Northern Patagonia Lake District, Argentina

Bariloche is a large, lake-side city, in northern Patagonia, Argentina. Many people like to have a few days in Bariloche before or after visiting southern Patagonia. In addition, it is possible to navigate the lake system, linked by roads that cut through the Patagonian Forest, and go over the Andes to Puerto Varas on the Chilean side. From here there are flights from Puerto Montt airport down to Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales for access to Torres del Paine.










Patagonia Argentina

Argentine Lake District

Bariloche is the largest city in the Argentine lake region with a population of around 130,000 in habitants. It is located on the southern shore of the large lake Nahuel Huapi and is a top ski destination in the winter months. However, in the summer it is also an attractive holiday location offering lake bathing, water sports and fly fishing. It also offers a number of mountain-trekking trails with simple refugios (operated by the Club Andino Bariloche) for overnight stays.

Places of Interest

Being surrounded by lakes and rivers there will be no surprise that Bariloche offers a number of water-borne activities such as kayak, boating, rafting and fishing as well as trekking in the mountains, horse riding, and general, scenic sightseeing. In addition, there are some large and nice “lake style” hotels offering swimming pools and spa treatments.

Chile Connection

It is also the end, or start (whichever way you do it), of the Cruce de Lagos boat cruise that crosses the lakes between Argentina and Chile. The cruise takes a full day passing through scenery of outstanding natural beauty, with an option to overnight en-route beside a Chilean lake. A visit to Bariloche is also an option from Termas de Puyehue, in Chile, as it is close to the Argentine border.

Bariloche enjoys a cool-temperate climate with dry, often windy summers and rainy (snow on the mountains) winters. In the summer months of December to March the days are usually sunny and windy with temperatures between 18°C to 26°C, but cold nights (2°C to 9°C).


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We Offer

Experience Chile can arrange a few nights in Bariloche as part of your wider South American travel itinerary or as a stay prior to taking the boat over to Chile or in reverse, after taking the boat from Puerto Varas in Chile to Bariloche. You can also stay here prior to going south to El Calafate (El Chalten, Ushuaia) or after staying in El Calafate. If used as a standalone itinerary we suggest a minimum of 3 nights and other than that, one night if for logistics only.

If you would like us to arrange a custom-itinerary for you, please send us an enquiry.

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Bariloche: Arrivals and Transfers

There are three ways to get to Bariloche. One is by flying in from Buenos Aires or El Calafate; another is via the lake and forest network between Chile and Argentina in these parts and, the third is by road from the Chilean side.

In the event that Experience Chile is handling your itinerary, we will include the relevant transport required.


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In the event that you are a VIP in any of the fields such as celebrity and/or political and/or business, and you need “special attention”. For example, privacy and/or security for your trip please use an alias in the enquiry but mention that you are VIP and one of the directors will handle your request and keep your real name and details confidential.


Ask us to handle ALL of your South America, or Chile trip and we WILL include some items for free or at special lower-than-public rates. How much we can offer you depends on how much we can arrange and book for you. REQUEST@EXPERIENCECHILE.ORG

Remember, our specialty is to create a travel itinerary custom-built to your needs.

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