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Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

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Lake Excursion to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest

1. Lake Excursion to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest

Start the first section of the tour in the Quetrihue Peninsula where you will visit the Arrayanes Forst.  After a quick walk, arrive at Bosque de Arrayanes where you will stay for 45 minutes and cross the forest on a path that is 2625 feet (800m) long. This part of the trip culminates in the mythical cabin that functions as a tea house. From there, boardoard the catamaran and resume your tour as you head to Bahía Anchorena. After several minutes of navigation, the catamaran will arrive at Puerto Anchorena. Once off the boat, begin your tour of the island. Among the possible activities, you can take the historical route, which is a 1-hour walk where you will have access to information related to the history of the island and its flora and fauna. The other option is to trek to Piedras Blancas on a 5-mile (8km) route. You can also visit Toro Beach, where you can see cave paintings, or the recreation area where you can take a break and even eat lunch. It should be noted that the island has a confectionery stand, where passengers have the opportunity to have lunch or a snack.

Bariloche: 7 Lakes & San Martin de Los Andes Road Trip

2. Bariloche: 7 Lakes & San Martin de Los Andes Road Trip

Set off on a full-day trip along the famous Road of the Seven Lakes route from San Carlos de Bariloche. Relish in unparalleled views of the countryside. Visit the true mountain village, Villa La Angostura, characterized by its stylized Alpine-wood architecture.  A few kilometers later, the Road of the Seven Lakes begins, passing by the beautiful Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner, Hermoso, and Machonico lakes. Each with a unique landscape and surrounded by ancient, leafy forests, marvel at unmatched natural beauty. Once in San Martin de Los Andes, situated on the shore of Lake Lacar, explore the area at your own pace. Return to your hotel in Bariloche.

Bariloche: Cerro Otto Cable Car

3. Bariloche: Cerro Otto Cable Car

See stunning natural sights all year long, each season with its own charm. The cable car rises to the summit at 1,405 meters above sea level, you can see the incredible panoramas from any of the 42 panoramic gondolas, with capacity for 4 people each.  Once at the top, you can enjoy a meal and a hot beverage at the Rotating Cafeteria, unique to South America, which allows you to appreciate the entire landscape through large windows while enjoying excellent regional cuisine. It also has an art gallery with the exact life-size casts of the most important works of Michelangelo Buonarroti: The David, The Moses and La Piedad. Visit the small cinema and disco Otto House Music. At the outside area you can enjoy snowshoe hikes through the woods, sliding tracks with sleds in winter or inflatables during the rest of the year.

Bariloche: Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Waterfall

4. 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.

Cruce Andino: Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche

5. Cruce Andino: Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche

Depart from Puerto Varas, Chile and enjoy views of beautiful landscapes, natural landmarks, and spectacular lakes as you travel by boat and bus to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. The route you will travel has been used for more than 400 years by the native Huilliches and Mapuches. The Andean Crossing is the only crossing that navigates the Andes Mountain Range through 3 lakes connected by 4 land sections, linking San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina with Puerto Varas in Chile.   Itinerary 8:00 AM - Travel overland from Puerto Varas to Petrohue 10:30 AM - Sail from Petrohue to Peulla on Lake Todos los Santos 12:30 PM - Free time in Peulla for lunch 3:00 PM - Travel overland from Peulla to Frías Port 5:00 PM - Sail from Frías Port to Blest on Lake Frías76:00 PM - Sail from Blest to Pañuelo Port on Lake Nahuel Huapi 7:00 PM - Travel overland from Pañuelo Port to San Carlos de Bariloche 8:00 PM - Arrive in San Carlos de Bariloche

Circuito Chico

6. 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.

Cerro Tronador

7. Cerro Tronador

On this full-day excursion you’ll take in some of the most breathtaking features of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit lakes, beaches, mountains, and waterfalls, and admire the highest mountain in the Patagonia. Mount Tronador, 3,478 meters high, forms a natural border between Chile and Argentina. From the viewpoint at its base you can see the incredible glacier that feeds the Manso River. See the Ventisquero Negro (Black Glacier) that consists of huge brownish-gray blocks formed by avalanches of ice and mud. Visit La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat), a waterfall created by melted glacial ice, surrounded by high rock walls, and see the Saltillo de las Nalcas, a hidden waterfall in the middle of the forest. This mountain’s name, Tronador, comes from the thunderous sounds produced by the massive falling blocks of ice.

Cruce Andino: San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas

8. Cruce Andino: San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas

Depart from San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina and enjoy views of beautiful landscapes, natural landmarks, and spectacular lakes as you travel by boat and bus to Puerto Varas, Chile. The route you will travel has been used for more than 400 years by the native Huilliches and Mapuches.   Itinerary 8:00 AM - Travel overland from Bariloche to Pañuelo Port 10:00 AM - Sail from Pañuelo Port to Blest on Lake Nahuel Huapi 11:00 AM - Sail from Blest to Frías Port on Lake Frías 12:00 PM - Travel overland from Frías Port to Peulla 2:00 PM - Free time in Peulla for lunch 3:30 PM - Sail from Peulla to Petrohue on Lake Todos los Santos 5:30 PM - Travel overland from Petrohue to Puerto Varas 8:00 PM - Arrive in Puerto Varas

Bariloche: 1-Way or Round-Trip BRC Airport Transfer

9. Bariloche: 1-Way or Round-Trip BRC Airport Transfer

Start or end your time in Bariloche stress-free with a reliable transfer service between your city center accommodations and the airport. Enjoy a 1-way or round-trip transfer between the BRC-Teniente Luis Candelaria Airport and your hotel in the city center. Save yourself the hassle of lugging heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system using this door-to-door transfer service. Enjoy comfort and security, benefiting from the knowledge that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high standards.

Bariloche: Cerro Campanario Chairlift Ticket

10. Bariloche: Cerro Campanario Chairlift Ticket

Travel hassle-free by pre-booking your chairlift ticket to Cerro Campanario, the most famous hill in Bariloche. At 3,444 feet above sea level, Cerro allows you to appreciate one of the most beautiful views of the region. Look out over Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno lakes, El Trébol Lagoon, San Pedro and Liao Llao peninsulas, Victoria Island, the Otto, López, Goye, Catedral, the Capilla hills, and the wonderful Cor Dillerano, the surroundings of the city of San Carlos de Bariloche.  What makes Cerro Campanário unique is that it has several viewpoints and not just one, allowing you to admire the landscapes from different angles. Take your time ruminating on the magical views in a peaceful setting. At the top of the hill there is also a cafeteria, in case you want to warm up with a coffee or hot chocolate.

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based on 485 reviews

There are beautiful scenery along the way. The number of stops is limited, so I think it is necessary to be prepared to take pictures through the window from inside the car.

The overall experience was excellent The guide was very knowledgable and with with a very good sense of humor . The tour was very balanced with no excess stops or taklings

It was a very nice tour to San Martín de los Andes. The guide, Alfredo, was very knowledgeable and entertained us wonderfully.

Very nice route, you have to go warm, since there are areas where the wind feels very strong and icy.

A very informative tour by Diego, a knowledgeable guide.