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

Hotel Panamericano Bariloche
Hotel Panamericano Bariloche
4 out of 5
Av San Martin 536/70, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, 8400
The price is $125 per night from Sep 9 to Sep 10
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy rooms ...
3.7/5 Good! (233 reviews)
"Very nice, with a warm welcoming staff."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2022

Hotel Panamericano Bariloche
Hotel Cristal
Hotel Cristal
4 out of 5
Mitre 355, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, 8400
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (272 reviews)
Great hotel with spa facilities
"The hotel is amazing. Bed is fluffy and cosy. Room is 4*. There is good breakfast. The hotel has a pool, spa and sauna. Gym was not operational for some reason. The only negative is the early check out time at 10. If you arrive late there is not much time to enjoy the room during short stay."

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2022

Hotel Cristal
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Av.Bustillo KM 25, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, 8400
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $268 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 3
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in San Carlos de Bariloche. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free valet parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (368 reviews)
"The Location is perfect and everything of the hostel is just amazing."

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
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.
Aguila Mora Suites & Spa
Aguila Mora Suites & Spa
3.5 out of 5
Av. Exequiel Bustillo 4790, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, 8400
The price is $176 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 13
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in San Carlos de Bariloche. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (58 reviews)
Excellent hotel
"We were upgraded to a much larger and very comfortable suit. The shower is excellent. Beautiful view to the lake"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Aguila Mora Suites & Spa
Rochester Bariloche
Rochester Bariloche
4 out of 5
Av. Bustillo 6700, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, 8400
The price is $345 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in San Carlos de Bariloche. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (134 reviews)
"Very helpful front desk. Jaccuzzi in room. Fully fitted kitchen"

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2019

Rochester Bariloche
Urbana Suites & Studios 440
Urbana Suites & Studios 440
3 out of 5
San Martin 440, San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, 8400
Stay at this 3-star apartment in San Carlos de Bariloche. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the convenient parking and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (22 reviews)
Avoid Bariloche in December
"The first apartment was on a lower floor facing the a busy road. Didn’t sleep for 2 nights with drunken teenagers shouting until sunrise. Don’t visit Bariloche in late December. Hundreds of schoolies everywhere you go on package tours. The apartment owner was very nice and I moved to another of her ..."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

Urbana Suites & Studios 440
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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