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San Carlos de Bariloche

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Bariloche is in the Río Negro Province, near the Nahuel Huapi National Park in Argentina.


San Carlos de Bariloche is a city in the province of Río Negro, Argentina, situated on the foothills of the Andes, surrounded by lakes (Nahuel Huapi, Gutiérrez Lake, Moreno Lake and Mascardi Lake) and mountains (Tronador, Cerro Catedral, Cerro López). It is famous for skiing but also great for sight-seeing, water sports, trekking and climbing. Another claim to fame is its Swiss-like atmosphere and its chocolate boutiques and breweries. Look for the St. Bernard dogs on display for tourists.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport (IATA: BRC)

  • Aerolineas Argentinas [25] flies from Buenos Aires, from Mendoza and from Calafate, Cordoba
  • LAN Argentina [26] flies from Buenos Aires.
  • Flybondi [27] flies from Buenos Aires at low cost rates.

Only handful of airlines fly into Bariloche so fares could get very high if you try to book a ticket closer to your travel date. i.e. book well in advance.

This is a very quiet airport so bring sufficient cash (preferably AR$s or US$s) with you as you may not be able to get money from an ATM or change at the airport.

A taxi into town from the counter in the arrivals hall would set you back AR$ 120 (Feb 2014) however, you may be able to share a cab with another party and pay AR$ 60 each, especially during busy times.

There's a van (desk is at the left after exiting the gate) that take passengers to any hotel in the city for AR$ 150 (July 2018).

At the belt for luggage recovering there is a screen with the following cost: taxi 500 AR$, aerojet 550 (this is a boot just after luggage control)

Mini buses run very infrequently or not at all, depending on the day but are not legally registered, so it's better to get public transportaton or book ahead with a registered travel agency to pick you up.

Public bus no 72 to town runs at 0710, 0910, 1110, 1310, 1510, 1610, 1810 and 2210 and cost about AR$ 12 (Nov 2015). It is not possible to pay with cash, only with special card that is not available for sale at the airport. Try asking someone local taking the bus to pay for you with their card in exchange for the cash.

By car[edit]

To go by car to Bariloche from Buenos Aires takes about 22 hours. One of the best alternatives is to go to Neuquen on the first day (a distance of about 1200 km) and then to continue the second day driving about 450 kilometers.

There is more than one route to get to Bariloche by car from Buenos Aires:

  • Short route: Take “Ruta Nacional Nº 5”, then take “Ruta Provincial Nº 1” nearby Lonquimay. Then, take “Ruta Provincial Nº 18” nearby “Macachin”. Take “Ruta Nacional Nº 35” south for 22 km, and then turn right and follow “Ruta Nacional Nº 152” through General Acha and until the “Casa de Piedra” where the route name changes to “ruta provincial Nº 6”. You must follow this until the intersection with “Ruta Nacional Nº 22”, where you must turn right again through Cipolletti – Neuquen. These big cities are connected by a bridge with an Ar $0.65 toll. Follow through the "million" traffic lights until you exit the city. Approximately 32 km later, stop in Arroyito and sleep deeply. Continue driving South using “Ruta Nacional Nº 237”, which will lead you to Bariloche.
  • Long route: take “Ruta Nacional Nº 3” South. Rest in Azul for 15 minutes, follow South until Bahia Blanca, rest for some time. Follow South; take “Ruta Nacional Nº 22”, set the air conditioner on and turn on your CD player; don’t travel too slowly, or you might fall asleep! Rest in Choele Choel. Drive through lots of tiny cities and through Cipolletti – Neuquen, big cities which are connected by a bridge with an A$R0.65 toll. Follow through the million traffic lights until you exit the city. Approximately 32 km later, stop in Arroyito and sleep deeply. Continue driving South using “Ruta Nacional Nº 237”, which will lead you to Bariloche.

