bella Vista), Bariloche

Cerro Bella Vista is a mountain in the province of Rio Negro near Bariloche, Argentina and falls within Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is 5,577 feet high and fairly easy to climb, but a hike to the summit can take between two to four hours, and descending can take two to three hours. It's not as well-known as some of the other peaks in the area, but it is visible from Bariloche and from the nearby heights. It also offers spectacular views of the nearby peaks, Nahuel Huapi Lake, Lake Moreno, and sections of Nahuel Huapi National Park …

» Bosque de Arrayanes

Bosque de Arrayanes, Bariloche

The Arrayán forest is the main attraction Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes, which is easily accessed from Villa La Angostura. This forest is an important remaining natural stand of the arrayan, or the Chilean myrtle tree. They are a slow-growing tree with a narrow trunk whose bark is reddish to light coffee in color, often referred to as cinnamon, and which peels off as the tree grows. The tree's bark is cool to the touch. They bloom white in the summer (January and February), and give an edible dark blue-black fruit in early autumn …

» Centro Cívico

Centro Cívico, Bariloche

The Centro Cívico was built in the late 1930s, to reflect the architecture of the early German and Swiss settlers (from Berne) in a style referred to as 'Bariloche-Alpine.' It serves as a central reference point, and a nearby sheltered area houses the helpful, multilingual tourist office. The plaza that lies between the civic center and Lake Nahuel Huapi is a scene of ongoing activity and contrast. There are the tourist-happy vendors, complete with photo-ops with barrel-toting Saint Bernards, and more than its share of postcard vendors …

» Cerro Campanario (Belfry Hill)

Cerro Campanario (Belfry Hill), Bariloche

Patagonia is a popular region of Argentina for exploring nature, and many people base themselves in Bariloche for some time due to the many lakes and mountains in the area. If you enjoy hiking, this is the place to be. There are many hiking trails with gorgeous views of Bariloche and the Nahuel Huapi National Park, but the best view is from Cerro Campanario, or Belfry Hill. It's an easy hike, and the elevation is 3,442 feet. From the top of Cerro Campanario, you will enjoy spectacular views of Lake Moreno, San Pedro Peninsula …

» Cerro Catedral

Cerro Catedral, Bariloche

Cerro Catedral is a major attraction in the Bariloche area. It's 20 km southwest of the city, and is a 2388-meter (7,800-foot) high peak from which you can see the contours of the valley, and the snow-capped volcanoes in the distance, on both the Chilean and Argentine side. There are abundant wildflowers in summer, and you get a view over one of the area's major winter sports centers as well. Most visitors take the Cablecarril and Silla Lynch, (two different gondolas/lifts) which also have a great view, and stop at the Confitería (café) …

» Cerro Lopez

Cerro Lopez, Bariloche

With its alpine peaks, crystalline lakes, and wealth of artisanal chocolate, Bariloches is a dream destination for South American travelers. In summer, the hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing are some of the best in Patagonia, and the accessibility and ease of access make them easy for travelers to enjoy. In terms of hiking and views of Bariloches, one of the best trails in northern Patagonia is the climb up Cerro Lopez. This 7,178-foot mountain towers above Bariloches, and offers unparalleled, panoramic views of the entire Argentinian Lakes District …

» Cerro Tronador

Cerro Tronador, Bariloche

Cerro Tronador is the standout attraction among many day-trip and hiking options in Bariloche. It is named for the thunderous sound the volcano made before it went extinct, but the name (Thundering Mountain) is still apt, for the rumbling icefalls as giant pieces of ice shed from the glacier, which are audible at a safe distance. The main attraction is the Ventisquero Negro (also called El Manso), which means black glacier, and it's easy to see why. It is mainly covered in darkish soil and moraine, and small pieces that have broken off float in a milky lake at its foot …

» El Bolson

El Bolson, Bariloche

El Bolsón is a town in the southwest section of the Rio Negro province of Argentina. Despite its southern location, it has an unusually mild climate due to the valleys towards Chile and the Pacific Ocean. The town was originally settled by German immigrants, and in the 1970s, hippies from Buenos Aires moved there. Today El Bolsón's economy is based on tourism. Visitors come to see the outdoor artisan market, and to participate in activities such as fly fishing, trekking, rafting, climbing, and other outdoor activities in the surrounding lakes and mountains …

» Isla Victoria

Isla Victoria, Bariloche

Isla Victoria is a small island located in Nahuel Huapi lake, which is part of the park by the same name. The lake is one of the main defining features of this part of Patagonia, with the city of Bariloche on the south shore, and smaller town of Villa La Angostura on the north side. Victoria Island is located in the middle of the northernmost branch of the lake and is accessed from Puerto Pañuelo, a 30-minute drive from Bariloche. There are a couple of sailings daily, some of which continue to Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes …

» Lake Gutierrez

Lake Gutierrez, Bariloche

Because its waters are warm and teem with fish, Lake Gutierrez is one of the most popular destinations near the Argentinean resort city of San Carlos de Bariloche. Situated within Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina's oldest protected land, the lake has two common access points that sit on opposite shores. Villa Los Cohiues is the closest access point to the city and it's where most people access the lake. Swimming, kayaking, and sport fishing are popular on the lake itself, with both hiking and horseback riding to explore the surrounding forests …

