Nahuel Huapí National Park

Nahuel Huapí National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bariloche: Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Waterfall

1. Bariloche: Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Waterfall

Choose to meet at Pañuelo Port, or be picked up and driven to there. After setting off from Pañuelo Port, sail for an hour along Blest Branch, the most important branch of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Pass by Centinela Island where Perito Moreno's remains are buried. Marvel at the Los Cantaros Waterfall.   Afterward, disembark and hike a wooden trail buried deep in the lush vegetation of the "Valdivian Rainforest.” Arrive at Los Cantaros Lake, where you can admire a 1500-year old larch tree. Return to the boat and sail for 5 minutes to Blest Port. Visit the Bay and Frias River, famous for its emerald waters which originate from the glaciers of Mount Tronador.

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: Circuito Chico with optional Cerro Catedral

3. 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.

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.

San Martín de los Andes por 7 Lagos

5. San Martín de los Andes por 7 Lagos

Begin your full-day tour from your hotel in Bariloche at 8 AM.  Then, head north through the town of Dina Huapi and the bridge over the Limay River, connecting to the legendary Route 40. Along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, make your first short stop in Villa la Angostura, a town with mountain architecture ideal for walking on foot. Next, start walking an incredible path surrounded by mountains and lakes.  Make stops along the way to experience the hike to its fullest. On the Road of the Seven Lakes, see Espejo Lake, Correntoso Lake, Villarino Lake, Falkner, Escondido Lake, Machónico Lake, and Lácar Lake, before finally arriving at the city of San Martin. You will have free time to explore the city and have lunch in front of the lake before starting the return along the same path. After making your last stop at Villa la Angostura, arrive in Bariloche at approximately 6:30 PM.

Bariloche: 4-Hour Cerro Catedral Base Tour

6. 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. 

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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What people are saying about Nahuel Huapí National Park

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 180 reviews

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 .

Puntualidad y excelente servicio de la guía turística