Tours in Bariloche
Bariloche is located in undoubtedly one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Western Hemisphere. For this reason a chain of Argentine National Parks protects this natural beauty. Numerous large lakes fed by glacial run-off reflect the majesty of the snow-capped peaks. The mountainsides are covered by primeval forests of subantarctic beech forest such as the lenga which changes color spectacularly in autumn, the coihue and the pellin which looks like an oak.
We can use private day tours and a wide choice of accommodations to make a custom package such as:
DAY 01- Arrival in Bariloche.
Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Together with the transfer or once we are ready, we will enjoy a 3 hour panoramic and scenic drive of Bariloche to get acquainted with the village and its surroundings. Driving along the Circuito Chico, we will easily reach areas of great beauty with wonderful vistas. The Catedral Mt, the Tronador Mt, the Tristeza Arm of Nahuel Huapi lake will be some of the gems we will discover.
Day 2 - Cruise to Victoria Island
Breakfast, then transfer to the port to take a six hour navigation on board the safe CACHORRA Boat (kitchen and toilette facilities on board) which will let us get into the heart of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, part of the National Park of the same name. We will explore the Victoria Island visiting its corners and isolated beaches where we can debark and hike but also we will have the chance to get to some other locations such as the Tristeza & Blest arms of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, both areas of stunning beauty.
Lunch on board or on one of the beaches
Day 3 - breakfast, then transfer out (or can do the day 1 tour on this time if needed by flight schedule)
Other Day Trips
BARILOCHE VISTAS (hiking & scenic drive)
This tour begins with a scenic one-hour hike to the top of Cerro Llao Llao; a modest peak which enjoys commanding views of the surrounding area from its summit.
The trail first leads through pristine native Nothofagus forest and Caña Colihue Bamboo fields, all the while gaining altitude, until eventually arriving at a natural granite dome and platform, which overlooks the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Having absorbed panoramic vistas and surrounding horizon from this memorable lookout point, we will make our way back down to the awaiting support vehicle, for a drive to Cerro Campanario, where, on arrival, a relaxing chairlift ride will elevate us to this iconic mountain top. Any Fitness fanatics among us can hike the hill to the lookout if not tempted by the comfort of the chairlift!
The heights of Campanario are considered to offer one of the most spectacular views in South America, and is the ideal spot to get an elevated perspective on the stunningly intricate topography of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. As we continue our scenic drive along what is known as the “Circuito Chico” road, we will make a stop to enjoy another incredible view from the side of the road at Punto Panoramico.
The final stop of the day is at the Lopez Bay trailhead, where a 30 to 45-minute hike through the wilderness takes us to the Tristeza inlet, with views out over the glaciated Mount Tronador in the distance. Watching the sun set behind the ranges from this here is a perfect way to end this enchanting day!
Total driving time: 1.5 hours
Total hiking time: 3 hours for both hikes
Total hiking distance: 5 miles (8 km) mostly flat
HIDDEN FALLS ON BOARD THE CURIOSITY
Operation: From October through April. Private departures only – Half & Full Day options.
Some of the most remote wilderness of Nahuel Huapi National Park can only be accessed by water. Here, the little known Tristeza Inlet and Hidden Falls trail can be found nestling close to glacial inlets and lush Valdivian Forest. The trip provides countless opportunities to observe native wildlife, and some of the most emblematic flora of the western side of the Park.
Today begins at 9 am, with a guided drive of about an hour towards our waiting vessel. The route covers the first half of the classic Circuito Chico, and an early stop at Punto Panoramico to take in one of the most stunning views of the park is a great way to break up the drive, before arriving at Bahía Lopez (Lopez Bay) where we board the Curiosity. Our voyage into the remote beaches and islands of the lake will be courtesy of this trusty 21-foot open powerboat, capable of taking up to nine passengers. Curiosity does not need a pier or harbour to dock, which means we can access some of the more difficult to reach coastlines and bays with ease.
