10 Things to Do in San Carlos de Bariloche That You Shouldn't Miss

September 19, 2017 Randal Brittian

Nipping at the ankles of the Andes, San Carlos is a world-renowned ski destination, set in a landscape offering all the natural wonders of Argentina. Visitors can experience snow, lakes and peaceful beaches, along with vibrant nightclubs and gourmet cuisine. Throughout the year, the area hosts several music festivals, art exhibitions, expositions and conventions.
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1. Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina +54 294 442-3111
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5 based on 2 reviews

Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

Reviewed By travellingwesleys - Brisbane, Australia

We visited the Bariloche office of Parque Nacional and were assisted by an extremely helpful lady who gave us lots of tips on what walks to do, particularly as there had been a recent heavy snow fall. Worthwhile visiting if going to do any walking.

2. Cerro Tronador

Argentina, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina +54 294 442-8273
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Cerro Tronador

Reviewed By Ivani P

The tour to Tronador is amazing. Although it is a lot of time in the bus, the views from all stops was amazing. It is recommended to go there with good weather so you can see the glacials on the top of the Mountains, otherless it can be covered by clouds.

3. Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro

Lago Nahuel Huapi, San Carlos de Bariloche 8400, Argentina +54 294 442-6109
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro

Reviewed By tramontana44 - Northampton, Royaume-uni

The trip was well worth taking. A commentary is provided in Spanish and English and is quite informative. The trip on the two lakes is extremely pleasant. The visit to the Waterfalls and another small lake again is very nice. But be aware that this part means that you have to negotiate some 300 steps, but no problem for most people. There is time for a stop to have something to eat at the hotel in Puerto Blest before your return.
Recommended!

4. Parque Nahuelito

Ruta 77 km.24,500 | Circuito Chico - Barrio Las Cartas, San Carlos de Bariloche 8400, Argentina +54 9 294 459-8818
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Parque Nahuelito

Parque Nahuelito is a dinosaur theme park with over 30 life-size and scale replicas, made with unbelievable realism.

Reviewed By Paula B

We went there with our three children (ages 9-12). They were on the older side of the group but nevertheless they really enjoyed the tour. The park consists of life size reproductions of dinosaurs that were discovered IN Patagonia, (spoiler alert!!!) so the only famous one around was a T Rex just to show that many of the dinosaurs discovered in the late XX th century and beginnings of the XXIst are all bigger and scarier.
The tours run every 1 and a half hours and the guides are really entertaining. I don't know whether they do the tours in English. Really enjoyable if the day (Summer) is gloomy and there's not much going around for the kids.
PS: photos were taken by my kids.

5. Lago Steffen

Ruta 40, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
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4.5 based on 266 reviews

Lago Steffen

Reviewed By Claudia L

We've been there w.my husband and friends for at least six times. Have to walk 12 km down to the lake or drive ( fixed schedules to drive up 'n down since it's an only way path). No stores available. You take your own food and tent. If you setbup ur tent next to the stream, water available 'n can even make some gelly! avoid going in January 'cause it'll be overcrowded.
If you like trekking, ideal to walk into the forest 'n find a hidden waterfall.

6. Ventisquero Negro

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina +54 294 442-3111
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4.5 based on 203 reviews

Ventisquero Negro

Reviewed By Michael W - Haifa, Israel

Nahual Huapi National Park is also known for its Waterfalls located among the verdant Patagonian Forests, and you can see the Ventisquero Negro, or the Black Glacier, which owes its color to the sediments carried into it by the Manso River

7. Refugio Frey

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina +54 9 294 432-1856
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4.5 based on 548 reviews

Refugio Frey

Camping refuge in the mountain town of Bariloche.

Reviewed By Andrea B - Perth, Australia

We hiked to Refugio Frey from the carpark of the Catedral ski village. The first part of the hike offers views of Lago Gutierrez and is relatively flat. The next part of the hike is quite steep in places and winds through a beautiful forest. Closer to the refugio, you will begin to see some really beautiful jagged mountain peaks and rock formations. The lagoon next to the refugio was quite stunning on the day of our hike as the jagged rocky peaks above reflected onto the water's surface. There are opportunities to complete short hikes from the refugio. We trekked to Laguna Schmoll after arriving at Refugio Frey. As it was the middle of April, ice was beginning to form on the trail making it a little slippery. From Laguna Schmoll, you will be rewarded with beautiful up close views of the jagged mountain peaks. The hike to the refugio from the carpark took us 3 hours and it took us an extra hour to get to Laguna Schmoll from the refugio (including a lunch break and photo stops). From Laguna Schmoll the hike back to the carpark via the refugio took us 3 hours. This was a truly amazing hike, especially in autumn when the trees change colour to red and orange.

8. Parque Municipal Llao Llao

Calle Pque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, San Carlos de Bariloche R8405ARA, Argentina
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4.5 based on 525 reviews

Parque Municipal Llao Llao

Reviewed By Bookshelfish - The Woodlands, Texas

Small beachy, walking area adjacent to parking for National Park and Puerto Blest Ferries. Across street from Llao Llao Hotel. Nice for a walk from hotel but tiny and certainly not a destination in and of itself. Lovely. Llao Llao Hotel site on hill overlooking Parque.

9. Museo del Lago Gutierrez

Calle Mnto Nac Bosque Petrificado 367 | El Museo se encuentra a 100 metros del Lago Gutiérrez por la calle principal., San Carlos de Bariloche R8405APA, Argentina +54 9 291 450-6944
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Museo del Lago Gutierrez

Reviewed By LuizDutraNeto - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

All tours to "Cerro Tronador" drive along "Lago Gutiérrez", with its blue waters and pine covered Forests. It was named by famous Argentinian naturalist and explorer Francisco Moreno (mostly known as "Perito Moreno") after his academic mentor Juan Maria Gutiérrez. Located at only 12 km from San Carlos de Bariloche, "Lago Gutiérrez" is popular for biking, kayaking, picnicking and sunbathing. Enjoy!

10. Chocolates Rapanui

Calle Mitre 202, San Carlos de Bariloche R8402BPF, Argentina +54 294 442-3779
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4.5 based on 584 reviews

Chocolates Rapanui

Reviewed By Amy B - Boston, Massachusetts

We stopped into Rapanui just to check it out. Of course, then we saw the ice cream counter and HAD to try it. It took us a bit to figure out the system: You order your size and container at the counter and pay. They give you a number. Then you wait near the ice cream until your number appears on the board (look up). Then you hand over the number, which also lists your order, and pick your flavors. The cone, which was our order of choice, gets two flavors.
I didn't taste any flavor that wasn't great, but I particularly loved anything with dulce de leche and anything "granizado" (having small flecks of chocolate). Their chocolate is also very rich and dark.
How good was the ice cream? After our first try, we decided to have an ice cream cone in lieu of lunch every day we were in Bariloche.
We also bought chocolates to bring home as souvenirs, and they are good too! But nothing measures up to that ice cream.

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