The well-maintained paths at the Parque Municipal Llao-Llao in Bariloche, Argentina lead to incredible vistas set within their natural landscapes. The park is about an hour away from town (by an inexpensive bus ticket of about $1) and entrance to the park is free to visitors.
On the last forecasted sunny day of our stay in Bariloche, we wanted to be on the trails at Parque Municipal Llao-Llao. With only a map from the Bariloche TI office, which provided a rough outline of the three main trails, and a few vague tips from our internet research (with hints like, “look for the ‘Green Jesus’ as the trailhead marker”) we determined our route and set off for a full day of exploration.
It was immediately clear that a
better actual trail map of Parque Municipal Llao-Llao would have done a world of good. First, our map was lacking distance and elevation markers. Second (and probably more important), our map had the key ‘Cerro Llao-Llao’ tagged on the wrong trail, which – of course – we didn’t figure out until we were accidentally on it.
All that aside, we practically had the entire park to ourselves. Despite not having a good map, we found our way along the three trails taking us through the Bosque de Arrayanes, bamboo and evergreens and to seven stunning panoramic lookout points.
Each view was more captivating than the previous, with panoramas so clear and intense it was as if we were looking at a picture. The light breeze, the birds in the sky and one, lone boat on the water brought us back to the reality that we were actually sitting in these untouched, natural surroundings. We easily could have spent hours at just one outlook, but the falling sun was keeping us on the move.
It took us about 6 hours to complete our loop at Parque Municipal Llao-Llao and – if the weather forecast gives us another sunny day – it’s a place where we will return.
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