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21 FUN Things to do in Bariloche, Argentina

21 FUN Things to do in Bariloche, Argentina

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San Carlos de Bariloche, referred to as simply Bariloche, was one of our favorite areas to explore in Argentina. If you find yourself planning a trip to Argentina and wondering if Bariloche is worth visiting, the answer is YES!

There are so many things to do in Bariloche, I had trouble narrowing it down. If you’re like me and love the outdoors, this is one of the best areas in the country to visit.

Bariloche is located in the Patagonia region, spread across Argentina and Chile. It’s an outdoor playground with amazing hiking trails, great ski hills, tons of stunning lakes, and delicious chocolate. 

Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, this stunning town welcomes a million visitors annually. A quick 2-hour flight from Buenos Aires will have you in this mountain town ready to explore all the natural beauty the area has to offer. 

After falling in love with the city, here is my list of the absolute best things to do in Bariloche. 

The BEST Things to do in Bariloche

1. Take the gondola or hike up Cerro Otto

ride in a 4 seater gondola at Cerro Otto in Bariloche, Argentina
Ride the gondola up Cerro Otto for an epic view!

We’ll start off with a popular ski hill that offers so much to see and do no matter what time of year you come: Cerro Otto. This is one of the most popular ski destinations in the area, and one of my favorite spots to visit even in warmer months!

In wintertime, you can enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding, sledding, and drinking delicious hot chocolate in the lodge. In the summertime, there are beautiful hiking trails, ziplining adventures, treetop playground adventures, and even art galleries. 

The chairlift on Cerro Otto is the best place to take in the stunning views. You’ll ride in a 4-seat gondola for 12 minutes up 6,890 feet (2,100 meters) of mountainous terrain to the top of the lift. The views from the chairlift are stunning. I felt like a kid peering out the window at the beautiful aerial views as we rode up the mountain.

Tickets are 4,500 Argentinian pesos ($29 USD) for adults, 3,500 pesos ($22 USD) for kids from 6-12, and seniors. The chairlift opens at 10 am with the last ride up at 4:30 pm. The last ride down is at 6:15 pm.

If you are feeling like a challenge, another great way to get to the top is by taking the 5.5 mile (9 km) out and back Cerro Otto hiking trail. This hike is challenging and takes just over 4 hours to complete. The route is well-marked and popular in the summer months. It is common to see other hikers and mountain bikers on the trail.

Once you get to the top, you will be rewarded with stunning views of Lake Gutierrez and Lake Nahuel Huapi. And if you’re too tired to hike down, you can catch the chairlift with a one-way ticket for only 3,000 pesos ($19 USD).

There is lots to do at the top of Cerro Otto including hiking trails and our favorite – the rotating cafeteria. There is truly no bad seat here as it has two speeds and fully rotates in 20 or 40 minutes, meaning you’ll be able to see the entire vista panorama no matter where you sit. The 360° Rotating Cafeteria serves food ranging from Goulash and Spaetzle to pickles, cheese, and pies. 

Related read: Another stunning area of Argentina to explore is the Perito Moreno Glacier. Check out how to get there, the best time to visit and the top tours!

2. Go on a walking tour

view of a building at main civic square in Bariloche, Argentina
Bariloche is a beautiful town to explore.

Walking through a new town is always one of my favorite things to do when traveling. To my surprise, Bariloche is steeped in World War II history. Many Germans who fled the war ended up in Argentina. 

This German footprint walking tour in Bariloche is a 1.5-hour look at the storied town with the help of a guide. It includes stories and facts about the time after World War II and how the town changed and was influenced by immigration from Germany.

The interesting architecture and the town’s sports culture will also be discussed during this tour. The local tour guide is passionate about history, so you learn a lot and hear some really interesting tales along the way. The tour is offered in English and Spanish and is only $23 USD per person.

Related Read: One of our other favorite walking tours in Argentina is in Buenos Aires! You can check out all our recommendations for the best Buenos Aires tours here!