By bus[edit]

By bus you can choose between different companies, such as "Via Bariloche", "El Crucero del Norte", "Andesmar", etc. The first 2 companies offer different services, where the main variable is comfort and price. You can take "super cama", which has wide and large seats. "Cama" has wide seats. "Semi-cama" has the normal distribution of 4 seats per row. "Supercama" and "cama" take as long as 19 hours (summer); "semi-cama" makes several stops and takes as long as 22 hours (summer). There are also direct buses to and from Chile (6 to 8 hours ride).

The long distance buses will have the AC on all the time in the summer so it could get chilly on-board. Unlike on a plane, you won’t get a blanket (unless you are travelling cama or super cama) so take a jumper and a pair of socks!

The services will include one or two basic (non vegetarian) meals depending on the duration of the journey and fizzy drinks (not the diet / light variety) with meals plus coffee (available at all times). Some cama and super cama main meals come with wine. However, it’s best to stock up with snacks, sandwiches and drinks before you get on a bus.

The Bus Terminal in Bariloche is about 3km / 2mi from the main city area and a taxi there would cost around AR$ 25 (city center: around AR$ 40 in metered cab).

Different routes to get to Bariloche by Bus from Buenos Aires are:

• The express buses by Via Bariloche & El Valle buses form Buenos Aires Retio to Bariloche departs at 1330 (semi cama & cama), 1400 (cama), 1440 (cama), 1500 (cama & super cama), 1530 (semi cama & cama), 1920 (cama), 1930 (cama) and 2000 (cama & semi cama) and take just over 23 hours plus any delays. Costs are AR$ 868 for semi cama, AR$ 989 for cama and AR$ 1,145 for super cama (as of Jan 2013).

• Non Stop: “Ruta Nacional Nº 5” – “Ruta Provincial Nº 1” (la Pampa) – “Ruta Provincial Nº 18” (la Pampa) – “Ruta Nacional Nº 35” – “Ruta Nacional Nº 152” – “Ruta Provincial Nº 6” (Río Negro) - “Ruta Nacional Nº 22” – NEUQUEN – “Ruta Nacional Nº 22” - “Ruta Nacional Nº 237”.

• Stopping: “Ruta Nacional Nº 3” - “Ruta Nacional Nº 22” – NEUQUEN - “Ruta Nacional Nº 22” - “Ruta Nacional Nº 237”. • • There are also buses to and from El Bolson (2 hr and 15 mins), Puelo (2 hr 45 min) and Esquel (5 hrs) and La Plata (21 hrs).

Buses from Osorno, Chile:

• There are Buses leave Osorno at 0730, arriving at 1215 and 1400, getting to Bariloche by 2115. The cost of a semi cama seat is AR$ 140 [Jan 2013 price and possibly summer timetable].

By Train[edit]

There is a train from Viedma (via San Antonio, Valcheta, Sierra Colorada, Los Menhucos, Maquinchao, Jacobacci, Cte. Onneli, Comallo and Pilcaniye). It leaves Viedma only on a Friday at 18:00; just one train a week! Journey time is 19 hours. The train service is operated by the Tren Patagonico company[28].

By boat[edit]

You can arrive or depart Bariloche by taking a series of ferries that wind through several lakes and connect by short bus rides from the Pacific at Puerto Montt, Chile. It's a one day trip unless you opt to stay overnight at Hotel Peulla near the pass.

Get around[edit]

Excellent public bus service. Download "MiBus Bariloche" for information about bus lines, stops and times.

All public busses require a 'SUBA' transit card which may be purchased from most corner shops (look for "SUBE" sign). You will also need to load money onto it. The busses do not accept cash or credit/debit cards. It's possible to ask others to pay with their card in exchange of cash (easier if you speak Spanish)

From downtown Bariloche to Llao Llao is Ar$35 (December 2019).

The number 10 bus goes to Llao Llao and around the lake. It only runs 6 or 7 times a day. The number 20 bus goes every 20 minutes to the begining of the lake loop and back but not around the loop. Both the number 10 and number 20 can be caught from opposite the 'parque nacional' office on San Martin road.


