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10 Things To Do in Bariloche, Argentina

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Our trip to Bariloche, Argentina was the fourth destination we traveled to on our first Around the World Journey (after Montevideo and Punta del Diablo Uruguay and Buenos Aires). We spent two weeks there in the month of May – which was too early for the ski season, but a fantastic time for hiking in Bariloche (and some say the best time to visit Bariloche). During our time in the charming lakeside town, we found plenty of things to do in Bariloche!


What To Do in Bariloche, Argentina

View from Cerro Campanario in Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina is located in the Argentina Lakes District and is surrounded by Nahuel Huapi National Park (Parque Nacional Nahuel). This region of Patagonia boasts stunning nature and city sights to satisfy an array of interests.


10 Best Things To Do in Bariloche, Argentina

Llao Llao Park in Bariloche, Argentina, JetSettingFools.com

Whether you have one day in Bariloche, Argentina or an entire week to explore, you can use our travel tips to plan your vacation.

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#1 Cerro Campanario, Bariloche

Cerro Campanario viewpoint in Bariloche, Argentina, JetSettingFools.com

Going to the top of Cerro Campanario should be at the top of every Bariloche Things To Do list. The mountain sits at 1,049 meters and can be accessed via a chairlift or by hiking up a short trail. Either way you choose, at the summit of Cerro Campanario are several platforms that offer 360-degree views of the surrounding mountain peaks and Rio Negro Province of Patagonia.

{Read more about our hike on Cerro Campanario}


#2 Playa Bonita, Bariloche

Playa Bonita in Bariloche, Argentina, JetSettingFools.com

Playa Bonita – or Beautiful Beach – is just a short bus ride (8km) west of the Bariloche city center. The pebbly beach is on the southern shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi (the main Bariloche lake) – and is one of the top places to visit in Bariloche during the summer. As we were there in the autumn when the weather was brisk, we had the beach to ourselves to enjoy the stunning scenery.


#3 Colonia Suiza, Bariloche

Colonia Suiza in Bariloche, Argentina, JetSettingFools.com

Colonia Suiza is a small village that was settled in the year 1895 by families from Switzerland and Germany…and some of the original families still occupy the land. Visiting Colonia Suiza is one of the fun things to do in Bariloche to experience the local culture and cuisine. The village hosts a craft fair, complete with a traditional feast cooked underground, twice a week (Sundays and Wednesdays – so make sure to add it to your Bariloche itinerary!).

{Read more about our day trip to Colonia Suiza}


#4 Llao Llao Park Bariloche

Amazing Viewpoint Beach at Villa Tacul, Bariloche, Argentina

Llao Llao Park is the place to go for hiking in Bariloche. The park has three main trails that lead to seven amazing viewpoints (which resulted in some of our best Bariloche photos!). The Bariloche hiking trails at Llao Llao Park ranged from easy to moderate. Spend some time on the trails at Llao Llao Park – and, if you are a novice hiker, consider joining a guide to lead you on a Bariloche, Argentina hiking trip at Llao LLao Park. 

{Read more about our day of hiking Llao Llao Park}


#5 Cerro Catedral, Argentina

Cerro Catedral cable car in Bariloche, Argentina, JetSettingFools.com

Skiing in Bariloche is a popular wintertime activity (and a main force in Bariloche tourism) – and Cerro Catedral is the most popular Bariloche ski resort. Although our visit was in the fall, we ventured to Cerro Catedral to see the village and surrounding mountains. Only one gondola and a few restaurants were open, but the views of the Bariloche mountains were stunning.

Top Tip: The popular 8-hour Refugio Frey hike begins at Cerro Catedral.


#6 Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche

Catedral San Carlos Bariloche, Argentina

Near the center of the city is the hard-to-miss Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche. The church sits close to the shoreline of the lake on a slight hill and the tall steeple rises into the sky. The cathedral is dedicated to the Patron Saint of the city, Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi, and features a rustic, natural interior. Visiting the church should be a part of any Bariloche trip.


#7 Patagonia Museum in Bariloche

Patagonia Museum in Bariloche JetSetting Fools

The Patagonia Museum is one of the few Bariloche tourist attractions that isn’t outdoors, which makes a visit to the museum an ideal option of what to do in Bariloche when it rains. Located in the heart of the city next to the Centro Civico building, the Patagonia Museum features both the natural history of the region and South America, as well as the cultural history.