3. Drink local craft beer

Drinking craft beer in Puerto Natales, Chile
Tuck into an ice-cold Patagonia craft beer…Yum!

The craft brewery scene in Bariloche is surprisingly pretty good. You know my love for craft beer, so when the opportunity to enjoy an ice-cold brewski in Bariloche came up, you know I was in! 

The most famous brewery in this area is Cerveza Patagonia. Within the first few moments of being at this Argentinian brewpub, you’ll understand what makes it famous. There’s a certain cabin charm with views of the lake and mountains through the glass wall. In the summer months, there is a patio where you can catch some sun and enjoy the nature views.

While this brewery is certainly the most popular, it is a bit of a drive (about 40 minutes) north of San Carlos de Bariloche. You will want to be comfortable taking a bus or having a rental car to get to Cerveza Patagonia. If you’re looking for some breweries closer to town, Fabrica de Cerveza Blest is a great option serving delicious craft beer and good food.

If you’re a beer snob like me, you’ll want to head over to Wesley Brewery too. If you ask anyone in town, they will all say that this is the best place for beer in Bariloche. While the focus is their beer, their food is also really good. This brewery is located right downtown so you won’t have to travel far to get here.

Related read: El Calafate, Argentina is a town full of Artisanal foods and drinks – we loved the craft beer here for only 100 pesos ($2 USD) during happy hour!

4. Drive the Road of the Seven Lakes 

scenic view at the seven lakes route in Bariloche, Argentina
Photo credit: Tangol Tours

The Road of the Seven Lakes is a famous drive in the area of Bariloche. This particular stretch of road drives past 7 absolutely stunning lakes: Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner, Hermoso, and Machonico – hence the name. In total, the trip from Bariloche to San Martin de Los Andes is 118 miles (190 km) and takes around 3.5 hours each way. 

While the drive is stunning, combined it is nearly 248 miles (400 km) or a 7-hour round trip – and that’s if you don’t make any stops! If you’re looking to do this drive yourself, we recommend breaking it into two days so you can see the sights and not feel rushed. It will also ensure that you don’t get too tired while driving the roads.

To break up the trip, stay around the halfway point in Villa La Angostura. For a mountain lodge hidden among the flowered forests, Hosteria Puertas Del Sol is a great choice. It has a beautiful view of the nearby lake and an outdoor pool.

If you’d rather travel all the way to San Martin de Los Andes, Hotel Antiguos is a central hotel in the small town made of stone and wood. Besides the charming exterior, the rooms have large windows with views of the mountains, and a buffet breakfast is included.

The best time to do this mini road trip is in Argentina’s spring and summer months from December to April. This will give you warm weather and spring flowers. The town of Bariloche and the surrounding area along the drive are situated in the mountains, which can get quite snowy in the winter months, leaving the roads less safe to travel.

If you’d rather just enjoy the sights and not have the stress of driving, this day trip tour from Bariloche is a great option. Not having to worry about directions or driving allowed both of us to take in the scenery and the sights. It includes round trip transfer from your hotel in Bariloche. The tour will take you along the road of the Seven Lakes with many stops to take photos on the way to San Martin de Los Andes where you’ll be able to explore the town for 3 hours.

You will also get to see the famous Patagonian landscape with Swiss-inspired architecture. After you see all the sights, you’ll be back in town around 5 pm. The tour is around $107 USD.

5. Take a photo with the Bariloche sign

Take a photo with the Bariloche sign in Argentina
What a view!

Something we love to do in every new area we visit is to take a photo in front of the city sign. This makes for great memories to look back on and helps us to remember all the beauty in the places we visit. 

When we made our way to the Bariloche sign, we didn’t expect anything more than our typical photo op, what we got was so much more! Much to our delight, visiting the Bariloche city sign came with an absolutely stunning lake view. 

Although just a quick stop, this is one of the most iconic free things to do in Bariloche. 

6. Visit the Cathedral Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi 

Visit the Cathedral Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche, Artgentina
This cathedral is impressive to see in person.

One of the biggest attractions that is easy to get to is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi. It’s located right downtown near the Centro Cívico (number 8 on our list), which makes it easy to see both together! 

