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.
Below is a sample package with group day tours. We can also quote with private day tours and a wide choice of accommodations to make a package to suit your interests :
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)
Sample 2021 rates per person in US$:
Other Day Trip Options
Cross to Puerto Varas Chile
Can either go by private car, by public bus or by the Cruce de Lagos (buses and boats
4 Hours - 9 am and 2 pm departures. Scenic drive & navigation.
This half day tour packs the best scenery of the mountains and lakes of Bariloche without having to break a sweat!
Our first stop is at “Campanario”, to take the chairlift to the top of this iconic peak. Campanario is considered one of World’s most spectacular views and the ideal spot to get a perspective on the intricate and stunning topography of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. We then drive along Circuito Chico road to board our private boat and enjoy a contrasting perspective from the water (on board coffee, appetizers and drinks included).
As we cruise next to vertical granite cliffs polished by glaciers thousands of years ago, we will visit several small, and not so small beautiful waterfalls which drop straight into the lake. Condors usually nest on these cliffs and, if we are lucky, we’ll be able to spot the largest flying bird on Earth only a few meters away.
Finally, we stop by yet another incredible lookout, Punto Panoramico, before driving back to our hotel or favorite restaurant. Ideal for those wanting a relaxed half day packed with the best scenery.
10 hours - 215 km - Operates: October to March – Daily basis.
Private car service.
Mount Tronador is a now dormant volcano, towering 3,550 metres above the surrounding lakes and forests, the highest peak in Northern Patagonia. The rumbles and cracks caused by giant shards of ice dropping from the face of the glaciers which cling to the mountain’s peaks ring through the air throughout the day, giving the area an eerie, other-worldly feel.
Driving south from Bariloche, the route is scenic, travelling along the length of both the Gutiérrez and Mascardi lakes, until we reach a winding road that takes us to Hosteria Pampa Linda. A short stop here to stretch the legs, have a coffee and breathe in the country air, before heading off towards the Saltillo de las Nalcas Waterfall. Crossing a hanging bridge, we soon reach the forest which leads to the lookout point over the Saltillo de las Nalcas, then back to Pampa Linda for lunch.
After lunch, our journey culminates with a visit to the Manso Glacier and Mount Tronador lookout point. The views here are spectacular, and the so called ‘dark glacier’ is most unusual. Before looping our way back towards Bariloche, one final stop is made at the natural phenomenon which is Cascada Los Alerces Waterfall, where the Manso River winds down from the summit of Mount Tronador towards the Atlantic basin, forming the sublime Cascada Los Alerces along the way. Although this is a 10-hour tour, the drive is beautiful and the pace is leisurely, meaning you will have the chance to enjoy each stop fully.
*The drive is made up of steep dirt roads in some parts and single lanes. Because of this, traffic is carefully controlled; vehicles must drive towards and return from the mountain during designated hours (from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm for the way up and from 4.00 pm till 6.00 pm on the return).
*Lunch is not included.
Other Day Trip Options
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 points, 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. Immediately 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.
Route 40 and El Bolson
Operates daily year-round (restrictions during winter season)
Driving distance: 85 miles (each way) - Driving time: 2 hours plus stops (each way) Private car service.
This spectacularly scenic guided drive takes us along the iconic Route 40, known locally as the “Backbone” of Patagonia which connects Bariloche and the mountain village of El Bolson. This trip offers endless sightings of the stunning scenery this area is known for, the road running parallel with the shorelines of three major lakes; from the deep blue waters of the Gutierrez to the glacial turquoise of the Mascardi. We will drive down the infamously winding Mosca canyon and past secluded villages such as El Foyel, with our ultimate destination being the charming town of El Bolson.
Interestingly, this relaxed settlement was once dubbed the hippie capital of Argentina; these days El Bolson enjoys a range of successful cottage industries, partly due to a slightly warmer climate than other parts of the region, offering the perfect conditions for its booming fruit production and organic farming. Famous in the area are local breweries, fruit flavoured beers and the home made dulce de leche gelato, which we highly recommend! Visiting El Bolson is a wonderful chance to get an insight into an alternative side to local Patagonian culture and tradition.
Notes: Stop at El Foyel´s historic general store for a cup of tea or coffee!
Can also choose from active options. See Bariloche Multiport