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15 Fun Things to Do in Bariloche, Argentina

Ishaan Govardhan Aug 31, 2019
Tucked away within the untamed Patagonian wilderness of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, San Carlos de Bariloche is a gem of a lakeside town. It has a special place in the hearts of daring explorers and leisure-seeking vacationers alike.

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See if you can conquer the snowy terrain surrounding Bariloche on a snowmobile. Cut through the snow on a wilderness excursion to remote viewpoints that can only be reached with snowmobiles and quadricycles.

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Bariloche is best known for top class ski slopes that get blanketed with fine snow every winter. Shred the snow at South America's premier ski resort: Cerro Catedral, or check out the less crowded slopes of Catedral Alta Patagonia.

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There's just one way to fight the biting cold of the Patagonian terrain in winter: get moving! Try to bag all the snow-capped peaks, as you embark on a snowshoeing expedition to Cerro Catedral, with Bariloche as your basecamp.
Imagine resting at this refugio, after a hard day of exploring. If the popular Refugio Frey is unavailable, book this one instead: the underrated Refugio Laguna Negra.

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If you feel like venturing even farther from the city, hike to Volcano Lanin (12,388 ft). This perfectly conical peak belongs to an active volcano that towers over its surroundings.
For the most scenic ride in all of Rio Negro, hop aboard one of the red cable cars that ascend up the side of Mt. Otto. Waiting for you at the summit are a revolving cafe and more skiing tracks.

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As the snow melts, the lush splendor of Nahuel Huapi National Park will reveal itself to you in all its glory. You won't be able to stop yourself from going on beautiful hikes. Also, check out the 7 amazing viewpoints of Llao Llao Park.

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Bariloche's Playa Bonita is a pebbly beach that's worth a visit. And just off the coast, you can try windsurfing on the waves of Lake Nahuel Huapi!

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Put your fly fishing skill to the test at this lakeside city. See if you can land a rainbow trout or two!

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Pit yourself against the vertical craggy rock faces of the Patagonian mountainsides. Adventurers always have a great time rock climbing near Bariloche. Just head for Cerro López or the Piedra Parada boulder.

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The best way to experience the beauty of this area is to set off on a memorable roadtrip on the Circuit Chico route (about 37 scenic miles long). It loops around Lake Nahuel Huapi, starting from Bariloche.

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Bariloche tends to bring out the daredevil inside each visitor, and most don't leave the city without paragliding at least once. Take to the air, as you experience the city and its surrounding wilderness from the bird's eye view.
Every night, you should return to the welcoming embrace of Bariloche to rest after your adventures. The bustling Centro Civico square is this city's beating heart. The architecture here may remind of a Swiss city.

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Swiss towns have inspired Bariloche in other ways. Most notably, Bariloche is known for its delectable chocolates! Check out the Museo del Chocolate Havanna, for insights into chocolate-making and (more than) a few lip-smacking souvenirs!

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In fall, the canopy around Bariloche changes its colors in a great spectacle that should not be missed. If you hike down the same trails, you'll find that they've been completely transformed by a stunning blanket of fall foliage.