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Civic Centre
Civic Centre and port on Lake Nahuel Huapi
  • Museum of Patagonia - On the main plaza near the Tourist Info center. "Stuffed" native wildlife, pictures, and a great section covering the indigenous pre-Hispanic inhabitants of the region.
  • Neo-Gothic Cathedral
  • The Bariloche Civic Centre

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Circuito Chico near Bariloche
View of the Nahuel Huapi National Park landscape surrounding Bariloche
  • Catedral Alta Patagonia [29] - It is the biggest ski centre in South America, with a skiable area of 2 km² (0.77 sq mi), over 100 km (62 miles) of ski runs, and a lift capacity of 22,200 skiers per hour. It is located 12 miles from Bariloche. If you enjoy hiking, there is trail to the Frey refugio which takes about 6.5 hours (4 up, 2.5 down). Look for the trail head in the far corner of the parking lot.
  • Cerro Campanario: beautiful view of the lakes and mountains around - hike it (30 min, departs near the bottom of the lift) or take the ski-lift ($120 pesos). Get in with bus #20, 21, 10 from the center and get off at km 17,8. After the Campanario you can go on with the Circuito Chico during the same day.
  • Cerro Catedral/Refugio Frey is considered by many as the best 1-2 days trekking in Bariloche. When it's cold enough you can skate in the lake near the refuge. When there's not too much snow you can climb the granite "agujas" (needles) near the refuge which have ways for all levels, or head to Lago Jakob. There are two ways to get in and out: the main one is from Villa Catedral (only one bus every 1h30), another (a bit longer) one starts from Los Cohiues and goes along the Gutierrez lake (bus #50).
  • Cerro López - Take the #10 bus to get there and back. In late spring/summer/early autumn there's a trekking trail to the mountain shelter (not as easy as Otto's). It takes about 3 hours to get there and can be quite tiring, but the views from the shelter are impressive. Be sure to bring along water and some fruit to keep your energy. Colonia Suiza, a swiss-like borough, is nearby.
  • Cerro Otto [30] - Viewpoint over the area of Bariloche. Transport there includes in the price of the cable car which cost $230 pesos both ways (bus+cable car) or less one way while the other way you can hike or take a mountain bike(9 KM from the city, about 2.5 hours when hiking down). The rotating restaurant at the top has some impressive vistas of the region and there are some nice hiking trails behind the restaurant.
  • Cerro Tronador, visit the black glacier (ventisquero negro), see the Cerro Tronador and a waterfall over an overhanging cliff named Saltillo de las Nalcas, near the village of Pampa Linda. The journey takes about two hours, and costs Ar$ 400 return or Ar$ 200 one-way (Transitando lo Natural, 20 de Febrero 300, Bariloche). There is an additional entrance fee to the national park of Ar$ 120 (foreigners). With this bus, you have to hike the last 7 km to the glacier, which is a beautiful experience as there is a hiking trail and the road shows amazing landscape. Some tourist buses take you right to the sights. Near the lookout there is confectionery, which sells overpriced food although location is remote and the place astonishing.
  • Circuito Chico - This beautiful 60 km route can be biked or hiked. You can also do it by bus during summer (line 10). If you hike it, take bus 20 towards Llao Llao till "El Muelle". From the last stop of the bus 20 you can take a pedestrian trail inside the Municipal Park Llao Llao which is free. You can easily reach some interesting points like the beautiful Lago Escondido where you can swim as the water is a bit warmer than the main lake.
  • Los Siete Lagos[31] (the seven lakes: Correntoso, Espejo, Falkner, Hermoso, Lácar, Nahuel Huapí, Traful) - all-day tour by bus to see the seven picturesque lakes between Bariloche and San Martin de Los Andes, with lunch at SMdLA, followed by a return trip through the arid Pampas where you can see much of the local fauna along the way. You can also rent a car or hitchhike.
  • Trekking Trek Bariloche [32] provides a comprehensive guide to the trekking routes in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, with description of half day, day, and multi day hikes.
Puerto Pañuelo, at the nearby town of Llao Llao functions as Bariloche's port for boat tours.

