San Carlos de Bariloche Travel Guide

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There are many trekkings in Bariloche. You can get more information here.

Hiking with Local Mountain Guide - Guided bilingual hikes with mountain guide Maxi Schoffel in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Trek Bariloche provides a comprehensive guide to the trekking routes in the National Park.
Cerro CatedralIt has the biggest ski centre in South America, with a skiable area of 2 km (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 trailhead 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 ($40 pesos: USD$10). 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.
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".
Cerro OttoViewpoint over the area of Bariloche. Transport there includes in the price of the cable car which cost 70 peso 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 (average meal costs about $25 pesos) and there are some nice hiking trails behind the restaurant.
Cerro Frey is considered by many as the best 1-3 days trekking in Bariloche. When it's cold enough you can skate in the lake near the refuge. When there's not too much snow you can climb the granit "agujas" (needles) near the refuge which have ways for all levels, or head to Lago Jakob. There are two ways to get in and out: the main one is from Villa Cathedral (only one bus every 1h30), another (a bit longer) one starts from Los Cohiues and goes along the Gutierrez lake (bus #50).
Cerro López - Take the #10 bus to get there and back. In late spring/summer/early autumn there's a trekking trail to the mountain shelter (not as easy as Otto's). It takes about 3 hours to get there and can be quite tiring, but the views from the shelter are impressive. Be sure to bring along water and some fruit to keep your energy. Colonia Suiza, a swiss-like borough, is nearby.
Cerro Tronador, visit the black glacier (ventisquero negro), see the Cerro Tronador and a waterfall over an overhanging cliff named Saltillo de las Nalcas, near the village of Pampa Linda. The busride takes about two hours, and costs Ar$ 90 return or Ar$ 45 one-way (Transitando, 20 de Febrero 300, Bariloche). There is an additional entrance fee to the national park of Ar$ 50 (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 confiteria which sells overpriced food although location is remote and the place astonishing.
Los Siete Lagos (the seven lakes) - 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.

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

TurisurMitre 219 - Bariloche, - Boat excursions from Bariloche (Puerto Panuelo) to Bosque Arrayanes (about AR$160 - December 2010) & Puerto Blest, they also do the trip across to Chile (Cruce de Lagos) (about US$ 230).
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.
Cruce de LagosAll 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. US$230 per person (December 2010) - also known as Cruce Andino.

Other activities include:

ParaglidingErnesto Gutierrez, 02944-462234 / 02944-15413037 offers 30 minute tandem flights for Ar$250 and an additional Ar$20 to Ar$30 transportation cost, depending on the location (Cerro Otto or Cerro Cathedral).
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.
Kayak, Pura Vida Half Day tours in Gutierrez Lake
Horseriding - Horseriding tours to the Nahuel Huapi National Park from Bariloche in English/Spanish/German. Also try Tom Wesley Cabalgatas, their 3 hour lake ride is amazing.
Historical Steam Train, . A full-day journey into the steppe, riding a 1912's railway, which has been rebuilt keeping its original features. More info at the website

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

Seven Lakes Travel

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