Bariloche, Argentina
The perfect 7 days itinerary

Bariloche, officially known as San Carlos de Bariloche, is a stunning city in the heart of Argentina's Patagonia region. Nestled in the Andes mountains beside the glacial Lake Nahuel Huapi, it's renowned for its Swiss alpine-style architecture and its chocolate shops. Bariloche serves as a hub for hiking and skiing, particularly around the nearby Cerro Catedral, a major South American ski resort. The region is also famous for its breathtaking natural landscapes, making it a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

What to do in Bariloche?

This 7 days itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to see in Bariloche. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Arrival and Exploring Downtown Bariloche

Morning:

Arrive in Bariloche and settle into your hotel. Start your exploration with a visit to the Centro Civico, a picturesque square surrounded by buildings made of stone and wood, reflecting the city's alpine heritage. Visit the Museo de la Patagonia to learn about the region's history and culture.

Afternoon:

Stroll along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, enjoying the panoramic views and fresh mountain air. Visit some local chocolate shops to taste Bariloche's famous chocolates.

Evening:

Dine at a local restaurant, trying specialties such as trout or wild boar, paired with Argentine Malbec wine.


Day 2: Adventure in Cerro Catedral

Morning:

Head to Cerro Catedral, one of South America's most famous ski resorts. Depending on the season, you can ski, snowboard, or enjoy hiking trails with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

Afternoon:

Continue exploring the mountain, perhaps taking a chairlift to a higher viewpoint. Enjoy lunch at a mountain refuge.

Evening:

Return to Bariloche and relax for the evening, perhaps enjoying a hot chocolate in town.


Day 3: Day Trip to Isla Victoria and the Arrayanes Forest

Morning:

Take a boat trip from Puerto Pañuelo to Isla Victoria, an island in the middle of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Explore the island's trails, and enjoy the diverse flora and fauna.

Afternoon:

Visit the Arrayanes Forest, known for its rare and beautiful cinnamon-colored myrtle trees. The forest inspired the landscapes of the Disney movie 'Bambi'.

Evening:

Return to Bariloche and spend your evening at leisure, perhaps exploring more local cuisine.


Day 4: Explore the Surrounding Lakes

Morning:

Drive along the Circuito Chico, a scenic route that offers stunning views of lakes, mountains, and forests. Stop at Punto Panoramico for breathtaking views of the region.

Afternoon:

Visit Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, an iconic hotel known for its stunning architecture and beautiful location. Enjoy a round of golf or a spa treatment.

Evening:

Have dinner at a restaurant near the hotel, enjoying views of the sunset over the lakes.


Day 5: Hiking Day at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

Morning:

Spend the day hiking in Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, exploring its diverse ecosystems, which include lakes, forests, and mountains. Choose a trail that matches your fitness level, such as the trail to Refugio Frey if you're looking for a challenge.

Afternoon:

Continue your hike or relax by one of the park's many lakes, enjoying the natural beauty and tranquility.

Evening:

Return to Bariloche and enjoy a well-deserved rest, perhaps with a casual dinner downtown.


Day 6: Leisure Day and Cultural Experiences

Morning:

Enjoy a leisurely morning. Visit the local markets to shop for handicrafts and regional products. Attend a workshop to learn about the indigenous Mapuche culture, including their history, crafts, and culinary traditions.

Afternoon:

Continue exploring the cultural offerings of Bariloche. Visit a local brewery to taste some of the craft beers that are part of the region's burgeoning beer culture.

Evening:

Enjoy your last night in Bariloche by dining at one of the top restaurants in the city, reflecting on the adventures of the past days.


Day 7: Departure

Morning:

Pack your bags and check out of your hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, you might have time for one last stroll around the city or a quick visit to a café for a final taste of Argentine coffee.

Afternoon:

Head to the airport for your departure, taking with you memories of a lifetime from the beautiful landscapes and rich culture of Bariloche.


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