Along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi and right in the middle of Nahuel Huapi National Park lies the picturesque town of Bariloche, in Argentina’s Patagonia. The name Bariloche comes from the word Vuriloche which means “people from behind the mountain”, an apropos name given the soaring peaks that serve as the town’s backdrop. It’s a divine winter and summer destination with a wealth of terrain for both hiking, skiing and water sports that serve up the most idyllic views in all of Northern Patagonia, if not the world. It’s also a perfect weekend getaway while working remotely with YonderWork in Buenos Aires! Here are some tips for making this travel destination a truly special one:
When To Go to bariloche
Bariloche’s colder season is from May to October and is warm from November to March, but it’s high season generally extends throughout the entire year. Because of it’s landscape with unbeatable lakes, mountains and valleys, visitors will be able to enjoy all the town has to offer no matter when they visit.
How To Get There
There’s a 24-hour bus journey from Buenos Aires to Bariloche and tickets can be purchased at the Retiro Station in Buenos Aires through any of these travel options: http://www.omnilineas.com/argentina/bus/retiro/bariloche/. There are also daily flights from Buenos Aires to Argentina depending on your time and financial constraints.
Where To Stay
Bariloche offers an abundant array of accommodations all moderately priced even during the high seasons. Depending on your budget, Hostel 41 Below and Hostel Pudu are great, cheaper options while Hotel Llao Llao and the Arlauquen Lodge are the most luxurious in the area. The great thing is that all places in Bariloche whether inexpensive or top-notch offer some of the best views you’ll see in your lifetime!
Things To Do
Centro Cívico is in the center of Bariloche and is one of the first things you should do to acquaint yourself with the town and people. It’s a nice stroll, lined with beautiful log and stone buildings with classic, postcard-like views over the lake. Once in the center, don’t forget to take a picture with one of the Saint Bernards! From Centro Cívico, you’ll pass Museo de la Patagonia which showcases the important parts of Patagonia’s history and early settlement. You’ll also want to hop into the EXtremo Sur office which offers some of the best trips and excursions along the river before the Chilean border so you can plan the next days of your trip!
By Arielle Crane @aricrane