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Known as the ‘Switzerland of Argentina’, Bariloche’s mountainous landscapes and Nahuel Huapi Lake, provide the gateway to many of Patagonia’s outdoor adventures. Visitors have flocked to the region’s national parks for decades, with most heading to the Cerro Catedral – one of the southern hemisphere’s largest ski resorts. Alternatively, the beaches of Playa Bonita and Villa Tacul provide glacial swimming, while the area’s Oceanic/Mediterranean climate creates a suitable temperature for Andes hikes up the Lanín and Tronador Volcano.

Translating roughly to the ‘People Behind the Mountain’, Bariloche’s name offers insight into its unique topography. While evidence of cave paintings have been found dating back to the Neolithic period, it would be some time before European explorers managed to conquer the perilous Vuriloche pass. Amid the Araucanization of Patagonia during the 17th century, Spanish colonials gained a foothold in the region, while its residents grappled between Chilean and Argentinian sovereignty. The German expansionism of the 1930s triggered the beginnings of Bariloche’s tourist boom, transforming the land with modern infrastructure and hotels.

Renowned for its traditional Swiss-German architecture, Barichole offers quaint Alpine structures atypical of wider Argentina. After a day on the slopes, explore the chocolatiers of Bartolomé Mitre to find European chateaus serving warm cocoa, while elsewhere the Centro Cívico Bariloche is a historic town hall featuring a museum showcasing the history of the region’s indigenous people.

Tonight

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This weekend

From $65 per night

Next weekend

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Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency USD
Language Spanish
Average weekend price $76 per night
Average weekday price $82 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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8.0

It is a very picturesque area, but unfortuately we only had...

May 5, 2024

It is a very picturesque area, but unfortuately we only had about 1/2 a day of good weather while we were there. We drove the Rue de Sieta Lagos but had to turn around halfway there due to encountering snow. The rest of our stay was very rainy and cold. It was fall, but was told that it was extremely early to be having snow. The town is cute but can be fully taken in in a couple hours or so. There was way more we could have done if the weather had been nicer.

Catherine
Catherine United States of America
10

the amazing views, their breakfast room, they had the best...

November 14, 2023

the amazing views, their breakfast room, they had the best sushi restaurant with inside or outside sitting area overlooking lakes,mountains and award winning sushi. getting around was easy we had our own rental car and visited other towns. I would avoid booking the type of room in the old part of the Hotel,they have a new and better section. they do have a well train staff that offers area tours, we drove to different areas ,visiting Cerro Tronador,Villa Angostura,Circuito chico, having more time to enjoy the views. Roads are safe to drive.

roberto
roberto United States of America
10

It has plenty places to go, incredible views.

November 1, 2023

It has plenty places to go, incredible views. Being less populated than other places in the world, nature views, not to mention trakking, are MAREVOLUS. You can walk ours not crossing anyone, just in a trail in the woods, mountains. Bariloche had world best-in-class restaurants.... and value-for-money ones as well. Last bat not leaste: the people. We would be back in summer for trekking, and because of th very nice people.

Broguidoca
Broguidoca Argentina
10

Bariloche is a fascinating area.

October 19, 2023

Bariloche is a fascinating area. boating skiing, fishing, trekking. /gorgeous area. Lakes everywhere. great hideaway places. Fav spot.../cerro Catedral. greaat apre skiing. Check ou Las Brasas...the Ambers...Parilla, Provalette, flan!! Small town really. can walk around. or, take a taxi. would stay outside town. Quieter classy places

kris
kris United States of America
10

Amazing place, it is never too much with this amazing city...

October 9, 2023

Amazing place, it is never too much with this amazing city and its surroundings. It is very easy to travel around as there are plenty of buses. The Fonda del tío is a must as a restaurant. Cerro catedral and the neighbouring mountains are only amazing. The 7 lakes also too beautiful to explain

Julio Cesar
Julio Cesar Argentina
10

Bariloche, a magical destination that enchants winter lovers...

July 19, 2023

Bariloche, a magical destination that enchants winter lovers with its chilly climate and an array of thrilling winter activities. Nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of Argentine Patagonia, this charming town offers the perfect icy setting for skiing and embracing winter adventures. With its majestic mountains and abundant snow, Bariloche becomes a true paradise for snow sports enthusiasts. Beyond breathtaking ski slopes, visitors can indulge in an array of exciting activities such as snowboarding, snowshoeing, and exhilarating sled rides pulled by Siberian huskies. The picturesque scenery, coupled with cozy chalets and inviting restaurants, makes Bariloche an unparalleled winter destination, capturing the hearts of all adventurers in search of a unique experience.

Marcelo
Marcelo Brazil

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