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Visiting Bariloche in Argentina Lake District

Visiting 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.

Cerro Catedral and Lago Toncek, Nahuel Huapi National Park, Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
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The real reason to travel to Bariloche is of course the beautiful landscapes that surround the city where adventure awaits the audacious traveler.
Cerro Catedral and Lago Toncek, Nahuel Huapi National Park, Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
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 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 For Less available to help you customize your - Argentina vacations.