Entry to this cathedral is by donation making it a great stop on a downtown Bariloche walking tour.

Architecture and history buffs will love exploring this 1940s-built Catholic Cathedral. It features beautiful stained glass and vaulted ceilings – we definitely recommend stopping by this breathtaking cathedral even to just admire the architecture.

7. Eat Patagonian food at Experiencia Patacón By Lucho Remiro

Traditional food at Experiencia Patacón By Lucho Remiro
Photo credit: Experiencia Patacón By Lucho Remiro
Steak at Experiencia Patacón By Lucho Remiro in Bariloche
Photo credit: Experiencia Patacón By Lucho Remiro in Bariloche

If you’re like us and want to immerse yourself in culture (and you love to eat!), the Experiencia Patacon By Lucho Remiro is the place you want to be. 

This is the top-rated restaurant in Bariloche and is definitely worth the 15-minute drive west. We liked that it’s an authentic Argentinian grill that serves great drinks and desserts.

The restaurant is in a log cabin building that has spectacular views. It has a grill area where you can watch your food cooking in an open-air oven. You may come hungry but you’ll leave very full – the portions are huge!

You can expect to pay around $4,500-5,000 pesos for a main here or in around the $30 USD range. While meat is definitely the specialty (roast lamb slow-cooked over the fire is one of the best dishes!), there were surprisingly some vegetarian options, too.

8. Wander Centro Cívico Bariloche

The Bariloche Civic Center in Argentina
The center area in Bariloche.

In the downtown core sits the Centro Cívico – the civic center of Bariloche. This area features a main square made out of stone slabs encircled by stone fort-like buildings. 

One of the buildings in the square is the Francisco Moreno Museum of Patagonia. There’s a large collection of artifacts here divided among different rooms – each with a different theme. You’ll see everything from animal species to tools and weapons and preserved pottery. Admission is by donation and the museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm (closed from 12:30-2 for lunch) and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Mitre Street is an old stone street that is one of the main streets here. It’s lined with shops (including the best chocolate shops!), hotels, and restaurants. There are big walking pathways, so you don’t have to worry about crowds or dodging traffic. It’s the perfect place to pick up a sweet treat or a souvenir to bring home.

If you have even more time, the Paleontological Museum in Bariloche is quite interesting and worth the visit. You’ll see lots of fossils here including some that are hundreds of millions of years old! Take a photo of the dinosaur egg for sure. Admission is free and the museum is open Monday to Saturday from 4-7 pm.

9. Hike Cerro Tronador

The hanging glacier on Cerro Tronador
The Hanging Glacier is a highlight on this trail.
Bailey hikes through the snow on Cerro Tronador near Bariloche, Argentina
On top of the world!

Hiking Cerro Tronador was one of of favorite activities that we did while in Bariloche.

While it is less popular than other hikes in the area, the entire experience completely blew us away. You’ll see lakes, rivers, and glaciers as you make your way through the area.

Cerro Tronador is located 56 miles (90 km) outside Bariloche in Nahuel Huapi National Park. The best way to get to this hike is with a rental car, shuttle bus, or taking a guided tour. You can expect about a 2-hour shuttle bus ride that departs daily from Bariloche in the early morning.

The hike from Pampa Linda to the base of Cerro Tronador is an 8.7 mile (14 km) hike that took us about 4.5 hours. Starting in a lush forest, the hike up the mountain is quite challenging. As you ascend the mountain, you will begin walking on volcanic rock and be completely exposed to the elements. Be sure to dress appropriately and bring a lot of water, a good sun hat, and sunscreen – you will need it! 

The hike back down the mountain was definitely easier and took us about 3 hours. This hike is well worth the effort. You will need to pay a national park entrance fee of $2,700 pesos ($18.56 USD).

