San Carlos de Bariloche is the most important town of the Lake District in northern Patagonia. It is located by the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake, at 1600km distance from Buenos Aires.

Also known as the little Switzerland, Bariloche stands out for its architectural features and because it is surrounded by hills, woods, mountains covered with eternal snow, lakes and rivers. It is an ideal place for nature lovers and has a wide range of acuities to do such as hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, skying and much more.

During winter (by the end of June till beginning of September) the Cathedral Mount (15km from the city) opens the gates for skiers.

With the warm weather of summer, the lakes become a great place for fisherman that are following trouts and salmons. Also golfers travel to this place to enjoy the different golf courses (Llao Llao and Arelauquen Golf Courses).

In the surrounders of Bariloche there are many activities to do and towns to visit. One of those is Villa La Angostura a little mountain village that it is the gateway of “7 Lakes corridor” that goes to San Martin de Los Andes passing through 7 Lakes and 2 national Parks (Nahuel Huapi and Lanin)

This circuit is a traditional option that takes only half a day. Generally it is the first excursion one does and thus, the first contact with the landscape of the region. It is approximately 60 kilometers long and it begins and ends in San Carlos de Bariloche, following lake Nahuel Huapi’s waterfront along a paved road called Avenida Ezequiel Bustillo. Lake Nahuel Huapi is the biggest lake of the whole region. It has a surface of 55.700 hectares. All along the way, you will be accompanied by it as well as by the Andean peaks and the opposite shores in the distance. As we begin this circuit you will notice well-kept gardens and the typical construction style consisting mainly of wood and local stone. Some belong to pioneers and some to institutions such as the nautical club. As we go along, the landscape offers different aspects of the lake, the type of forest begins to vary intermingled with cypress and maitén trees and in the summer time these colors are accentuated by the flowers of wild rose, wild berries, Spanish broom and other wild species. At kilometer 17 we will make a stop at the chairlift of Cerro Campanario, which will let us have a magnificent view from 1050 m.a.s.l. As we continue we will reach the entrance to the San Pedro Peninsula and at kilometer 24, we will be at the Llao Llao peninsula. Here our attention will be drawn to the St. Eduard’s Chapel, Puerto Pañuelo and the link grounds of the Llao Llao Hotel strategically located between lakes Moreno and Nahuel Huapi. At this point the landscape is a conjunction of colors and shapes that give the Nahuel Huapi National Park its well-deserved fame. Then comes the orchards of the Swiss settlers, the panoramic or lookout point on lake Moreno, and Laguna El Trebol. A few kilometers further the road links again with Avenida Bustillo and we will be heading back to the city of San Carlos de Bariloche.

This circuit is a traditional option that takes only half a day. Generally it is the first excursion one does and thus, the first contact with the landscape of the region. It is approximately 60 kilometers long and it begins and ends in San Carlos de Bariloche, following lake Nahuel Huapi’s waterfront along a paved road called Avenida Ezequiel Bustillo. Lake Nahuel Huapi is the biggest lake of the whole region. It has a surface of 55.700 hectares. All along the way, you will be accompanied by it as well as by the Andean peaks and the opposite shores in the distance. As we begin this circuit you will notice well-kept gardens and the typical construction style consisting mainly of wood and local stone. Some belong to pioneers and some to institutions such as the nautical club. As we go along, the landscape offers different aspects of the lake, the type of forest begins to vary intermingled with cypress and maitén trees and in the summer time these colors are accentuated by the flowers of wild rose, wild berries, Spanish broom and other wild species. At kilometer 17 we will make a stop at the chairlift of Cerro Campanario, which will let us have a magnificent view from 1050 m.a.s.l. As we continue we will reach the entrance to the San Pedro Peninsula and at kilometer 24, we will be at the Llao Llao peninsula. Here our attention will be drawn to the St. Eduard’s Chapel, Puerto Pañuelo and the link grounds of the Llao Llao Hotel strategically located between lakes Moreno and Nahuel Huapi. At this point the landscape is a conjunction of colors and shapes that give the Nahuel Huapi National Park its well-deserved fame. Then comes the orchards of the Swiss settlers, the panoramic or lookout point on lake Moreno, and Laguna El Trebol. A few kilometers further the road links again with Avenida Bustillo and we will be heading back to the city of San Carlos de Bariloche.

You cannot leave Bariloche without going to Circuito Chico, a classic. Every time you go, you feel a different experience (and if you haven´t been there before, it´s better, we´ll show it in detail). It is our special welcome for those who want to be part of this stunning natural environment. The traditional trip is combined with a short hiking in the middle of a striking native forest. This is an easy hike within Llao Llao Municipal Park, and it involves walking along trails surrounded by ancient trees. This place is ideal for contemplating crystal-water lakes and unique panoramic views of Catedral, López and Capilla mountain peaks, among others. It is also a perfect place to listen to the beautiful sounds of birds and learn about the flora and fauna of the Andean Patagonian Forest.

