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Bariloche: Cerro Catedral Ski Passes, Equipment, & Transfers

1. Bariloche: Cerro Catedral Ski Passes, Equipment, & Transfers

An ideal activity for those looking to participate in winter sports for the first or 100th time. Benefit from pre-booking a comfortable, heated transfer between Bariloche and the mountain, ski passes, all equipment for the duration of your trip, and passes for the lift, and start having fun right away.   The ski center on Cerro Catedral has the largest visitor capacity in Argentina, with more than 34 lifts and 1,200 skiable hectares, divided among forests, canyons, and off-track areas, as well as more than 60 tracks and roads. Enjoy a foray into mountain bliss. Checkout the onsite restaurants and souvenir shops or spend the whole day zipping down the side of the mountain.

Circuito Chico

2. Circuito Chico

A popular tour of Bariloche, this half-day circular route begins in the city and heads out to Lake Nahuel Huapi and Playa Bonita. From Playa Bonita you’ll be able to see Huemul Island. When you reach the foot of Cerro Campanario there’s a chairlift that takes people to the summit (1,050 meters). If you choose to take this optional ride to the top you’ll marvel at some of the most spectacular views of the region. The circuit continues on the San Pedro peninsula to the Llao Llao area. Admire St. Edward’s Chapel, an architectural jewel, and head to Puero Scarf on Lake Nahuel Huapi, where sailing excursions on the lake depart. To the south are stunning views of the Llao Llao Hotel, framed by the Chapel Hill and Cerro Lopez. When you arrive at Panorama Point you’ll admire the lovely views of the Llao Llao peninsula and surrounding lakes. Next you’ll cross the bridge over Lake Moreno that connects the lake with the Llao Llao peninsula and follow the route around Laguna El Treboll, before returing to the city of Bariloche.

Bariloche: 4-Hour Cerro Catedral Base Tour

3. Bariloche: 4-Hour Cerro Catedral Base Tour

Cerro Catedral is the largest ski center in the southern hemisphere and offers an expansive list of winter sport services. It is open all year and has 34 means of lifts (between chairlifts, cabins, and towing equipment), facilitating the ascent of 36 thousand people per hour. In this tour, you will go to the ski center and have free time to explore and try out some sports. At the top of the mountain, enjoy beautiful views of the Nahuel Huapi and Gutiérrez lakes, the Andes mountain range, the Tronador hill, and the surrounding hills. With a wide range of gastronomic options and commercial establishments, there’s plenty to do even for those not so sport-inclined.  In winter, you’ll find everything you need for skiing and snowboarding: from equipment rentals to schools prepared to teach at all levels. In summer, check out the many adventure activities fit for the whole family — like climbing, trekking, mountain biking, rappelling, and more. 

From Bariloche: Chico Circuit & Colonia Suiza Tour

4. From Bariloche: Chico Circuit & Colonia Suiza Tour

Begin your trip with pickup from your hotel in central San Carlos de Bariloche and embark on a sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights. Take the traditional Chico circuit - a 60km route through stunning natural scenery and the wonderful Bariloche landscapes. First, discover different sections of the coast along the shores of the Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes. On Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue - arrive at Playa Bonita, where you can see Huemul Island. Head to Campanario Hill for an incredible panoramic view of all the lakes and hills. Make a stop here and feel free to purchase a ticket to ascend the ticket (not included). Next, pass by the iconic Llao Llao Hotel, as well as the San Eduardo Chapel, and Puerto Pañuelo. Continue the route through Llao Llao Municipal Park, crossing Angostura Bridge where the Moreno and Huapi lakes meet. Admire the view of Lopez Bay and Capilla Hill. From there, the Llao Llao Peninsula can be seen together with the surrounding lakes, a classic Bariloche postcard. Cross the Moreno Lake bridge to El Trébol Lagoon. Then, head to visit the Colonia Suiza - the first European settlement in the region. Taste the traditional curanto, an originally Araucanian meal that was introduced from Chile by Emilio Goye - one of the first settlers. Discover several tea houses and restaurants, handicraft businesses and an important craft fair. Finally, return to Bariloche where your tour concludes.