If you're interested in going in the lakes and islands:

  • Barlantravel [33]- Mitre 650 local 4 - Tel. +54 294 4429999 - 15 4 533269
  • Cruce de Lagos [34]- All day cruise of Lake Nahuel Huapi and the National Park. Numerous stops allow you to wander in Andean rain forest, eat at the Hotel Puerto Blest and enjoy the stunning scenery from the turquoise waters of the lake. Buy the pass for a one hour cruise on Lago Frias which brings you near the snow covered volcano, Tronador. Lago Frias is milky jade green in color and the ride includes a short stop at the Chilean frontier.
  • El Bosque de Arrayanes - A forest of rare, orange colored trees that only grow on a local island (and one in Japan). There are several cruise boats; the newest (luxurious) ship is called the "Cau Cau". Take the circuit bus out of Bariloche and catch a boat (near the Hotel Llao Llao) and have lunch, hike or bike, and enjoy the afternoon in the forest.
  • Turisur Mitre 219 - Bariloche, [35]- Boat excursions from Bariloche (Puerto Panuelo) to Bosque Arrayanes (about AR$580 - Sept 2015) & Puerto Blest, they also do the trip across to Chile (Cruce de Lagos).

Other activities include:

  • Horseriding Tom Wesley Cabalgatas [36], their 3 hour lake ride is amazing.
  • Kayak, Pura Vida [37] & Cuadrante Sur [38] offer tours on Gutierrez Lake
  • Paragliding - Ernesto Gutierrez, tel.+54 2944-462234 / +54 2944-15413037 ([email protected]) offers 30 minute tandem flights, depending on the location (Cerro Otto or Cerro Catedral).
  • Rafting - Several agents offers rafting on the grade I Rio Limay or the grade III/IV Rio Manso. There are several outfitters that organize full day tours with lunch included.
  • Swimming in the lakes it's definitely possible in hot summer days. The lake Gutierrez, easily accessible by the bus 50, toward the south is a little bit warmer (less cold could be more exact) and the water is more beautiful.

You can usually book/plan these excursions/activities at your Hostel/Hotel or in authorized travel agencies.


  • La Montaña Spanish School, [39]. Spanish courses and more in Bariloche

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

Argentinian peso is currently running at 40% inflation, which means you need to take any prices mentioned anywhere with a cup full of salt. The list below includes some restaurants, but the prices are very outdated. (Expect them to be at least fourfold.)

  • Morfys a cafe on Mitre near Centro Civico is a good place for quick bite. A set meal with a drink. You could swap the fizzy drink that comes with the set meal for a beer and pay the difference. Wi-Fi is gratis!
  • El Boliche de Alberto [40] has, according to some, the best meat in Argentina. There are two restaurants in town, and one located about 8 kilometers out of town. Ask a taxi driver to take you there. Be aware that if you arrive after 8pm, you may have to wait in line for 30 mins or more, especially if you are a party of 6 or more. Please note that El Boliche de Alberto has a meat version of the restaurant which specializes in meats such as beef, chicken or pork etc. and there is a pasta version which serves a variety of different pastas.
  • Taberna Breogan Celta (also on San Martin, one of the main avenues) is this local restaurant featuring the local smoked wild game. Especially recommended is the meat-n-cheese plate featuring venison, wild boar, salmon, and two kinds of cheese.
  • Casita Suiza is one of the best regional restaurants in Bariloche. You also can ask Swiss specialties like fondues, raclettes and pierrades.
  • Cassis Restaurant, 02944-476167, Peñón de Arelauquen, Ruta 82, Lago Gutiérrez.
  • Friends Bartolome Mitre. Special, great salads and sandwhiches - especially good pasta. Making friends at friends!
  • Santos Resto Espana 268 (just a few blocks west of the Centro Civico). Excellent atmosphere, food and service. Fine food and dining in a casual, chic atmosphere.
  • Sesamo. This downtown restaurant serves amazing Middle Eastern food. The best ethnic food in town.  edit
  • Morfy's. Small sandwich shop that serves delicious food in massive portions. Offers many types of sandwiches and just about any type of topping for them that you can think of for low prices. The owner is very friendly and speaks Spanish, Hebrew, and a little English. Located behind the Museum of Patagonia.  edit
  • Club Social Llao Llao (Puerto Pañuelo), Hoyo 1, n° 150 (150 mt away from Llao Llao Hotel, facing the entrance to the golf course, in front of Puerto Pañuelo), 0294 4448068, [1]. 12 - 16 and 19-23. Meters away from the Legendary Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Club Social Llao Llao is a brand new option for early dinner, lunch or just for drinks. Llao Llao Social Club is a new restaurant placed in an old building that was refurbished, updated and redecorated in 2012. Facing the Nahuel Huapi Lake and just 200 mt away from Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Club Social Llao Llao offers a wide array of home made meals, selected Patagonian wines and delicious desserts. The menu changes with the season, we buy localy and include seasonal ingredients to all our dishes. The cozy ambiance and good music complete the experience. 120 Pesos for a generous meal, you can have lunch for less also. (-41.053553,-71.53167,17) edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Antares Brewery, [41], Ada M. Elflein 47. Nice variety of food and great beer. The Barley Wine is especially potent. Two-for-one pints during happy hour, every day 6-8pm.
  • Choppin Tapas y Fondue, on the circuit in Llao Llao, 1 mile away from the famous Hotel Llao Llao (by the Shell gas station). Eclectic, semi-hippy, great music, with an incredible view of the hotel, golf course, and mountains in the backdrop. Excellent homebrew beer on tap.
  • Malabar, Juramento. Popular local bar.
  • South Bar, Juramento. Popular local bar.
  • Wilkenny, San Martin 435. Irish-themed bar popular with tourists. There are better choices.

