The town of San Carlos de Bariloche is considered the gateway to
Southern Patagonia. It
was the first town established in this untamed region in the
1800’s and it has a lively history. It now boasts a modern
airport and a flight from Buenos Aires is under 2 hours in
duration. Flights to Buenos
and other cities in the country are frequent. It is also easy to
arrive to Bariloche from Chile either by land or by a one-day
unique combination of road and lake transportation crossing the
border through the Andes.
Bariloche is situated on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi, a
huge inland lake with a surface area of 200 square miles. The lake
dominates this entire region with spectacular views of the Andes
dominating its western shores and much of it is within the huge
Nacional Park of Nahuel Huapi (prounonced na-well-wappie). The
park extends from the highest peaks of the continental divide to
the beginnings of the steppe of Patagonia to the east. It
encompasses a variety of landforms and vegetative communities that
reveal a cross section of the
temperate zone of the South America ecosystems.
area has often been referred to as the “Switzerland of the
South” and rightly so with it’s mountain terrain, abundant
lakes, and Swiss architecture. The town is an international
tourist destination. It offers fine dining, good shopping and a
cultured aire. It has a selection of accommodations ranging from
simple inns to five star hotels as well as riverside or lakeside
lodges. It has excellent restaurants serving European cuisine,
game, and of course Argentine beef with world -class wines and
many from the vineyards of Mendoza, the wine-growing region to the
North. From here day trips for birding, fishing, horseback riding,
nature tours and hiking as well as ranch visits are available and
all in breathtaking scenery. It is the perfect stop off for the
start of a Patagonia adventure.
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