Bariloche

You’re about to visit the capital of the Argentine Lake District, best known as the “national capital of adventure tourism” (and chocolate!). Learn about the best time to visit and the things to do in Bariloche with our insiders’ travel guide.  

The city of Bariloche arises at the shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake in the Argentine province of Río Negro, neighbouring the Andes Mountain Range. The city is entirely located inside Nahuel Huapi National Park, famous for its stunning lakes and mountains, like the Tronador, which is actually a non active volcano. In 1903, Francisco Moreno (best known as the “Perito Moreno”, yes, like the famous glacier in El Calafate), an intrepid explorer and scientist donated these lands in order to create the Nahuel Huapi National Park, the first in Argentina, and thus, Bariloche strats to flourish. Today, Bariloche is one of the most populated cities in Patagonia, the base for numerous hiking and skiing slopes, an artisanal chocolate and craft beer hub, and also one of the most important scientific poles in America. Here sits the Balseiro Atomic Center and Institute where it’s possible to follow Physics and Nuclear Engineering studies. We invite you to read our Bariloche travel guide!

Attractions
Attractions

Attractions

Eating & Drinking
Eating & Drinking

Eating & Drinking

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Tips & Advice

Tips & Advice

How many days should I stay in Bariloche?

We recommend at least 3 nights. This way you can spend 2 full days for the longer tours and have the day you arrive and the day you leave for the shorter tours, or to buy some chocolate in the center. 

Best time to visit

Bariloche is a destination to enjoy all year round. Each season has its magic and a wide variety of activities to choose from. 

The best time to visit Bariloche are  summer and the intermediate seasons tovisiti the lakes, enjoy trekking, kayaking, horseback riding, bike tours and landscaping. The winter is perfect for snow sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. 

How is the weather like in Bariloche?

Summer: Windy and sunny, from 18°C to 26°C, and cold nights, from 2°C to 9°C. From October on, days in Patagonia are longer, the sun rises at about 5:00 am and sets around 10:30 pm. Higher elevations will carry cooler climate, and frosts can occur at night, even during the summer. 

Autumn: Temperatures drop in March, storms in April and May. During April, daytime temperatures are usually in the 15 ºC, and drop to 2ºC at night.

Winter: Storms and rain (snow, rain, sleet) and occasional snow storms. In winter, Bariloche can have temperatures between 12°C and -12°C. 

Spring: Windy and variable. Temperatures from -6°C to 25°C.  

How to get to Bariloche?

Flight: Bariloche is a very well connected city with the rest of the country. By air you can get there directly from many cities, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario, Bahía Blanca and El Calafate. With stopover, from Mar del Plata, Ushuaia and San Pablo (Brazil). 

Bus: In addition, from different cities you can choose the option of traveling by long-distance bus. You can choose basic services, semi-bed, bed or executive bed. They offer comfortable seats, movies on board, drinks, breakfast, lunch or dinner during the trip.

Train: There is a train that reaches Bariloche from the Atlantic coast called the Tren Patagonico, this is a long distance train that travels through the landscapes of the southern plateau of the Argentine province of Rio Negro. The route is from Viedma to Bariloche or vice versa.

Self-drive: Bariloche is the perfect destination for car rental. It can be rented for several days to tour the lake area.

Can I find ATMs in Bariloche?

ATMs are located in banks, most of them, but are open 24hs. Each bank has a different fee that will charge you to use their system, plus your bank fee. We recommend bringing a couple of US dollars and exchanging them, so you have some cash to move around and then pay with Credit cards or use an ATM whenever you run out of money.

What is the proper tipping?

In restaurants, it’s customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Note that tips can’t be added to credit-card bills, so carry cash for this purpose. For tour guides , estimate around USD 10/15 per person, for a full day tour and half of it for the driver. In hotels, you should tip porters for handling bags:USD1.00 for every two bags, same amount is calculated for drivers if they help you with your suitcases, the housekeeping (between USD0.50 – 1.00 per night), and the concierge staff if the have helped you to arrange dinner reservations, transportation or leisure activities. In Argentina we don’t regularly tip taxi drivers.

How much money can I spend per day in Bariloche?

Estimate around USD 50/100 per day, per person for daily expenses like eating, shopping and transportation, depending on how much money you want to spend on these.

Exchange money and using CC

Credit cards and US dollars are widely accepted in Bariloche. It’s better if you exchange pesos rather than using US dollars because the rate that shops or restaurants use might not be the most convenient for you. 

What to include in your luggage?