If you’re not an avid hiker but want to enjoy the stunning panoramic mountain views, you can take a guided tour up the mountain. This 8-hour tour includes a round-trip transfer from your hotel in Bariloche and takes you past all the best sights. Your guide will take you through the town of Pampa Linda and then take a guided walk to the Ventisquero Negro Glacier and views of the peaks of Cerro Tronador. The tour costs $88 USD but does not include the national park entrance fee so you will want to bring money for that.

Related read: Another epic hiking adventure in Patagonia is to tackle the famous Torres del Paine W-Trek! We’ve recently updated our guide to booking that hike, so you’ll have all the up-to-date info.

10. Visit Cerro Catedral

view at the ski resort in Cerro Cathedral Bariloche, Argentina

Cerro Catedral Mountain is located 12 miles (19 km) from San Carlos de Bariloche. It is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere and one of those must-do things in Bariloche. 

The 32 chair lifts found on the mountain connect the 75 miles (120 km) of slopes. You will find great restaurants, ski rental shops, and lots of choices for accommodation on the ski and snowboard hills as well.

This area is great to visit, no matter what time of year you visit. In the summer months, you will enjoy beautiful sightseeing, great hikes, fantastic mountain biking trails, climbing trails, delicious restaurants, and more. In the winter, the area comes alive being one of the most popular skiing destinations in the country. 

The road to the Cerro Catedral is well maintained all year round and has ample parking making it easy to get to. While a rental car is the easiest mode of transportation, the Mi Bus, taxis, and guided tours are other great options. 

To ride the #55 Mi Bus, you will need to get a SUBE card. If you’ve traveled to Buenos Aires, you will likely already have one of these cards that can be used here as well. If you need to buy a pass, you can do so at many of the local shops in Bariloche.

If the bus isn’t your thing, this half-day tour to Cerro Cathedral peak costs $33 USD and includes round-trip transfer from your Bariloche hotel. This tour will get you to the mountain where you will have free time to explore the area. You can go on some nice hikes or take the ski lift to the base of the mountain where you will find a little village full of restaurants and cafes. 

11. Then hike to Refugio Frey

refugio Frey near Bariloch
It’s such a cute mountain hut!

If you’re looking for a challenge, this hike to Refugio Frey is a great option. Starting from Cerro Cathedral, you can expect this 11.6 mile (18.7 km) out-and-back hike to take just over 6 hours to complete. Once you arrive at Refugio Frey, you can even spend the night to soak in the views and relax after your hike.

Tip: Before you go hiking in Nahuel Huapi National Park, you MUST register here before you go. Hiking in the park is free, but it’s mandatory to fill out one form per hiking party. Make sure you bookmark that page as you can only register a max of 48 hours in advance of your hike.

There are some steep sections and I’d say this is certainly a challenging hike that rewards with some stunning mountain and lake views. The trail is well-marked throughout making it easy to navigate.

The first 3 miles (4.8 km) of the hike is a relatively easy trail which then transitions to a more challenging trek. You will be navigating over rocky terrain with the last quarter of the trail being open and exposed to the elements. Come prepared with a hat, sunscreen, and good hiking boots. 

To stay at Refugio Frey, you can camp outside for free or stay inside, but you’ll need to book a spot online here for either option. There are 35 beds along with a kitchen and dining room. All the beds are supplied with blankets and pillows – some refugios aren’t, so this is good to note.

A stay overnight is $3,500 pesos ($22 USD) or you can choose to have all your meals included (and not have to haul food uphill with you!) by choosing the full board option for $11,500 pesos ($73 USD) per night. If you aren’t planning to stay overnight, you can also grab an affordable meal here before hiking back down.

This hike is most popular in warmer months, between December and April when hiking conditions are more manageable (summer months in Argentina). The hike offers a few different routes and begins at the car park at Cerro Cathedral. I’d recommend walking route 1 to the top and returning via route 2 so you get some variation to your walk. 

12. Visit Victoria Island and the Arrayanes Forest 

wooden stairs in Los Arrayanes National Park in Bariloche, Argentina
The forest is stunning.

If you’re someone who enjoys the outdoors, you’re going to love visiting the Quetrihué peninsula – where both Victoria Island and the Arrayanes Forest can be found.

