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San Carlos de Bariloche

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Bariloche featuring a beach, landscape views and a lake or waterhole

Mountains and lakes, adventure sports, chocolate and Swiss-style architecture make this Argentine city a popular year-round destination.

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.

Where to stay in San Carlos de Bariloche

Nido del Condor Hotel & Spa
Nido del Condor Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Av. Bustillo Km. 6.9, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
The price is $162 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
This family-friendly San Carlos de Bariloche hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Nahuel Huapi Lake and Nahuel Huapi National Park. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (279 reviews)
"Because Orbitz never cancelled my reservation I had to pay for rooms I didn’t use. Orbitz told me and emailed me they cancelled the reservation but didn’t do it."

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Nido del Condor Hotel & Spa
El Casco Art Hotel
El Casco Art Hotel
5 out of 5
Av Bustillo Km 11.5, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
The price is $208 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Cerro Campanario, Cerro Viejo Eco Park, and Catedral Alta Patagonia. Lago Gutierrez and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (89 reviews)
"El servicio de restaurante es muy bueno y no muy caro. La pileta es increíble"

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2021

El Casco Art Hotel
Villa Beluno Hotel & Spa
Villa Beluno Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Av. Del Campanario 1144, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
The price is $1,282 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Located in Peninsula San Pedro, this spa hotel is steps from Nahuel Huapi Lake and Nahuel Huapi National Park. Cerro Campanario and Campanario Hill are also ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Realmente nos gusto; el hotel es precioso, la comida excelente y el servicio una maravilla. De los mejores hoteles que he conocido en mi vida Verdaderamente lo recomiendo"

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

Villa Beluno Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cabañas Chesa Engadina
Cabañas Chesa Engadina
3 out of 5
Suipacha 3511, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
Situated in San Carlos de Bariloche, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nahuel Huapi Lake and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Civic Center Bariloche. Nahuel Huapi National ...
4.3/5Excellent! (15 reviews)
"super roomy and rustic cabin with an amazing views. We stayed in the 2 bedroom with 2 bathrooms. Super comfortable with the heated flooring. Kitchen and dining and living area are great. Overall apartment was very clean, some signs of age, but overall a great experience. Dirt road up to the property ..."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Cabañas Chesa Engadina
Los Robles Apart & Spa
Los Robles Apart & Spa
3.5 out of 5
Ave. Bustillo 5550, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
Situated on a lake, this spa aparthotel is steps from Nahuel Huapi Lake and Nahuel Huapi National Park. Cerro Viejo Eco Park and Cerro Otto Cable Car are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (37 reviews)
I Do not recommend this hotel
"My room was in front of the Main Street (bustillo) so I heard the cars going back and forth all night, the view was not as advertised by the property. On top of this the room was too hot, amenities are open but nobody is on the spa or the pool to help you out, I left after the first night and went ..."

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2016

Los Robles Apart & Spa
Ski Sur Apartments
Ski Sur Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Nubes 79 - Villa Catedral, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro
Situated in San Carlos de Bariloche, this ski apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nahuel Huapi National Park and Catedral Alta Patagonia. Lago Gutierrez ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Nice apartment close to ski lifts
"Had a great time at this hotel!! The location is excellent. The best part is Guillermo and Diego, owner and administrator of the hotel who make you feel like family and help you with anything you may need, from buying groceries, to helping with ski instructors and equipment, to booking tours. Highly ..."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2017

Ski Sur Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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