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 services. 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.
Arrival and reception at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, depart from the hotel bordering Nahuel Huapi Lake, passing by Bonita Beach and Campanario Hill. We take the chair lift, which leads us to the top (1.050 MASL-3.444 ft.), from where we are able to admire one of the most beautiful and fascinating landscapes of this region. We gaze at Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno Lakes, Trébol Lagoon, San Pedro and Llao Llao Peninsulas, Victoria Island; Otto, Lopez, Goye and Cathedral Hills, as well as the city of Bariloche. We continue and pass through the Llao Llao Peninsula, San Eduardo Chapel and Pañuelo Port. Further on, we arrive at the panoramic point, a natural balcony from where it is possible to admire Moreno Lake and the Llao Llao Peninsula. At the end, return to the city.
Day 2 -
Day at leisure to take optional tours. Bariloche offers different alternatives to navigate Nahuel Huapi Lake and get to know unique sites such as the Arrayanes Forest, unique in the world, Puerto Blest and Frias Lake.
Day 3 - breakfast, then transfer out (or can do the day 1 tour on this time if needed by flight schedule). If you want to continue your trip to Chile, we suggest taking the Lake Crossing, which connects the Argentine Patagonia with Puerto Varas in Chile.
Day 1 San Carlos de Bariloche/ Lake Crossing / Puerto Varas.
Early in the morning, we depart from Bariloche towards Pañuelo Port to start the Lake Crossing, which allows us to connect Bariloche with Puerto Varas. Once in Pañuelo Port we embark to navigate Nahuel Huapi Lake up to Puerto Blest. At this point, we take a bus to Alegre Port where we take another boat to cross Frias Lake. After a short boat trip, we arrive at Frias Port and complete the border procedures in order to continue by bus to Peulla where we have lunch (not included). The trip continues navigating De Todos Los Santos Lake and if weather allows, we are able to admire Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanos and Tronador Hill. We disembark in Petrohue and on the way to Puerto Varas; we make a stop at Petrohue Falls to then continue bordering Lake Llanquihue until Puerto Varas
Day 2 Puerto Varas. B
At due time, transfer to the airport to board your flight or you can add on extra days in this area.
Enchanted Lakes Package
Day 1 Bariloche.
Arrival and reception at the airport. After we check in, we explore Bariloche through the small circuit. Our tour borders Nahuel Huapi Lake to Campanario Hill, to which we ascend to obtain excellent views of the surrounding lakes. We continue to Llao Llao Peninsula, San Eduardo Chapel and Pañuelo Port, near there we make a short hike to a forest of Arrayanes. Further on, we arrive at a natural balcony from where we can admire Moreno Lake and Llao Llao Peninsula, from there we start our way back to stop at a brewery to taste some handmade beer. Beer, a tradition brought by immigrants, is one of the main gastronomic and tourist products of the city. An excellent way to end the day.
Day 2 Bariloche. B
Among the infinite options that Bariloche offers, those trekking lovers can choose to reach the Castaño Overa Glacier. During the walk, they will be able to see through the forest a waterfall that emerges from the hanging glacier and further, the Tronador Hill, which is another alternative for trekking. It owes its name to the roars that the ice blocks detachments produce.
Day 3 Bariloche/ Lakes Crossing / Puerto Varas. B
Early in the morning, we depart to Pañuelo Port and start the Lake Crossing or Andean Crossing. First, we sail towards Blest Port, from there we take a bus to Frias Port. At this point, we embark to navigate the Frias Lake until we reach Frias Port where we must complete the border procedures. We continue by bus to Peulla and after lunch (not included), we set sail for Petrohue sailing the De Todos los Santos Lake. If the weather permits, we can enjoy views of Osorno Volcano, Puntiagudo Volcano and Cerro Tronador. We continue to Puerto Varas bordering Llancquihue Lake. Arrival at Puerto Varas and transfer to the hotel.
Day 4 Puerto Varas. B
Day at leisure to enjoy this maritime city making an optional excursion to the Chiloé’s Archipelago, an island with cultural and natural riches that deserves a visit. Explore this mythical island with its colorful wooden churches, 16 of which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Day 5 Puerto Varas / Bariloche. B
Today we return to Argentina by land, enjoying the magnificent view of the Osorno Volcano. We reach Frutillar, Puerto Octay and Puyehue, finally arriving at the border Crossing Paso Cardinal Samore, where we carry out the migratory procedures. Once in Argentina, our next stop is Villa La Angostura from where we take a boat trip to Arrayanes´ Forest, packed of 300-year old tree specimens, declared an Intangible Area and Natural Monument. From there we begin the return sailing to Pañuelo Port, transfer to the hotel.
Day 6 Bariloche. B
Morning at leisure to take an optional kayaking tour in Moreno Lake. At due time, transfer to the local airport to board the scheduled flight.
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.