» Lake Moreno

Lake Moreno, Bariloche

Lake Moreno is a glacial lake in the providence of Rio Negro near Bariloche, Argentina. The lake covers an area of more than 4,000 acres, and mountains, such as Lopez, Capilla, and Catedral, are the predominant feature of the surrounding landscape. The lake is divided into two sections, Western Lake Moreno and Eastern Lake Moreno. The western section is connected to Lake Nahuel Huapi by a narrow channel. The water in Lake Moreno is generally mild since most of its water does not come from ice melt …

» Mascardi Lake

Mascardi Lake, Bariloche

Mascardi Lake is a glacial lake in the province of Rio Negro south of Bariloche, Argentina. It was named for a Jesuit priest named Nicolas Mascardi who did missionary work in the area during the 17th century. The lake is within Nahuel Huapi National Park, which is the oldest national park in Argentina and covers an area of almost 2 million acres. Mascardi Lake is divided into two sections by a peninsula. From the lake, you can admire several peaks of the Andes Mountain range. There are several good beaches along the shores of the lake …

» Mirador del Traful

Mirador del Traful, Bariloche

In Patagonia, north of Bariloche, Argentina, lies a glacial lake called Lago Traful. It is a popular place for hiking as well as other typical water activities. Along the hiking trail is a lookout point called Mirador del Traful which offers spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding area. The view point is on a cliff that marks where glaciers pierced the basin thousands of years ago and strong winds continue to erode the rocks. The cliffs form a natural wall where the winds collide, resulting in a strange boomerang effect …

» Nahuel Huapi Lake

Nahuel Huapi Lake, Bariloche

Nahuel Huapi Lake is the main lake within Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is a glacial lake with many islands, and it is located in the lake region of northern Patagonia between the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén near Bariloche. It has a surface area of about 210 square miles and a depth of 1,394 feet, making it the largest and deepest clear water lake in Argentina; it extends 62 miles across the border into Chile. In 1670, Nahuel Huapi Lake was discovered by Nicolas Mascardi, a Jesuit priest who was doing missionary work in the area …

» Nahuel Huapi National Park

Nahuel Huapi National Park, Bariloche

Nahuel Huapi National Park, which surrounds the lake of the same name, and within which San Carlos de Bariloche is located, is an expansive park of nearly 1.8 million acres, and Argentina's oldest national park. The park actually contains another park, Parque nacional Los Arrayanes, which is where the much-visited Quetrihué peninsula is. This peninsula is home to a large tract of 300-650 year old red-to-light-brown-barked Arrayan trees. The larger park covers a large range of altitude, from 700 to 3400 meters …

» Puerto Blest

Puerto Blest, Bariloche

Puerto Blest is on the western end of Nahuel Huapi Lake. It is part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park in the Rio Negro province of Argentina. Nahuel Huapi Lake is divided into different sections, and the western arm of the lake is the Blest section. The Blest branch of the lake covers an area of about 14 square miles. At the entrance to the Blest section of the lake is Centinela Island, where explorer Francisco Moreno is buried. He came to this region of Argentina in the late 1800s and later founded Nahuel Huapi National Park …

» San Eduardo Chapel (Capilla de San Eduardo)

San Eduardo Chapel (Capilla de San Eduardo), Bariloche

Capilla de San Eduardo, or San Eduardo Chapel, was built in 1938 in Bariloche, Argentina. It was built with neo-gothic and European influences by architect Alejandro Bustillo, who also built the Hotel Llao Llao next door. It was built with stone and cypress logs from the area, and the stained glass windows depict religious scenes and stories. The chapel lies within the boundaries of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, and from the front of the building, you can enjoy beautiful views of the forest, mountains such as Mount Tronador, and several lakes …

» Siete Lagos

Siete Lagos, Bariloche

The road of the seven lakes (Siete Lagos) is a spectacular 108 km (about 65-mile) drive in Argentina's lake-dotted Patagonian lakes region. Route 234 runs from Villa La Angostura up to San Martín de Los Andes, not far from the undisputed capital and largest city of the region, Bariloche. The seven lakes drive passes looming mountains, majestic lakes, waterfalls, turn-offs with emerald lagoons, beech forests, and even condor nesting areas. The seven lakes, going from Villa Lo Angostura, on the north shore of branched Lake Nahuel Huapi …

» Villa La Angostura

Villa La Angostura, Bariloche

Villa La Angostura is a small town nearby well-touristed Bariloche, which also has the closest airport. Villa La Angostura is built on the north shores of lake Nahuel Huapi, and is the preferred Patagonian destination of wealthy Argentines as well as international travelers. The area is great for cycling, fishing, horseback riding and hikes, such as the one to emerald-green Laguna Verde, around which there is a walking trail. The best views from near the town are from Mirador Belvedere, which is about 4 km away. From here, you can get a good view of lakes Correntoso and Nahuel Huapi …

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Tourism, both domestic and international, is the main economic activity of Bariloche, all year around. While popular among Europeans, the city is also very popular among Brazilians. One of the most popular activities is skiing. Most tourists visit Bariloche in its winter (summer for North Americans and Europeans). Regular flights from Buenos Aires with LAN airlines and Aerolíneas Argentinas serve the city …

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San Carlos de Bariloche, usually known as Bariloche, is a city in the province of Rio Negro, Argentina, situated in the foothills of the Andes, surrounded by lakes (Nahuel Huapi, Gutiérrez Lake, Moreno Lake and Mascardi Lake) and mountains (Tronador, Cerro Catedral, Cerro Lopez). It is famous for skiing but also known for sight-seeing, water sports, trekking and climbing …

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