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Bariloche in Argentina Lake District by Hortense Soulier
|Gateway to the beautiful
Argentinean Lake District, one of the areas comprising the spectacular
Patagonian region, the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, is one of the highlights
of any trip to Argentina. Adventurers especially will find countless opportunities
to experience the thrill of hiking, trekking, skiing and many more activities
in Bariloche. The city is beautifully located on the shores of the glistening
Lake Nahuel Huapi, surrounded by majestic, jagged Andean peaks.
The city of Bariloche itself
is easy to navigate, small and with a warm atmosphere. Bariloche was founded
in 1902 but only became a thriving destination in the 1930's after the
creation of the nearby national park. Travelers from around the world gather
here every day to spend their evenings in the town's cozy restaurants,
bars and comfortable hotels, after long days exploring the surrounding
area. The city is well equipped to welcome tourists, with most of entertainment
found on the main street, Mitre. Don't forget to stop in some of the street's
many chocolate shops, as this is one of Bariloche's excellent treasures.
The real reason to travel
to Bariloche is of course the beautiful landscapes that surround the city
where adventure awaits the audacious traveler.
| Start off with a stroll
in Llao Llao, the area following the lake shore, and one of the most beautiful
in the region, providing for absolutely superb views of Lake Nahuel Huapi.
The most famous route for hiking and trekking around Bariloche, known as
the Circuito Chico, will take you to this area. Free maps are available
at the tourist information office but you can also enjoy a guided walk
with expert guides that will tell you about the region's history and wildlife
as you hike. The circuit is generally made by car with stops to hike, but
you can also cycle. For views of the entire region, take the lift up Cerro
Campanario, which goes up to 1,049 meters, from where you can enjoy the
breathtaking scenery, encompassing the lake, mountains, as well as the
San Pedro peninsula below.
Bariloche is also known
to be Argentina's ski capital, with an excellent, modern and fully equipped
ski resort on the nearby Cerro Catedral. Located at 2,338 meters, about
21 kilometers from San Carlos de Bariloche, this resort boasts great infrastructure,
with well-cared for slopes of various difficulty levels. The mountain can
also be visited in the summer times with great opportunities for hiking.
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|About the Author: This guide
to visiting Bariloche was written by an Argentina travel expert at Argentina
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