This trip begins at Puerto Pañuelo located on the Lao llao Peninsula on lake Nahuel Huapi’s watefront. The island is 11 kilometers away and the boat makes this distance in about 30 minutes. All the way to Puerto Anchorena we will be awed by the colour of the water, the Andean peaks and the abundant vegetation. This landscape was transformed by diverse geological phenomena along the course of millions of years. Once on the island, our suggestion is to spend time trekking it. The place must have been inhabited for thousands of years. Proof of this, are the smoke stained caves and the rupestrian paintings. There is also a noticeable mêlée of fauna and flora. The native species such as cypresses coihues and ñires cohabit with huge sequoias, thujas, eucalyptus, oak and pinecones. Something similar happens with the fauna. Such species as the native “pudu pudu” or dwarf deer cohabits with the wild boar or jabalí, European deer, pheasant and a variety of birds. This island is 20 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide with a total surface of 3.710 hectares. From Isla Victoria we will continue the trip by boat towards Puerto Quetrihue located to the south of the peninsula that bares the same name. This trip also takes 30 minutes and the most outstanding feature is that we will land at a pure and dense arrayán forest. The arrayán is a tree that has a cinnamon brown bark. This bark detaches itself in strips revealing lighter layers of the same hue. The arrayán tree has round small dark green leaves. Near the end of the summer the trees cover themselves with small white flowers which later turn into round black brilliant fruit. This, together with the fact that it is almost the only tree specimen in the area, gives the surroundings a strange coloring. These trees have thrived thanks to the dampness of the habitat.

Pick up in the hotel and transfer to Puerto Pañuelo. Setting out by boat from Puerto Pañuelo (Pañuelo Port,) on the Llao Llao peninsula, and after one hour of sailing, you’ll arrive at Centinela Island, resting place of Perito Francisco Pascasio Moreno, father of National Parks in Argentina, followed by a visit to Cascada de los Cántaros (Cántaros Waterfall.) Later on, a walk through the lush vegetation of the Valdivian rainforest, arriving at Lago Cántaros (Cántaros Lake,) the mouth of the waterfall, where you can witness the overwhelming sight of a 1,500-year-old larch tree. A short 5 minute sail later, you will finally arrive at Puerto Blest, a place that has amazed tourists from all over the world. From there, you’ll be able to tour the bay and the shores of Lago Frías and its peculiar green waters, which originate at one of the glaciers on Cerro Tronador, the natural border between Argentina and Chile.

We will depart in the morning through route 237 following Limay River toward the north. We will drive for 352km and visit Nahuel Huapi and Lanin National parks. Then continuing along National Route 231, is along the lake Nahuel Huapi for its northern margin (the opposite side of Bariloche city) to Villa La Angostura, where a brief rest, to continue the road to the lakes Espejo, Correntoso, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner, Machónico and Lacar the edge of which is located the city of San Martin de los Andes. The return is done through the Paso Córdoba, Meliquina along the lake and rivers and Caleufú Filo Hua Hum, visiting Casa de Piedra, Confluence of Traful, Valle Encantado, San Carlos de Bariloche.

The excursion starts at Puerto Pañuelo, where we will embark to sail across Lake Nahuel Huapi up to the Blest arm of the lake. At Puerto Blest we will disembark. Then, a bus will take us to Puerto Alegre (a short trip indeed) and once again we will set sail on a catamaran across the greenish waters of Lake Frías to reach Puerto Frias 20 minutes later. Here we will do a quick Customs check and continue by bus. At 976 meters above sea level, surrounded by lush vegetation, we will arrive at Peulla, at around 5pm. This German-style hotel built of local wood offers full facilities. After checking in, you will have some free time to go for a walk around the place and get to the “Cascada Velo de la Novia” (Bride´s Veil Cascade), where you can enjoy the landscape and commune with the magic beauty of the place. After having breakfast on the second day, we will be taken by bus to Puerto Peulla, where we will embark again and sail across Todos los Santos lake, also known as Lake Esmeralda. After two hours you we get to Petrohué. Petrohué is a town located on the slopes of the Osorno volcano, by the lakeshore. The trip continues by bus, skirting a great part of Lake Llanquihue, one of the largest lakes in South America. Then, we will arrive in Puerto Varas, the “City of Roses”.

