What makes Bariloche so attractive?
San Carlos de Bariloche, a small city with a very European style to it in the midst of the impressively green National Park Nahuel Huapi and by the shoreline with the same name has become one of Argentina’s top tourist destinations. Combining the incredible views of stunning nature with a town full of character, it attracts thousands of tourists every year who come to enjoy both summer and winter activities in the Lake Districts.
One may think that visiting such a small city with just about 100.000 citizens isn’t worth the trouble. However, not only is Bariloche Argentina’s chocolate capital, but it also attracts Argentinian high school students who come to celebrate the end of their school year as the city has a wide range of fun activities to offer.
It is a beautiful cozy city surrounded by wilderness and blessed with an almost unique geographic location where outdoor travelers as well as city lovers can experience an unforgettable time. The opportunities for adventure are endless, with the Patagonian Steppe to the east, snowy Andes on the other side, and the great Nahuel Huapi Lake in front; at any moment, you can choose between climbing up the hills, discovering the hidden spots of hiking and trekking trails, riding horses, or mountain biking on your summer vacation. It is also an absolutely wonderful spot to go fishing and rafting.
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During the winter season from June to August, Bariloche is fully covered in snow. You can enjoy skiing and snowboarding without any problems on the 2 meter-thick snow layers covering the mountains. Cerro Catedral is definitely worth checking out, as it is is the largest ski resort in South America and the least crowded Cerro Otto ski region.
Afterwards, you can go warm up in a nice bar in the city where you can enjoy home brewed beer with a nice mix of European cuisine and the best regional Argentinian dishes such as smoked salmon, Patagonian lamb, homemade pasta and delicious Argentine pizza. Watch out for the typical dish “curanto”, a dish that involves an extensive preparation process, that consists of beef, pork, chicken, lamb, chorizos, a variety of potatoes with apples, cheese, cream and peas on a bed of maqui leaves. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Bariloche chocolates are a classic too, as well as home brewed beer and regional wines – so you definitely don’t want tomiss that!
Bariloche and its surrounding national park are full of possibilities. If you would like to explore those adventures, check out the TheBesty app to book the best tours and activities, discover fun things to do, and find the guaranteed lowest prices on hotel bookings – all in Latin America.