Bariloche & the Lakes District

Outdoor activities abound in this magnificent Lake District, located around the city of Bariloche, founded by Swiss immigrants in the 20th century. The European visitor will find the Alpine chalets, the fondue and chocolate factories… quite familiar. The landscapes, flora and fauna though, are truly Patagonian.

You are in the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, 770 000 hectares, founded in 1920. In 1931, the Andine Club of Bariloche was created and started building mountain refuges and opening trails across the surrounding Andes.

  • In the winter (June to September), the visitor can enjoy an authentic skiing paradise in Mount Catedral , the biggest ski resort in South America, or in the smaller charming resorts of Villa La Angostura or San Martín de los Andes. From the peaks, the panoramic view over the lakes is absolutely breath-taking.
  • In the summer (November to March), it is the ideal place for outdoor activities: trekking, mountain-biking, climbing, golf, horse-riding, fly-fishing, sailing, kayaking… The lakes can also be navigated, allowing you to enjoy the incredible beauty of the unspoiled natural surroundings.

Looking for a relaxing stay? The whole region offers a wide variety of places to rest and enjoy some leisure time at the end of a busy day. Chocolate and beer-tasting will complement the spas and wellness activities – meditating by a Patagonian sunset is a truly rewarding experience.