Bariloche is one of those special places that you feel lucky to have discovered. Sitting on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi and surrounded by scenic mountains, Bariloche (actually, San Carlos de Bariloche) is the capital of Argentina’s Lake District. It is known for its great hiking, winter skiing and surprisingly, to some of the best, homemade chocolate in South America, courtesy of the many original Swiss and German settlers. If you are planning a trip to Bariloche, here are a few suggestions of things to do in Bariloche.
Two of the most popular activities in Bariloche are hiking and mountain biking, which is no wonder as Bariloche is surrounded by some of the Andes’ most impressive peaks: Mount Tronador, Cerro Catedral and Cerro Lopez. To appreciate Bariloche’s mountainous scenery as well as warm up for one of the many local hikes, start off with a bike ride and tour the “Cirquito Chico” or “Little Route” that winds around lakeside villages and passes the stunning Llao Llao Provincial Forest (and plush hotel). It is an easy ride and allows for some great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to stop by one of the areas local micro-breweries for a refreshing pint.
If you don’t fancy a pub lunch, consider an Argentine picnic. Before the bike ride, pick up some salami, smoked cheese, fresh baked bread and stuffed olives at a local deli, as well as a bottle of tasty Malbec and some local chocolate. Store it carefully in your day-pack, so you don’t squish the chocolate, and start biking. As you cruise alongside the blue lakes that surround lush, almost tropical Llao Llao forest, feel free to stop along the way for a picture perfect photo opportunity.
Once you arrive to the park’s walking trails, lock your bike up and stroll along the well-marked trails, exploring lakeside hidden trails and tree covered hills that appear to have not yet been discovered. Then, when your appetite finds the perfect spot to relax, sit down and enjoy your picnic. Don’t be surprised if you see some locals drinking mate (local herbal tea) from a carved gourd or polished cow’s hoof, and if they offer you a sip, give it a try…and you may find yourself having invited to a dinner party!
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