Dance clubs[edit]

Teens from all over Argentina arrive on a school trip to Bariloche to celebrate their last year of High school with their classmates. That is why Bariloche features a lot of sophisticated dance clubs.

Moreno (name of the street) is where most of the night life is and it's not unusual for clubs to stay open until 7AM over the weekend. The area is relatively safe compared with similar places in Buenos Aires.

  • Bypass. Offers a very elegant environment with lots of laser effects and nice music. [42] (In Spanish)
  • Cerebro. One of the oldest dance clubs in Bariloche. It is quite nice and it offers laser effects but not as colorful as other dance clubs. [43] (In Spanish)
  • Dusk. On Moreno just after Libertad. Sometime they have bands followed by a DJ. There is also a dance floor at the far end of the club. You will be given a card marked IN which you must hand over at the bar when you buy a drink and they will give you card with OUT written on it. You will need to hand this over to the bouncers at the door in order to leave the club! A 330ml Quilmes beer costs AR$ 30 (Jan 2013).
  • Genux. Futurist looking disco. Open since 1993. [44] (In Spanish)
  • Grisu. This is a must visit place. It has wood-like walls and it is designed in such a way that it is easy to get lost if you don't know your way around. It has a very quite place with a huge window showing the Nahuel Huapi lake. There are no laser effects but the bartenders are experts and it is worth watching them doing all sorts of tricks. [45] (In Spanish)
  • Rocket. Four floors dance club full of light, colors and sounds. Good laser show and nice atmosphere. [46] (In Spanish)
  • Roxy. On the corner of Palacios and Moreno.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Due to a very high inflation rate, prices in Argentina get outdated very quickly. Trust only recent prices (not even 1-2 years old). Please indicate the date when quoting prices in this section.


Bariloches budget accommodation quickly gets fully booked, so make your reservations in advance, particularly during high season.

