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TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

We recommend a list of "captive" to travel the city of Bariloche, its landscapes and its charms in full nature!.

 

CIRCUITO CHICO

Duration: Half day

Circuito Chico is a scenic route along which you will enjoy both the scenery and the flavours. There are beautiful views all the way, which you can stop to admire at several points and natural lookouts such as Bahía López (López Bay) and Punto Panorámico (Panoramic Point). A chairlift at Km. 17 carries you up to the top of Mount Campanario with its wonderful bird's-eye view of the area. Several teahouses and restaurants offer delicious meals and snacks to add flavour to the tour.

Hotel Llao Llao, San Eduardo Chapel and the harbour called Puerto Pañuelo are special attractions, as well as the traditional Colonia Suiza village.

In addition to the scenery, Circuito Chico has more to offer: you can buy knitted goods, candles and a variety of other handcrafts. You can also take a peaceful walk through the woods along easy footpaths in the Llao Llao Municipal Park.

CERRO CATEDRAL

Duration: Half day

Catedral is the largest Ski Centre in the Southern Hemisphere, offering a wide range of winter sports facilities and fantastic scenery. There are various ski lifts and cable cars, open all year round. Hotels, restaurants and a variety of shops will satisfy the tastes and needs of the large number of skiers and tourists who visit the area each year. In summer, you can take part in different outdoor activities to fully enjoy the natural surroundings on the wooded slopes of Mount Catedral.

CIRCUITO GRANDE

Duration: Full day

Drive out of Bariloche alongside River Limay to Anfiteatro, a natural amphitheater-shaped formation that looks like a large Roman circus, and a few kilometers further on, Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley), with its strange rocky figures.

Then take the turnoff to the west through a transition area between the steppe and the moist forest, along Rivers Cuyin Manzano, Traful and Minero, uphill to the Lake Traful and its scenic lookout on a rocky cliff over 70 meters high, admiring a breathtaking panoramic view.

Along the winding road to the lake, you get to the picturesque little village Villa Traful, renowned for the salmon fishing and camping areas that surround it.
Further on, get to Puerto Arrayán, and after El Portezuelo, take the Seven Lakes road to visit beautiful Villa La Angostura, and then back to Bariloche as the final destination of this very complete tour.

CERRO TRONADOR

Duration: Full day

Drive south out of Bariloche along Route 40, following the shoreline of lakes Gutiérrez and Mascardi. After 35 km., turn off west along an unpaved road towards the bridge over Manso River. Follow the road to the foot of Mount Tronador, across Pampa Linda to the lookout at the Manso River glacier, better known as Ventisquero Negro (Black glacier)

Los Alerces Cascade is another option on this tour. At Manso River bridge, follow the road skirting Lake Los Moscos all the way to Lake Hess. A few meters further on, the road comes to an end and a footpath leads 300 metres to Los Alerces Cascade

SAN MARTÍN DE LOS ANDES

Duration: Full day

Drive north out of Bariloche along Route 237, following the shoreline of Lake Nahuel Huapi to Villa La Angostura.
Then drive on through forests along the "Ruta de los Siete Lagos" (Seven Lakes Route), past Lakes Espejo, Correntoso, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner and Machónico, to Lake Lácar and the town of San Martín de los Andes standing on its shore.

Visit the Chapelco tourist complex, Quila Quina and Catitre beaches, and the Arrayanes drive, affording a beautiful view of the city and lake.
Return by driving past Lake Meliquina, through Paso Córdova, following Traful River till it flows into Limay River in Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley).

VILLA LA ANGOSTURA

Duration: Full day or Half day

Drive along Route 237 till you cross the Limay River as it flows though the steppe. Take the turning to Villa La Angostura, and drive past Brazo Huemul and Bahía Manzano, where ciprés forests gradually give way to moist forest. In Villa La Angostura, located on the north shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi, visit the port, El Messidor, Selva Triste Pond and La Asunción Chapel. On your way back to Bariloche you may drove up to Mount Bayo, the local ski centre.

EL BOLSON

Duration: Full day

Drive south out of Bariloche along Route 40 for 129 Km. to El Bolsón. The road is paved all the way, following the shoreline of Lakes Gutiérrez, Mascardi and Guillelmo, crossing Villegas and Foyel Rivers and finally, just before reaching the town, Quemquemtreu River. There is a handcraft fair in the town offering a wide range of local products. Farms just outside the town produce berries and jam. El Bolsón is famous for its homemade cheese and beer. Cabeza de Indio and the Azul River lookout afford one of the most beautiful views in the area. From El Bolsón, you can visit the Lago Puelo National Park and El Maitén station, the starting point for "La Trochita", an ancient narrow-gauge steam engine (also known as the "old Patagonian express").

ISLA VICTORIA Y BOSQUE DE ARRAYANES

Duration: Full day or Half day

The tour begins at Puerto Pañuelo, the harbour located 25 km. out of town, opposite Hotel Llao Llao. You can get there by bus or drive your own car. The boat sails over Lake Nahuel Huapi for 30 minutes to Puerto Anchorena at the island's narrow central area. 
A comfortable chairlift carries you up to the top of Cerro Bella Vista, from which there is a panoramic view of Bahía Anchorena, and further away, the entire Llao Llao and Puerto Pañuelo area.

Alternatively, walk to Puerto Gross or visit the cave paintings and Playa del Toro. Back on the boat, you will sail to the Arrayanes forest, located on Peninsula Quetrihué. A 600-meter path leads through the forest, a pure stand of magnificent arrayán trees, considered unique in the world.