The only way to see both of these spots is by boat are they are surrounded by Lake Nahuel Huapi. There are catamarans that leave from the Puerto Pañuelo pier, but we opted for this boat tour, so everything was taken care of for us. The tour was about 7 hours long, including pick-up from our hotel in Bariloche and two stops on the island and peninsula.

One of the stops is Bosque de Arrayanes which is in the Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes. Here you’ll get to see 300-year-old trees which have distinct light brown twisted trunks. It looks like a photograph out of a children’s fairytale book.

Isla Victoria is the other stop on this tour. Victoria Island features white sand beaches, lush forests, and crystal clear water. We recommend coming in the summer so you can take advantage of the beautiful water and jump in and swim – it hovers around 57°F (14°C) in peak summer. We found this tour to be great value and well worth the $60 USD each.

13. Eat chocolate and visit the Museo del Chocolate Havanna 

Museo del Chocolate Havanna sign
This place is a must-visit for chocolate lovers!
Museo del Chocolate Havanna

If you’re a true chocolate lover or are just looking for something to do on a rainy day in Bariloche, the Museo del Chocolate Havanna is the place to be.

It features the history of chocolate in the area. The tour is quick but is a great way to learn about the chocolate-making process and best of all – sample some chocolate!

There is also a cafe that has some of the best hot chocolate we’ve ever had. You can also get some food here with the selection changing depending on the time of year. Just keep in mind that this is not a tour through the chocolate factory but instead a guide explaining the history of chocolate in the area. The entrance fee is around $150 pesos ($1 USD) and gives you a discount on any chocolate you buy after.

14. Go horseback riding

horseback riding near the andes mountain in Bariloche, Argentina
Can you imagine horseback riding in a more beautiful place?!

Horseback riding in different countries has become one of my favorite ways to see an area. It’s a relaxing experience, that often leads to some stunning viewpoints.

We took this half-day horseback riding tour that started at one of the oldest ranches in the area, which spans over 62,000 acres. We got the chance to ride in the foothills of the Andes, the Patagonian steppe, and even into the forest. The expert guide was also great at pointing out wildlife along the way.

The tour includes two hours of riding time for a cost of $132 USD. If you’re not a confident rider, not to worry! This tour includes basic riding techniques for beginners.

The tour also features a yummy three-course lunch with a traditional asado (a feast of barbecued meats) along with an open bar. There are two tour times to choose from: the morning and the afternoon. The morning option will end with the barbeque lunch and the afternoon tour will start with the barbeque.

15. Visit Cascada de Los Duendes and Mirador Lago Gutierrez

The view at Mirador Lago Gutierrez near Bariloche, Argentina
Mirador Lago Gutierrez

Cascada de Los Duendes translates to Waterfall of the Goblins, which was enough to grab my attention right off the bat. While it’s a small waterfall, it’s still a beautiful spot to visit.

Cascada de Los Duendes is located 10 miles (16 km) east of Bariloche and is easily accessible by rental car or city bus. If you are wanting to take the bus, you will need to take Bus #50 to Villa Los Coihues. If you are renting a car in Argentina, you will find a parking lot at the National Parks Control Post.

The walk to the waterfall is an easy 1,312-foot (400-meter) walk making it a great family-friendly activity no matter your fitness level. If you’re looking for more adventure, there are a number of longer hiking trails in the area as well. These falls get relatively busy on hot summer days so I recommend going early in the day if you can.

Be sure to keep walking and head to Mirador Lago Gutierrez. The views are fantastic, and to me, the waterfall is not even the main attraction! In fact, it’s only an average waterfall, so if that’s all you are interested in, you may be disappointed.

Related read: If you are planning to drive around Argentina, make sure to read our guide to renting a car in Patagonia!

16. Hike Cerro Llao Llao 

view from Cerro Llao Llao viewpoint at Bariloche, Argentina
This is another one of my favorite hikes in Bariloche.

When in Patagonia, you’ll want to do as many hikes through the area as possible!