Bariloche: Circuito Chico with optional Cerro Catedral

5. Bariloche: Circuito Chico with optional Cerro Catedral

The trip begins with pickup from your hotel in central San Carlos de Bariloche and then embarks on a sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights. Visit some of the most iconic landmarks that San Carlos de Bariloche has to offer, and learn about this vibrant city from your local guide. Next, travel along the edge of the stunning Nahuel Huapi Lake, one of the most beautiful places in Patagonia. Admire the stunning views of the deep-blue water and the contrast against the rugged mountainous region that surrounds it. The tour continues along Bustillo Avenue, where you can marvel at panoramic views across Huemul Island and Playa Bonita. Arrive at Llao Llao village on the shore of Lake Moreno, set amongst picturesque rolling green landscapes. Visit the traditional Llao Llao Hotel, which founded the village in the 1990s, and gaze upon the vast natural scenes that surround it. Then head to Saint Edward's Chapel to see its quaint wooden architecture before traveling to the foothill of Cerro Campanario. Take an optional cable car ride to the summit to admire National Geographic’s ‘eighth best view in the world’, before the tour returns to Bariloche.

San Martin de Los Andes: Villa La Angostura & 7 Lake Route

6. San Martin de Los Andes: Villa La Angostura & 7 Lake Route

After getting picked up from your hotel in San Martin de Los Andes, set off along the 110 km Seven Lake Route, making stops at each lake along the way. Cross Mapuche land, admiring the mountains covered by dense forests of Cypress and Nothogacea trees. First, make a stop at Lacar Lake and learn about the geography and history of the area. Then, head onwards making stops at the viewpoints of Machonico Lake, Falkner Lake, Villarino Lake, Mirror Lake, Correntoso Lake, and Nahuel Huapi Lake. Then, arrive in Villa La Angostura for a visit to different points of interest. See the ports and bays of Nahuel Huapi, the Quintupuray place, the residence of the Governor called El Messidor and the city center. Have free time to explore the town and to eat lunch. Finally, after 3 hours, return to San Martin de Los Andes, arriving by about 6:30 PM.

Bariloche: Full-Day Circuito Grande & Villa Traful Road Trip

7. Bariloche: Full-Day Circuito Grande & Villa Traful Road Trip

Get picked up from your hotel in Bariloche and head northeast along National Route 237. Cross the Ñireco Stream and Ñirihuah River on the way to Limay River. Drive along the pretty banks of the river until stopping at the amphitheater; a place of true natural beauty, the river valley takes on an interesting form here. From there, continue to Valle Encantado to discover strange figures outlined in rocky formations, some including Finger of God, Express Train, The Siamese, and Sentinel.  A couple miles later, come upon Confluencia, where you’ll switch to an unpaved road and travel through the Traful River Valley. Cross some of its beautiful tributaries and then take a pitstop at the Traful Lookout, a cliff hovering 230 feet above the lake. Continue until reaching the magnificent Traful Lake. On its southern shore, find Villa Traful and woods filled with native coihue trees. Visit the main dock and wander around the town’s colorful streets. The route continues south. Visit lakes Correntoso and Espejo, and then the stunning resort town, Villa La Angostura. Finally, pass by Puerto Manzano and Brazo Huemul before joining the road that returns to Bariloche.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 163 reviews

Super friendly, attentive staff. The skiing class was given by instructor Pato, and it was really cool. It took 2 hours of class and I managed to learn the basics and safely descend the snow. The meeting point was close to the Hotel, 600m away, but as it was raining it was a little inconvenient to walk in the rain and it was very cold!

Recommend Circuito Chico but not Cerro Cathedral. If you’ve only a short stay in Bariloche you get to fantastic views over Patagonia with the chairlift you may take in Circuito Chico.

It is very comprehensive to get a nice look to all the area. But you may have to complement it with Circuito Chico a second day to get view of the lake and ski areas.

The weather was perfect. The views were great. Got everything I wanted for the same price as a rental car, and no getting lost.

Quick 4h ride , very good , beautiful landscapes , the cable car showed a stunning lake . Take cash , for the cable car .