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Upon arrival we’ll drive you to your hotel in Bariloche. Then you will have the day to explore the city or the surroundings.
Bariloche sits on the southern coast of Nahuel Huapi, a glacier-water lake with enthralling islands and beaches. Hills and mountains framing the area allow visitors to enjoy all sorts of hiking trails and winter sports (Cerro Catedral is home to the biggest ski slopes in South America), as well as some mesmerizing views of the natural wonders of Patagonia. This region has it all — horseback riding through the Patagonian steppe, navigations through pristine blue-green waters, and the most mouthwatering chocolate in the country!
Our recommended activities for your free day in Bariloche:
Start your first Lake District tour with a pick-up from your hotel, and prepare to enjoy a sightseeing tour along Bustillo Avenue. Discover the most famous attractions like Campanario Hill, the legendary Llao Llao Hotel, and Puerto Pañuelo. Reach Campanario summit in a short chairlift ride and enjoy one of the most beautiful 360° of Bariloche. Continue bordering Moreno Lake to San Eduardo Chapel and Llao Llao Natural Reserve where we’ll go for an easy hike through a Cipres and Coihue forest. Your final stop of the day will be Bahía López and the Angostura Stream connecting Nahuel Huapi and Moreno Lake. On your way back to Bariloche, stop at jaw-dropping viewpoints and return to the city to relax and rest at your accommodation.
“Strung out along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi, in the middle of the national park of the same name, Bariloche (formally San Carlos de Bariloche) has one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable. This, combined with a wealth of summer and winter activities in the surrounding countryside, as well the production of Argentina’s best chocolate, has helped it become the Lake District’s principal destination.” (Lonely Planet). Find out what other famous travel publications say about Bariloche in our Bariloche Travel Guide
Today, you’ll set out by boat from Puerto Pañuelo on the Llao Llao peninsula, and after one hour of sailing, passing by Centinela Island, the resting place of Perito Francisco Pascasio Moreno, one of the first explorers of Patagonia, you’ll arrive at Puerto Blest.
Puerto Blest is one of the heavenly ports of Nahuel Huapi Lake, a secluded place that has amazed travelers from all over the world with its beautiful vegetation – one of the most varied in Bariloche – and a relaxed atmosphere created by the mountains and the surrounding Valdivian Forest.
Once there, you’ll be able to tour the bay, eat your boxed lunch and walk the shores of Lake Frías to see its peculiar green waters, which help to form the natural border between Argentina and Chile.
From there, and after a short 5-minute sail later, you’ll visit Cascada de los Cántaros (Cántaros Waterfall) and take a walk through the lush vegetation of the Valdivian rainforest, arriving at Lago Cántaros, where the overwhelming 1,500-year-old larch tree will be waiting. At the end of this full-day experience, we’ll drive you back to Bariloche.
Today we will take you to the airport, where your 4-day trip to the Lake District will come to its end. But don’t be sad! You can return whenever you want or continue your trip throughout the other destinations.
Do you know that in Patagonia we have the only glacier in the world that is still advancing? Or that in Mendoza the famous Malbec grape is harvested? If you want to keep on journeying take a look at any of our Featured Trips to visit Patagonia, Mendoza and other famous destinations of Argentina.
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