  • Aurora Hostel, O'Connor Street (next to the cross with Rivadavia St). Nice, clean, it seems like home with a friendly family. Recent prices TBU.  edit
  • Bariloche Hostel, Salta 528, +54 2944425460 (), [2]. This hostel, fully and completely managed and cared for by its owners, is a traditional mountain house located in downtown San Carlos de Bariloche, just a few blocks from the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Recent prices TBU.  edit
  • Costa Azul Apart, Av. Bustillo 4200, +54 2944 442444, [3]. Costa Azul Apart offers 21 cozy apartments that feature standard amenities like cable TV and a private toilet and bath. Some of its amenities include Wi-Fi access, car rental and tour assistance, and room service. Recent prices TBU.  edit
  • El Gaucho Hostel, Belgrano 209, +54 2944 522464, [4]. Near the civic center. Clean cozy hostel owned by an Argentine and German. Recent prices TBU.  edit
  • La Justina, Quaglia 726, +54 2944524064, [5]. Just a Few blocks from the City Center. Big, spacious rooms, cozy common spaces for relaxing, watching TV or DVDs, listening to music or playing games. Free internet and breakfast, a well stocked kitchen, and very friendly owners. They can help you with any tourist info you need, and rent bikes. members get 10% off. Recent prices TBU.  edit
  • La Puerta Verde Hostel, Quaglia 160 1º floor, +54 2944 - 429051 ().  edit
  • Lake View Bed & Breakfast, Pioneros kn 4.6 (5 minutes from downtown), +54 2944-1534-1876 Mark.  edit
  • Marcopoloinn Hostel, Salta 422, 02944-400105 (), [6]. Modern, clean hostel. Free breakfast (basic but fine: coffee, milk, tea, dulce de leche, jam, butter, bread, cornflakes) and dinner, fast internet, Wi-Fi. Large common area with pool, tv and bar. Also has inhouse tour agency. Book library/exchange. Good value.  edit
  • Penthouse 1004, San Martin 127 (esquina Pagano) Piso 10 - Departamento 1004 - Edificio Bariloche Center San Carlos de Bariloche (CP 8400) - Río Negro, +54 2944-432228 (), [7]. Offers an amazing panoramic view. Excellent public areas, especially the kitchen. Free breakfast, wi-fi internet and has a computer for use but it is very busy and hard to get access to. Won't make reservations if you you are arriving after 2pm.  edit
  • Periko's, Morales 555, +54 2644-522326, [8]. Named after the owner's dog.  edit
  • Refugio Patagonia Hostel, Mitre 1338, +54 2944-422539, [9]. You can feel at home with Tato and Sandra, who are building a big "quincho"/barbecue saloon.  edit
  • Ruca Hueney Youth Hostel, Elflein 396, +54 2944-433986 / 02944-437026 (), [10]. Free breakfast, internet.  edit
  • Tango Inn Downtown Hostel, Salta 514, +54 2944-400004 (), [11]. Modern, clean hostel. Breakfast, fast internet, Wi-Fi.  edit
  • Tangoinn SoHo, "12, +54 2 944 430 707, [12]. This hostel is 10 - 15 walk from the railway / Omnibus station and 30 - 40 mins to town. Consider it if you are transiting or have a late arrival / early departure by train or bus. Come out of the station and turn right and the hostel will be on your left. If you have walked up to the petrol station on your right, you have gone a little too far! Recent prices TBU. In 2013 a dorm was 90p..  edit


