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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: Cerro Catedral Ski Passes, Equipment, & Transfers

2. 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.

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: 7 Lakes & San Martin de Los Andes Road Trip

4. 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: 1-Way or Round-Trip BRC Airport Transfer

5. 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.

Cerro Tronador

6. 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.

Circuito Chico

7. 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: Full-Day El Bolsón and Puelo Lake Tour

8. Bariloche: Full-Day El Bolsón and Puelo Lake Tour

Head south from Bariloche on a magnificent journey to the town of El Bolsón. Pass by the Gutierrez and Mascardi lakes, then through the wilderness of Pampa del Toro and La Veranda, where you can take in views of the mighty Ñirihuau and Aspero mountain ranges. Cruise down a sinuous road through Cañadón de la Mosca. A few minutes later, arrive at the small village of Villegas River. Cross the Foyel River, the Quemquemtreu River, and arrive in El Bolsón, a tiny town nestled in a picturesque area at the foot of the Cerro Piltriquitron Mountain. At the local fair in the central square, discover amazing craftwork — proof that the local artisans have achieved an undeniable level of skill in working with wood, clay, metals, stones, dried flowers, among many other materials.  The market is famous throughout Patagonia and consists of more than 230 stands, where you can find wool, knives, preserves, pottery, and more. Spend the rest of your trip touring the ranches that produce fine fruit, jams, and organic processes, and/or visiting the Puelo Lake National Park. Head back to Bariloche after a relaxing day in the countryside.

Bariloche: 4-Hour Cerro Catedral Base Tour

9. 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

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 347 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!

The tour was very good, I thought that we would not go down to the bayo hill for so long and it was a pleasant surprise not only to arrive but to be there for a good time, and well the visit to Villa la Angostura is a must if you visit Bariloche, it is worth it!

The guide was amazing! We had a setback getting to our meeting point and the company communicated with us and waited for us! The guide was fun, informative and very friendly! We had so much fun!!

friendly and careful driver. Good price, but you need to book through the platform in advance. At the last minute the price is much more expensive.

it was really worth it, beautiful places, Damián is an excellent guide!