One of the best is the hike to Cerro Llao Llao. This 3.5 mile (5.6 km) out-and-back hike is one of the easier hikes in the area taking about 2 hours to complete. This hike is well-protected in a forested area that is very popular so you can expect to see other hikers on your trek.

To get to Cerro Llao Llao, you can easily do so by rental car or take a city bus. If you take a bus, you will need to get a SUBE card and board the #20 bus from Avenida San Martin to Circuito Chico. The bus ride costs $35 pesos ($0.23 USD) and you will want to take the second to last stop at Puerto Pañuelo. Once getting off the bus, walk down Circuito Chico and follow the path to a forested area where the Sendero de Los Arrayanes trailhead will be on your left-hand side. 

Once on the hike, you will enjoy stunning views of both Lake Moreno and Lake Nahuel Huapi as well as the stunning mountains in the area. The trail is well-marked and easy to navigate making it a great option for most travelers. 

17. Go kayaking

Kayaking in the beautiful lakes of Bariloche, Argentina
Photo credit: Andemita
enjoying the scenery while kayaking in Bariloche, Argentina
Photo credit: Andemita

Paddling on the water is one of our favorite things to do no matter what country we’re in. It’s so peaceful when you’re coasting along the water between paddles while enjoying the scenery. There are so many beautiful lakes around Bariloche that we had trouble picking which one we wanted to kayak!

This kayak paddling adventure tour helped us narrow it down! The tour takes you to Moreno Lake or Nahuel Huapi or both, depending on if you’re an experienced kayaker or not. It comes with all the gear you need and an open agenda, so you can customize the itinerary.

This day spent on the lakes of Northern Patagonia quickly became one of our top things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche. We didn’t have to plan a thing, so we could just enjoy. The fiberglass kayaks offered a super smooth ride and we even paddled to an isolated beach for lunch and swimming!

Everything you need is included in the $160 USD tour cost – from transportation to lunch and all your gear. It’s an easy adventure to book for your time in Bariloche.

18. White water rafting

white water rafting in Bariloche, Argentina
Photo credit: Tangol Tours

A step up from gentle kayaking, get the adrenaline pumping by navigating some rapids!

This white water rafting tour takes you rafting along a section of the Manso River. The route goes through some of the most amazing scenery and ends near the border of Chile. You’ll navigate some narrow canyons and rapids with names like Scrambled Egg! During the calm sections, you can enjoy the beauty of the Andes around you. Make sure to look up to spot Andean condors soaring above.

You will be picked up from your hotel and get to relax while you get to the starting point. This tour includes everything you need including a wetsuit, a professional guide, and even coffee and croissants – well worth the $211 USD.

Related read: Rafting down the Rio de Las Vueltas is one of the best things to do in El Chalten, Argentina!

19. Drink Argentinian wine 

food and wine at Patagonia Vinos in Bariloche, Argentina
Photo credit: Patagonia Vinos
outside view of Patagonia Vinos Wine Store in Bariloche, Argentina
Photo credit: Patagonia Vinos

Argentina has quite a reputation in the wine world. If you are a wine lover like me, you have to try some of the delicious wines produced here!

Specializing in Malbec, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wines in the area are SO good. Argentina has 7 distinct wine regions all with their different take on delicious wine. 

One of the best ways to get a taste of all the different Argentinian wines is to visit the Patagonia Vinos store right in downtown Bariloche. Here you can buy delicious wine from all over the country – so you’ll definitely find something you like.

This is a great place to go for a wine tasting where you can sample different types of wines. The staff here is great at giving you a lot of information about the wine you are trying.

Plus it’s not just about the wine here …. you know what I love with wine, charcuterie boards, and this place sure delivers. Located right across the street from the lake, this place had me sipping fine wine and eating delicious Argentinian meats and cheeses – talk about a great day!

The store is open 10 am – 9 pm Monday – Saturday and closed on Sundays.