  • 7 de febrero Hotel, +54 294 442 2244. With an excellent location and a privileged view of Lake Nahuel Huapi and the cathedral, the Hotel 7 de febrero offers a comfortable stay and hospitality with the host. Carpeted rooms (Standard, Superior), private bathroom, cable TV and telephone. The hotel also offers 24 hour bar service, internet (WI FI), tourism advice and benefits in the car rental and excursion arrangements.  edit
  • Aconcagua Hotel, 289, San Martín Avenue, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina, +54-2944 424718, [13]. Aconcagua Hotel is located along San Martín Avenue in San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina. It is near the Civic Center, Lake Nahuel Huapi, and casino. Aconcagua Hotel’s 32 comfortable rooms guarantee a restful stay. Each accommodation is equipped with a central heater, TV, Internet access, and toilet & bath with shower.  edit
  • Carlos V Patagonia Hotel, [14]. One of the most prestigious three stars from the city, with more than 40 years of activity. The Hotel is located in the center of the city of Bariloche, two blocks from the Civic Center and business district of the city, and three blocks from Lake Nahuel Huapi. The Hotel has 43 rooms including singles, doubles, triples and family apartments. Comfortable and warm, the rooms are equipped with central heating, cable TV, divan beds and digital safe box. For convenience has a large lobby with a television, a bar which looks outside to enjoy a good coffee, free internet access and wi-fi.  edit
  • Cristal Hotel, (Located on Mitre Street, the main commercial center of the Bariloche city. One block away from Lake Nahuel Huapi and three blocks from Civic Center.), [15]. It has 50 modern rooms with excellent detail and comfort in category Suite Superior Standard Classic and completely refurbished with Jacuzzi, connected to the household, electronic safes and cable TV. It has restaurant, piano bar, business center and meeting room for 70 people, which makes it ideal for pleasure as for business.  edit
  • Grand Hotel Bariloche, Mitre 408, R8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro (On the main street, half way down the commercial route of Mitre avenue, 100m. from the Nahuel Huapi lake.), +54 294 443 0622, [16]. Grand Hotel Bariloche is a 9 storey hotel (3.000m2.). They offer 75 rooms organized in singles, doubles, triples and apartments.  edit
  • Lago Gutiérrez Lodge, [17]. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the building is a typical mountain construction with refined decorative details. Gutierrez Lake Lodge is a place that stays in the memory of all our guests. Rooms (Standard, Superior) wooden finely decorated provide the warm of a mountain refuge and one of the best natural views of Bariloche with the Gutierrez Lake and the Cerro Catedral y Cerro Lopez. Our rooms are equipped with the following services included in the rates: Continental breakfast and free access to private beach and Bar on the shores of Gutierrez Lake.  edit
  • Nahuel Huapi Hotel, [18]. The traditional Hotel Nahuel Huapi, with its privileged location in the heart of the City of San Carlos de Bariloche, easy access to major attractions and the village and is the starting point to enjoy a pleasant stay. All hotel accommodations now have services from the LCD TV 32 "satellite signal cotton sheets-class, unique decoration to paintings on the walls. The interior decoration is characterized by its modernity with unique handcrafted details.  edit
  • Patagonia Hotel Bariloche, [19]. Located in the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, a few blocks from the center of the city of San Carlos de Bariloche. A real balcony over the lake with 56 double rooms, triple rooms and apartments in 10 levels, where every window becomes a unique vantage point to contemplate the beauty of the Nahuel Huapi and its surrounding mountains and forests.  edit
  • Rochester Hotel Bariloche, Av. Bustillo 6700, Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina, +54 11 5032-5569 (), [20]. Rochester Hotel is located next to Nahuel Huapi Lake, minutes away from downtown Bariloche. The hotel offers Super King beds, dry heat and steam saunas, Finnish bath, Scottish shower, fitness center, and a heated interconnecting indoor and outdoor pool.  edit
  • Tirol Bariloche Hotel, Libertad 175, +54 2944 426152, [21]. checkin: 12:00 hs; checkout: 10:00 hs. The 3-star Hotel Tirol Bariloche is in the city´s heart, 100 meters from the main street and has spectacular views over Lake Nahuel Huapi. It has private parking inside the hotel and free WI-FI throughout the building.  edit
  • Viejo Molino Hostería, +54 294 444 1011. Careful attention to the host, is known for its quality of personalized service. It has only 20 rooms, all furnished in the best style. It also offers heated pool, lounges and games and homemade pastries. You can enjoy the bar and exquisite international cuisine, with menus designed by gourmets.  edit