The journey departs from Bariloche through national route 40. Border Gutiérrez lake and cross the Pilmaiquén river and the Melgarejo stream. Further on, we will border the Mascardi lake. On our right, national route 254 and the path to Tronador hills appear. Take this path by crossing the bridge above the Manso Superior river up to Pampa Linda. Nearly the end of the journey and after leaving behind a shady woods we arrive to the Río Manso glacier, known as “Black Blizzard”. The journey ends further on, by the foot of the Tronador hill. The three peaks that distinguish this hill are: the Argentinian of 3.554mts, the International of 3.554mts and the Chilean of 3.410mts. The return is performed throughout the same path. NOTE: ascending and descending timetables are set because it is a one-way and sinous path. You can go up until 2 PM and return from 4 PM.

The magic of the rock formation on this trip is added to the beauty of the lakes and forests. Leaving Bariloche along national route 237 you follow the Limay river valley. Having done 35 Kms. You arrive at the Amphitheatre, a place where you can observe the work of the river on the landscape. Further on you go through Valle Encantado with all its magical rock formations. Before crossing the bridge at Confluencia (where the rivers Traful and Limay meet) you turn left. It is worthwhile making a short trip into Cuyin Manzano, 5 Km. after the turn off, to see more dramatic rock formations.. After crossisng the Minero river the road borders lake Traful at the Traful lookout, an impressive 70 m. high cliff overlooking the lake. A little further on you arrive at the small village of “Villa Traful”, where you can have lunch, tea or try the homemade chocolates and pastry. The road borders the lake to its end going through the valdivian forest, then over the Portezuelo pass to meet the Seven lakes route where you turn left, bordering lake Correntoso, to carry on to Villa La Angostura. Once there you can visit Cerro Bayo ski area and the Rio Bonito Waterfall. The road goes through spectacular scenery all along the northern shore of lake Nahuel Huapi to the crossroad with national route 237 to return to Bariloche.

Circuito Grande is another tour you can´t miss. It leaves from Bariloche and then skirts Limay River up to the Amphitheatre, a natural rock formation which resembles a Roman circus. This is a must-see stop where you can appreciate the landscape. A few kilometers away there is a majestic rock formation full of beautiful and fanciful rock figures, Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley). To the west, the road leads to the geographic transition area between the steppe and the moist forest: it ascends alongside Cuyín Manzano, Traful and Minero Rivers up to Traful Lake and its viewpoint, a rocky cliff of more than 70 meters which offers a breathtaking and stunning panoramic view. We cannot
avoid making a toast… The trip continues on a serpentine road alongside the lake up to Villa Traful, a small and beautiful village, an ideal place to fish salmons and camp. Then, it gets to Puerto Arrayán, goes through El Portezuelo, and takes the Seven Lakes road. There, we visit the beautiful city of Villa La Angostura, where we´ll be welcomed in Las Balsas Gourmet Hotel & Spa with a 5 course tasting menu. Then, the tour returns to Bariloche.

(Español) En esta excursión de media día vistamos las dos Cervecerías destacadas de Bariloche y conocemos la mítica cervecera patagónica.
Tras la recogida en su hotel realizamos la primer parada en Berlina, donde podremos degustar las diferentes variedades de cervezas artesanales permitiéndonos comparar los diversos sabores y procesos de elaboración. Además degustaremos cada una de ellas a fin de conocer la interesante cultura cervecera. Luego nos dirigimos a Cava Clandestina, la cervecería hace honor a los recordados bares (“salón”) del lejano oeste norteamericano, aquí nos aguardan con un menú de bienvenida acompañado de cerveza artesanal.
Desde allí se emprende el regreso al Hotel.

Operatividad: Anual
Horario: 18:00 hs a 21:00 hs
Incluye: Transporte privado, Guía (español/Ingles) Degustación de cerveza en Berlina y tapeo patagonico con dos ½ pinta en Cava Clandestina

Enjoy the most complete and amazing half day hiking and sightseeing experience, delighting yourself with some of the most impressive panoramic views worldwide. You’ll be picked up by an expert hiking guide in a private vehicle. Our destination is Mount Llao Llao, definitely one of the most beautiful half day hikes in this region. The hike on Mount Llao Llao takes us through a beautiful forest to strategic panoramic points that will allow us to enjoy and take pictures of amazing panoramic views. It takes approximately 2 hours to complete this hike, involving uphill sections for a total of around 30 minutes. As an easier plan B we can offer a 1 hour walk on a different trail through an imposing forest in the same area, involving short and mellow uphill sections and mostly flat terrain. This option will show us a stunning Luma apiculata (Myrtle) group of trees and a beautiful lookout by the Moreno Lake. After enjoying this spectacular hike and panoramic views, we’ll be heading with our vehicle to Mount Campanario. On the way, we’ll stop to shoot some pictures by the best panoramic point of the road, where we’ll enjoy a direct view of the Llao Llao Peninsula and its famous hotel. The way up Mount Campanario will be done with a chairlift; the views from the lookouts at the top will definitely impress you.
We’ll take the chairlift back to the road and then the vehicle back to your hotel.