20. Dine at Restaurant Punto Panorámico 

Having beers with a view at Restaurant Punto Panorámico 
Photo credit: Restaurant Punto Panorámico 
View at Restaurant Punto Panorámico 
Photo credit: Restaurant Punto Panorámico 

Enjoying a nice meal at Punto Panorámico is one of the tastiest things to do in Bariloche. If you appreciate delicious food served in an absolutely stunning setting, then this restaurant is a must-visit.

Despite the stunning lake and mountain views the restaurant offers, the price point is affordable making this one of our favorite restaurants in the area. The restaurant is located about a half an hour’s drive west of the city, making it a great option if you have a rental car.

Every seat in the restaurant has a stunning view of the area, so even if it’s busy, you’ll get a good table. A massive menu will have you enjoying everything from sandwiches and burgers to pizzas and pasta. There are even a lot of vegan and vegetarian options.

Then when you’re done with your meal, there is a nice area to take some great photos with the stunning backdrop.

21. Go fishing 

enjoy the beautiful scenery while fishing in Bariloche, Argentina
Photo credit: Trout Bariloche

When in Argentina, what better lake activity is there than a day fishing on the water? If you love fishing and find yourself in the area during the summer months, make sure to spend a day on the lake.

If you are looking for a guided fishing experience, this all-inclusive full-day guided fishing tour has it all! Built for luxury, this tour includes a round-trip transfer from your hotel in Bariloche, all your fishing gear, drinks including alcoholic ones, a delicious Argentine steak lunch, snacks, and a guided chartered fishing boat.

No experience is required – if you’re new to fishing the staff aboard this fishing tour will happily teach you all you need to know to enjoy your day on the water. You’ll be fishing for wild rainbow and brown trout in the clear waters of Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Prices range for this tour from $400-550 USD per group of 2 people depending on the fishing charter you choose.

Where to Stay in Bariloche, Argentina

a bed in a beautiful luxury hotel room with mountain views from the window
Imagine sleeping here with these views! Photo Credit: Arelauquen Bungalows

Whether you are preparing to explore all the amazing Bariloche activities or need a place to rest after a long hiking day we recommend staying right in Bariloche. There are a lot of accommodation options to choose from, so here’s our list of the top hostels and hotels for any budget to make planning easier.

Budget Hostels in Bariloche

Hospedaje Penthouse 1004

For just around $29 USD for a dorm bed, you can have yourself an epic view from the hostel’s penthouse lounge and dining areas. It is a super cozy and homey place to stay and breakfast is included daily. It’s right on the main square so getting around couldn’t be easier. They also have private rooms with shared baths.

You can book Hospedaje Penthouse 1004 on either or Hostelworld.

HOPA-Home Patagonia Hostel & Bar

Located several streets away from the main party zone you will be able to sleep without all the noise. Plus the hostel has an on-site bar if you want to socialize with other travelers. A dorm bed here starts at $22 USD and this property includes breakfast and has an averaged-size shared kitchen, free wifi, and luggage storage provided. One of the main cons here is the limited number of bathrooms.

You can book HOPA-Home Patagonia Hostel on either or Hostelworld.

Mid-range Hotel in Bariloche

Hotel Aspen Ski

An affordable, modernized hotel that is centrally located. A double room averages $95 USD a night and they are clean and spacious. You get a complimentary breakfast buffet and the lobby has a game room with a pool and poker table.

Luxury Hotel in Bariloche

Arelauquen Bungalows & Suites 

Located on the Arelauquen Golf Pro and Country Club this facility is truly beautiful! They offer entire bungalows that hold 2-4 adults and have a full kitchen, balcony, and spa tub. You will have incredible lake views around the property and most rooms. It has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and a spa. At just $210 USD for a two-person bungalow, this place is a steal. The only con is being a 25-minute drive from downtown.

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Bailey and Daniel take a selfie at sunset on the Cerro Tronador Hike near Bariloche, Argentina
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We had so much fun exploring Bariloche and found the city packed full of exciting activities. If you’re heading to Argentina, we highly recommend stopping in Bariloche to explore the area. We hope you liked reading about all the many things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche and that it helped you plan your trip. 

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