PUERTO BLEST Y CASCADA DE LOS CANTAROS

Duration: Full day 

Set sail from Puerto Pañuelo to the Blest arm of Lake Nahuel Huapi. On the way, the boat passes Centinela Island, where Fransisco P. Moreno, creator of Argentine National Parks, is buried. An hour later, the boat reaches Puerto Cántaros. A footpath leads through the Valdivian Jungle and climbs up to Lake Los Cántaros, whose waters feed the cascade. Several lookouts along the path offer vantage points from which to admire the beauty of the falls. Then the boat crosses to the opposite shore, across the bay, and passengers disembark for lunch at Puerto Blest. A bus drives 3 Km. to Puerto Alegre and passengers take a boat across Lake Frías to Puerto Frías. (An optional tour, which can be booked in advance, continues to Peulla, on the shore of Lake Todos los Santos, in Chile.)

CRUCE INTERNACIONAL DE LOS LAGOS

Duration: One or two days

The journey begins with a boat trip to Puerto Blest, followed by a 3-km. bus ride to Puerto Alegre. Another boat takes you across Lake Frías to Puerto Frías, where the migration paperwork and Argentine customs formalities are carried out. Back on a bus, you drive across the Andes mountain range through luxuriant vegetation to Peulla, the first Chilean town, where the paperwork for migration and Chilean customs is completed before lunch. After this, sail across Lake Todos Los Santos to Petrohué, where you will visit the Petrohué falls in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. After that, follow the shoreline of Lake Llanquihue to Puerto Varas, where the tour ends. Alternatively, end the tour in Puerto Montt.

TREKKING

Duración: Full or Half Day

A trek though an area of botanical or historical interest, or a climb up to a glacier to spend a day in the snow and high mountain trails, are some of the options available to tourists seeking a unique experience in extraordinarily beautiful natural surroundings. In winter, some of the trails can be done using snowshoes.

Treks may take longer than one day, in which case the logistics must be organised, and the trekker will be able to discover a variety of valleys, ridges and perhaps even a mountain peak. The best way to really get to know, love and respect the area is to go out in the company of a knowledgeable local guide.

Mountain shelters are an attraction in themselves. There are trails connecting them, leading through a variety of geographical surroundings. The shelters are located in unique spots, which were selected by the pioneers of Andean mountaineering. They offer basic facilities including shared sleeping quarters, cooking facilities, dining room and toilets. Many a friendship began at a mountain shelter and lasted a lifetime. There are now seven mountain shelters near Bariloche, each with its own distinctive features and varying degree of difficulty to get to.

RAFTING

Duración: Full or Half Day

Rafting involves running mountain rivers in an inflatable raft. All rafting excursions take place in beautiful surroundings. Rivers vary in difficulty from Class I, which is the easiest to Class VI, which is unrunnable for rafts.

Rafts usually hold 10 people plus the rafting guide, who knows the area and imparts instructions.


Places for rafting: 
-Manso Inferior River (clase II-III) Duration: Full day
-Manso a la Frontera River (clase III - IV) Duration: Full day

KAYAKING

Of all river sports, this is perhaps the most challenging, as you face all the different river obstacles alone. Newcomers can learn the basic manoeuvres in a few lessons. Kayaks are highly versatile and can be used to run all kinds of rivers, ranging from smooth-flowing waters to wild torrents.

Whether you use a single or a double kayak, it is easy to manoeuvre and highly stable. No previous experience is needed for kayak expeditions, which are done on all the Nahuel Huapi National Park lakes as well as the Limay, Manso and Negro Rivers.

HORSEBACK RIDINGS

Duración: Full or Half Day

There are various horseback riding options. You can ride across the steppe at an estancia, where you might come across hares, wild boar or deer, returning to enjoy the typical tasty asado criollo and share anecdotes about the ride. Another alternative is to ride along mountain trails, discovering lakes and rivers till you reach one of the mountain shelters, specially designed to rest at. The horses have been trained to negotiate all kinds of terrain, and rides are led by local guides.

MOUNTAIN BIKE 

Anyone can go mountain biking in Bariloche, where the variety of terrains will please everyone, from beginners to experts.
Places for mountain biking: - Lake Gutiérrez - Mount Catedral - Mount Otto 

CANOPY

Duration: Full or Half Day

Canopy is basically a ride through the top of the trees using fantastic tirolesas, hanging bridges and rappel.
Small groups, always accompanied by qualified instructors who teach the basic techniques of sliding and safety. The safety equipment includes: helmet, professional mountain pelvic harness, carabineers, and tape for anchorage, roldana slider and leather gloves.

Canopy is an eco tourist activity, of low impact on the environment that gives tourists a close approach to observe the biodiversity of our Andean-Patagonian forest.

PARAGLIDING 

Take off in a paraglider from a considerable height on a tandem flight with an instructor or specialised pilot. The changeable weather in the area poses a challenge to paragliders. Paragliding is appropriate for all ages and can be done all year round.


FISHING

The Nahuel Huapi National Park has many lakes and rivers which are easy to access and offer a particularly favourable environment for species of interest to sport fishing.

One of the most common species, the rainbow trout, is found upstream and downstream from rapids, usually in clear, fast-flowing waters. The brown trout inhabits almost all the rivers and lakes in the area. Brook trout, creole trout or perca, and landlocked salmon are also worth a day's angling, using spinning, fly casting and trolling techniques.

Some of the most popular fishing destinations are Lake Nahuel Huapi and its system of streams and rivers; the outlet into Limay River, where rainbow and brown trout abound; and the Manso and Traful River systems, known as the best sites in the area for salmon fishing. The fishing season begins in November and closes in April. Fishing is open all year round in Lake Moreno.