#8 Gruta Virgin de las Nieves, Bariloche

Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche, Argentina, JetSettingFools.com

Visiting the Gruta Virgin de las Nieves might not make many Bariloche to-do lists, but we were glad we made the stop on the way from Cerro Catedral back to Bariloche. The small cave is dedicated the Virgin of the Snow. A staircase leads to a statue of the Virgin Mary where hundreds of plaques have been bolted to the rocks giving thanks for answered prayers.


#9 City Tour Bariloche

Steeple in the water in Bariloche, Argentina JetSettingFools.com

One of the best things to do in Bariloche, Argentina is sightseeing. Set out on foot and tour Bariloche on a walk around town. While there are many interesting Bariloche attractions, these are the ones not to miss!

  • Steeple in the Water: An exact replica of the Bariloche Cathedral steeple sits in the water, just off shore from the church. 
  • Chemamules: Carved wooden statues stand on the banks of Lago Nahuel Huapi…all facing the same direction. 
  • Chocolate: Chocolate shops are everywhere! Many of the shops are found on the main street – but smaller shops are located on side streets. 


#10 Bariloche Craft Beer

Things to do in Bariloche Argentina

We had no idea that the city was home to so many small craft breweries, but sampling the brews became one of our favorite Bariloche things to do. Most of the Bariloche craft beer, called cerveza artesanal, is produced on a small scale using fresh, natural and local ingredients (most importantly the mountain water) and is available in the brewpub from which it’s named. We made an “Ale Trail” around town over the course of our stay to sample the great variety of beers. Although we preferred visiting during happy hour, these fun little bars would be a great way to experience Bariloche nightlife.

{Read more about our favorite Bariloche craft beers}


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Our Top Tips For Your Trip to Bariloche, Argentina

Before you travel to Bariloche, we have a few more tips for your trip to Argentina! 


Getting to Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche can be reached by plane, bus, boat or car.

The Bariloche Airport (also called the San Carlos de Bariloche Airport or the Teniente Luis Candelaria Airport – Code: BRC) is the international airport that services the Patagonia Lakes Region. We flew in from Buenos Aires and you can search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner orFlight Hub

How to get to Bariloche from the airport? Take a taxi or book a shared transfer ahead of time. 

The main bus station (Terminal de Omnibus Bariloche) is inconveniently located 3.5km east of town (12 de Octubre 2400, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina).

A scenic tourist boat can be used to travel between Bariloche and Puerto Varas. While the scenery is spectacular and considered one of the top things to do in Bariloche, it is an expensive way to travel.

Budget Tip: Take the bus to Puerto Varas, Chile and enjoy the scenic ride through the mountains.


Where To Stay in Bariloche, Argentina

Llao-Llao Hotel

During our visit to Bariloche, we stayed in an Airbnb Apartment. (Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!) We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space. Bariloche holiday apartments can also be searched on FlipKey (which is part of TripAdvisor) or on VRBO – Vacation Rentals By Owner

However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many San Carlos Bariloche Hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center. Start your search on Booking.com – or check to see if there are rooms available in the city center at the highly-rated Hotel Tres Reyes or Design Suites Bariloche

If you don’t want to stay in the city, check out the prestigious Llao Llao Resort. Originally built in 1938, the Llao Llao Hotel burnt to the ground within a year, but was rebuilt and reopened in 1940. It was practically left to squatters in the late 70s and it wasn’t until the mid-90s that it finally became the highly awarded hotel it is today. The pristine golf course, crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountain peaks certainly aid in making the Llao-Llao Hotel the remarkable place that it is. Budget travelers can search for Bariloche Hostels – like Periko’s Youth Hostel or Hostel Los Troncos


Bariloche Tips and Tours

Like many Argentina tourist attractions, most activities are outdoors – and there are many organized tours to help you plan your time so you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful nature. 

  • If you plan on trekking in Bariloche, there are a range of hiking tours you can join. The day trips for trekking Bariloche navigate into some of the most scenic parts of the region.
  • If you are heading to Bariloche in winter and it’s a Bariloche ski vacation you are looking for, there are multi-day ski packages that include skiing and accommodations. Beginner skiers can start the trip with a ski lesson
  • If you are interested in typical Bariloche food and regional cuisine, follow your guide to a local family’s house for a traditional meal

Looking for other activities? Find other tours and things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche on Viator


Bariloche, Argentina Weather

When you visit Bariloche, check the weather to make sure you pack appropriate clothing and gear. Take a look at our Packing ListThere are some things to do in Bariloche, Argentina during inclement weather, but our favorite activities were outdoors…so make sure you are prepared for all types of weather. 


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