View of the lake from Llao Llao Hotel
  • Design Suites Hotel, Av. Exequiel Bustillo 2500, R8402AAX San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, +54 294 445 7000, [22]. Modern hotel (not all suite as the name might imply), with all the benefits (Spacious rooms, Free Wi-fi, Stunning Panorama Views, clever design touches) and drawbacks (basic room service) you expect from a Boutique Hotel. The suites themselves are not traditional suites, rather larger rooms with a couch and a balcony. Hotel 3km from the City Center. Best rates on official website start at US$130.  edit
  • Galileo Boutique Hotel, Av. Antartida Argentina, s/n, Base Cerro Catedral, San Carlos de Bariloche, C.P. 8400, Argentina, +54 2944 460-020, [23]. Galileo Boutique Hotel is located along the base of Cerro Catedral in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Major landmarks, such as the Nahuel Huapi Lake and the city’s Civic Center, are within proximate distance from the hotel. Feel as if you’re in the Swiss Alps when relaxing in Galileo Boutique Hotel’s luxurious Rooms, Suites, and Apartments, each adorned with quaint cypress wood frames and geometric roofs. They have great early bird discounts. In winter is right next to the slopes and in summer you can trek to Refugio Frey from the hotel´s parking lot. FROM USD 130.  edit
  • Llao Llao Hotel, [24]. Beautiful alpine style hotel, built in 1939 (recently renovated), adds to the dramatic backdrop of the mountains. A classic resort: there's a golf course, boating, and much for the wealthy to see and do. So the cup of coffee might be the way to go in order to enjoy the view, the ambiance, etc, without paying an arm/leg to stay there overnight. Excellent service, slightly OTT decor. About 25km from the city centre and about 35km from Cerro Catedral.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Because of the high tourist presence, petty crime is a reality but there tend to be a large amount of police in force and the smaller and relatively affluent nature of the city makes crime less likely than in Buenos Aires. Still, exercise caution and keep valuables within sight. Never hike alone on the trails which touch the city, particularly up to Piedras Blancas. There have been many reported robberies of tourists on these paths in recent years. Be carefull to remove from your car all electronic gear when parking in the national park. Many cases have occured when checking out of hotels, people leave their luggage in the boot and go for a hike or walk in "Circuito Chico" specially at the Moreno lake bridge and the "cerro Lopez" trail parking lot. Most hotels and hostels have a lugagge storage room and are happy to hold your bags while you experience a nice hike while waiting for your flight time in the afternoon. Do not risk it!

In late 2012, there were a number of major disturbances in the city, in the form of supermarket looting. These were violent and required the Border Guard to be called in. Events like this are rare, they only happen in the outskirts of the city, in any case, follow advise from your local lodger

Get out[edit]

  • Colonia Suiza
  • El Bolsón - A small hippie town (founded in the 70's) in a mountainous valley about 120km/75mi south of Bariloche. There's a twice weekly outdoor flea market (get there in the morning, it closes down around 3pm). Lunch at "Las Brasas" parrilla is recommended. There are buses leaving almost on an hourly basis between 0700 and 2030.
  • Lago Puelo - A small town on the route to Esquel. A number of buses leave between 0700 and 1700.
  • Esquel - Buses go via El Bolson and Lago Puelo and leave at 0700 (semi cama), 1130 (cama), 1500 & 1515 (semi cama), 1800 (cama) and 1830 (semi cama). Journey takes about 5 hours.
  • Villa la Angostura - A small town about an hours drive from Bariloche, very picturesque, you can also hike a 12km trail to the famous Bosque Arrayanes.
  • Buenos Aires by bus to Retiro Buenos Aires, leaving Bariloche Omnibus terminal (during summer time) at 1000 (arriving at 0800 the next day), 1200 (1230), 1215 (0850), 1400 (1015), 1430 (1105), 1445 (1250), 1510 (1050) and 1730 (1310). All above buses have cama. In addition, the ones departing at 1000, 1215 & 1445 have semi cama seats and 1510, super cama.
  • El Chalten : Buses ride the half paved Ruta 40 across the desert landscape. On the way, they stop in El Bolson, Esquel, Perito Moreno and Los Antiguos (12 hours). Marga has a direct bus, that leaves on odd numbered days, but there is a longer route that goes through Rio Gallegos and El Calafate, that leaves everyday. The general rule of thumb is that the bus will cost about US $5 for every hour of travel. Beware the company Taqsa/Marga, advertise semi-cama with two meals for there Ruta 40 route, however it was just a seat and only a crappy breakfast on the 24 hour ride.
  • Viedma There is a train to Viedma, but it departs only at 1700 on a Monday, just once a week. Buy a ticket at train station and usually more than a week in advance).

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