If you visit Bariloche in summer in your luggage you cannot miss: sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, open sandal-type shoes, bathing suit, shorts and long pants (or removable), a warm jacket, fleece or frilled coat, a hat, and a medium backpack for excursions.

If you visit Bariloche in winter in your luggage you cannot miss: gloves, scarf and wool hat, thermal shirt, many pairs of socks (if it rains they can get wet or also with the snow), comfortable shoes, waterproof boots and warm to wear outside, warm woolen sweater, a good airtight and waterproof/wind warm jacket, waterproof pants and a fleece or frosted coat, comfortable clothes for indoors (since there is a lot of heat everywhere!), briefs / long pants, glasses / goggles for the snow and a medium backpack / bag for excursions.

 

Tickets to National Parks

Remember that tickets to all national parks in the country are paid in Argentine pesos and are not included in the tours. As credit cards are not accepted, we recommend that you always carry change in local currency. 

Fee: USD 4.- per person

What is the Bariloche Ecotasa?

It is the fee paid by visitors for each night of accommodation (up to a maximum of three nights). The funds collected are used to create or improve tourist infrastructure and thus offer more options to enjoy every corner of Bariloche. The value varies according to the category of the hotel, but is from USS 0.5.- to USD 3.- per night.   

Where can I do snow sports in Bariloche?

Catedral Hill: The most important ski center in Bariloche. It is located 19 km from downtown Bariloche

Baguales Center: Thanks to the diversity of terrain and infrastructure of shelters and services Baguales turns out to be the ideal place for the practice of ski touring.

Bayo Hill: Located in Villa La Angostura. 

Nordic ski center: Located in Cerro Otto at 1280 mts. above sea level, only 6km from the city of Bariloche, easy access.  

Sustainability

Sustainability

Bariloche

Local Businesses

 

  • Colonia Suiza Artisans

In the nearby town of Colonia Suiza, which we highly recommend visiting, there is a fair of artisans who make different types of regional products and crafts. Liquors, cheeses, preserves, beers. You will find a lot of variety and, in addition to walking, you can taste the products that they offer you.

Address: Colonia Suiza, San Carlos de Bariloche.

On Wednesday and Sunday there is a handicraft fair with different stands, tasting of local products and the elaboration of the famous curanto.

Price: Free entry.

 

  • Casa de Artesanías Mapuche

“Zuem Mapuche” is a place where the Mapuche community shows their crafts, you can see some of the native crafts and learn a little more about the first inhabitants of this area who claim these lands as their own.

Address: Moreno and Villegas.
Days and times: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: Free entry.

 

Who to meet

 

  • Kike mayer

He is one of the most successful and well-known plastic artists in Bariloche. He has won a large number of international awards, scholarships, commendations, etc. His latest work sold for $ 10,000. He works mainly in acrylic paintings and masks on letterhead. He conducts workshops in the city and also occasionally organizes samples of his work. To find out when and where you can enjoy the artist’s work, it is recommended to get in touch.

Villa Arelauquen, San Carlos de Bariloche, 8400

Email: kikermayer@gmail.com

Tel: +54 (9) 294 450 1109

How to help

 

  • Red Solidaria Bariloche

It is a non-profit association that encourages the participation of young and old in joint volunteer actions. Its objectives include raising awareness of social values ​​through training environments, giving priority to gender equality and cooperation between people of different generations.

Email: redsolidariabariloche@gmail.com

 

  • Gotitas de Esfuerzo

Droplets of Effort is a Non-Profit Civil Association. It works as a training canteen providing food to 120 children and 40 adults, located in the city of Bariloche in the province of Río Negro. The dining room not only provides food to the beneficiaries, but also provides activities for adults and children.

Address: San José Obrero and Tierra del Fuego, Bariloche.

Phone: 02944 – 440988

Email: gotitasdeesfuerzo@hotmail.com

 

Sustainability Tips

 

Bariloche has its own sustainability program. They ask visitors and residents to separate the garbage and take everything recyclable to the green points that are distributed in the city. In addition, they especially emphasize that if a place is visited, the garbage must return with the visitors.

Other useful tips to be a responsible travel:

  • Take your reusable bag with you when you go shopping.
  • Choose the consumption of local products from artisans and small producers.
  • Travel the city by bike or on foot, it is healthy and does not leave a carbon footprint.
  • When you go on an excursion, ask for food without plastic wrap.
  • Don’t leave trash in nature.
  • Take a reusable bottle with you to carry water in restaurants.
  • Don’t feed native fauna.
  • Use rechargeable batteries and batteries.