As we slowly cruise down the shoreline of the Tristeza Inlet, ancient Nothofagus forest hangs overhead, with granite cliffs looming just a couple of feet away. In the distance, the imposing Mount Tronador, Capilla and El Capitan Mountains tower into the sky as ever-present reminders of the scale this landscape is best-known for.
As well as the unique topography, this trip also offers us incredible opportunities to observe the diverse wildlife of the area, with Condors, Foxes and chinchillas all common to the area. From Springtime through to early Summer, several beautiful waterfalls plunge directly into the lake at various pokints, proving a truly magnificent natural sight worthy of any photograph.
Later, the boat lands for disembarkation, ready for a two-mile hike through the lush forest surrounding the Frey Creek. Huge moss covered Coihue trunks and a palette of coloured flora surrounds us as we trek toward the 90-foot drop of the roaring Hidden (Frey) Falls, and climax of the trek. These picturesque falls are perfect for a dip in the plunge pools, before some well-earned refreshments, and back to the waiting Curiosity. From here, a brief navigation across the inlet will take us to a secluded bay, and while our guides are busy preparing a buffet lunch, there is plenty of time to wander the the beaches or simply relax on the sand with a glass of Malbec!
This afternoon, we return to Bahia Lopez. Our van will drive us back to the hotel along the second half of Circuito Chico, taking in more sublime scenery and a brief stop at the prestigious Llao Llao resort, known for its opulent décor and unbeatable location.
Total navigation time: 3 hours
Total hiking time: 2 hours
Total hiking distance: 2 miles (3 km) mostly flat.
FULL DAY (8 hours) Includes: Private land transfers, picnic lunch on the beach with soft drinks and wine, English speaking guide, park fees.
HALF DAY (4-5 hours) Includes: Private land transfers, snack and soft drinks, English speaking guide, park fees.
San Martin de Los Andes
Scenic Drive along route 234 for 400 km/250 miles
Full day sightseeing -11 hours
Operates: October to March – Daily basis (Private car services)
The drive from beginning to end is a two to three hour drive on gravel road (about 50 km), but the true spirit of it is to make a stop at each of the seven lakes of stunning beauty with waters that go from deep blue, glittering turquoise to emerald green. We start our North bound drive along National Route 237, and then take the 231 to reach Villa La Angostura; we pass by this small village and enter the road that connects the amazing lakes of Correntoso, Espejo, Villarino, Falkner, Hermoso, Machónico, and Meliquina. Finally, we arrive in San Martín de los Andes on the shores of Lácar Lake. The return trip to Bariloche can be through Paso
Córdoba or along National Route 40 via Junín de los Andes and La Rinconada.
Lunch is not included.
Full Day Circuito Grande
10 Hours Operates daily year round with restrictions during winter season (private car service)
Beautiful viewpoints, strange rock formations and dense forests are among the attractions that keep its 248 kilometers. The starting point is Bariloche, but it can also be Villa La Angostura. Depart from Bariloche along National Route 237 and after 15 km we will cross the bridge over the Limay River, the border between the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén.
Along the Limay River we will find Rincón Chico, Rincón Grande and the Anfiteatro, a place of a spectacular natural formation. Almost constantly accompanied by the Limay River, Route 237 crosses attractive places until we arrive to Valle Encantado (58 km from Bariloche approximately). There we will see strange rocks shapes which have received names as El Dedo de Dios, Centinela, Tren Expreso, etc.
Some kilometers from the valley we will get to Confluencia, which
was named for being there the place of junction of the Limay and Traful rivers. The picturesque bridge over the Minero River is one of the attractions found in the 25 km we will travel to reach lake Traful. Crossing the wonderful forest, the route borders the lake, rising up to the Traful viewpoint, located at about 70 meters high to fully enjoy the majestic beauty of the blue lake of the same name.
Later, the charming Villa Traful famous for its superb home made
pastries. We will continue driving until El Portezuelo where we will take the “Seven Lakes Road”. Bordering Correntoso Lake we will get to Ruca Malen. Inmediately after, Lake Espejo appears. Continue to Villa La Angostura, pass by Puerto Manzano and driving along route 237, get back to Bariloche. Lunch not included.