There’s no doubt Patagonia’s mighty Andes excite and attract thrill-seeking adventurers around the world. The most physically fit and bravest climbers and trekkers have throughout time sought out the But they might seem intimidating to less experienced or younger explorers.
But, no need to worry! There are many more pleasant routes and trails that will still leave the whole family in awe without making you feel exhausted or overwhelmed. We’ve got a few suggestions for family-friendly destinations in Patagonia. The list includes the most approachable spots that every traveler in your clan can truly appreciate!
By far the best view in the Bariloche region is from Cerro Campanario. It’s the most popular for a reason, it’s easy to access and you get a breathtaking 360 view of all the blue lakes in the region. If you decide to walk it on foot, its about a 45 minute steep walk uphill. If you’d rather not walk, there is also a ski-lift option. Because it is so frequently visited, there are comforts when you reach the top—a café, restaurant and bathrooms! This Patagonia walk is not to be missed when you travel to Bariloche. You’ll feel as if the whole world is at your fingertips.
Cerro Llao Llao
Nestled amongst the bright blue lakes of the Bariloche region, Cerro Llao Llao is a small hill with great views of the area. This trail starts off flat for before a gentle incline and at the top it offers a spectacular view over the Nahuel Haupi Lake. It takes a total of 2-3 hours, making it a great option for less-extreme Patagonia walks.
This town established in the 1980s is a heaven for hikers. The most well-known hike that starts in El Chaltén is the Fitz Roy hike. With a spectacular view of the mighty mount Fitz Roy himself, this hike is extremely strenuous even for advanced hikers. However, there are plenty of easier hikes in El Chaltén such as Laguna Torre. This walk takes a few hours but it’s on flat land, and the endpoint is a beautiful view of a glacier lake. Not a bad place to take a rest or lunch break!
Two hours south of Bariloche is the hippy town of El Bolsón. With less tourists but still beautiful mountain scenery, this is a good and less well-known hiking spot. In general, the mountains are less steep and tall then in Bariloche, making it a good place to find Patagonia walks for tamer explorers. There are many short hikes dotted with icy cold lagoons and crystal blue rivers, such as Cajon Azul, Lago Natación, Los Laguitos, etc.
Just a short bus ride away from El Bolsón lies Lago Puelo. This bright blue lake hosts a small national park with short 30minutes to 2 hour hikes around its stunning beauty. You’ll get a variety of views of the water, and they are well worth it.
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