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Bariloche Day Trips to enjoy during your Spanish course
 
 
 
 
By Carlye Goldman, July 2019.
 
After you’ve worked hard taking Spanish lessons in Bariloche, and you are looking for more activities and places to explore, you can take a well-deserved day trip to see more of Patagonia, Argentina. There are a variety places you can explore and continue to practice your Spanish while doing so.
 
To begin, a trip worth taking during any time of the year, but you’ll experience a Narnia-like feel if you go in the winter is Cerro Tronador. Tronador is Bariloche’s tallest mountain, and gets its name from the sound breaking ice glaciers make. This black-glacier is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking views you will witness, and is the perfect day trip to take after you finish your Spanish course week(s).
 
Mount Tronador and the Black Glacier
 
 
The next must-do day trip is a boat tour to Puerto Blest, where you can cruise across Nahuel Huapi Lake, and learn about the incredible National Park surrounding you. You can see the incredible green waters of Lagos Frías, as well as hike through the rainforest to Cascada de los Cántaros.
 
 
 
 
Lagos Frías, Puerto Blest
 
 
This next excursion you won’t want to miss is exploring the 7 lakes and the quaint town of San Martin de Los Andes. On your way there, you can stop in Villa La Angostura, a charming mountain village where you can browse artisan shops and eat traditional foods at a local restaurant.
 
San Martin de los Andes
 
 
 
El Camino de los Siete Lagos
 
These are just several of various day trips that you’ll definitely want to take advantage of after taking your week(s) Spanish lessons in Bariloche.
Here are a few more places among the multitude worth considering exploring:
 
El Bolsón
Colonia Suiza
Circuito Chico
Victoria Island
Cruce Andino: San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas
Bariloche Horseback Riding Tour
 
There is no better experience than to learn Spanish in Patagonia, Argentina, and explore the abundance of exquisite sites that it has to offer.

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1- First and foremost, CHOCOLATE. Bariloche and Chocolate go hand in hand. If you have a hunger for Chocolate, Bariloche has the best Chocolaterias for you! At every chocolate shop, you can come in and try samples for free. This chocolate scene is unlike one you’ve ever seen before; it’s pure indulgence. In the Winter, Bariloche Chocolaterias have the perfect treat that will warm you up with some of the best hot chocolate you will ever taste.This sounds like the best tour after your Spanish lessons at La Montaña Spanish school! Check out which chocolate shops you will find nearby.



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2 - Next, did you know that on election day’s in Argentina, Bariloche has free bus rides until 6pm! You can check Argentina’s 2019 Electoral Calendar for election days and be sure that you take advantage of riding for free.

Apart from free rides on election days, here is an excellent incentive for skiers and trekkers. Cerro Catedral ski resort offers you free bus rides and free parking as well.

During ski season, Movistar also offers a free bus ride from the city center to the Ski Resort. 


Location: CAPSA Cerro Catedral.


Enjoy these benefits before or after your Spanish course in Bariloche!



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Apart from free rides on election days, here is an excellent incentive for skiers and trekkers. Cerro Catedral ski resort offers you free bus rides and free parking as well.
 



3 - Moving along...if you are a coffee lover and love to enjoy nature in an active way, La Compañia coffee shop offers exactly what you might be looking for.

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At La Compañia coffee shop, you can enjoy a cup of coffee and rent bikes for free. Bariloche is the perfect place to explore while biking. Nature and beautiful architecture at every corner and what better way to experience it while on a bike with the new friends from different countries you meet at La Montaña Spanish school!

Location: Calle Emilio Frey 135, San Carlos de Bariloche R8400GZC, Argentina

Another neat perk for the coffee lovers, Café Delirante offers your 6th cup of coffee for free.

Location: Avenida de los Pioneros 4962, R8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro



4 - In the heart of Bariloche’s Center, you can visit the clock tower in Centro Civico. There is a free guided visit, in which you can participate. You can walk and explore the site of the Civic Center, while discovering stories of key historical events that took place in these surroundings. The guided tour needs to be booked in advance and they only have a few spots available.

If you are taking a Spanish course at La Montaña, you will enjoy this visit as part of our cultural activities.



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5 - Furthermore, Bariloche’s FAB LAB is a great place to go if you’re looking for anything technology related, and there is free WiFi you can enjoy as well. Most restaurants and cafes offer free WiFi, however, at FAB LAB, it offers a unique setting, where you can work creatively in a calm, relaxing environment. This is the first Digital Manufacturing Laboratory in the city and offers a collaborative workspace to design, experiment, and realize projects using innovative technologies.

Students working while travelling can use this excellent co-working free area in Bariloche before or after Spanish lessons.

 

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Location: Juramento 102, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, CP 8400, Argentina





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Last but not least…want to experience Bariloche’s incredible nature and spend a few days trekking? Another amazing benefit for trekking lovers, is the free National Park Entrance.
Explore National Park Nahuel Huapi. The National Park is a vast, protected area in the Lake District of Argentinian Patagonia with its large glacial lake. No fee to enter!
 

Not to mention, just before entering the National Park for free,
you will see this view for free as well.


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Lago Gutierrez.

 

As you can see, Bariloche offers an array of free and fun things to do that will keep you occupied
for quite some time.

 

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Studies show that we learn best in nature. We intuitively know nature makes us happy. At La Montaña, we are offer something unique- to learn Spanish in astounding nature, which means to learn language in a new light.
So, why did you decide to make the leap and study Spanish in the first place? If you are someone who wants to not only learn Spanish but travel with a purpose, then La Montaña can provide you with the perfect opportunity to become immersed in intentional travel.

While learning Spanish and experiencing the beautiful nature of Bariloche, there are opportunities in which you can become involved to further practice your Spanish and help the community and environment.

Not to mention gaining experience in volunteer work, you will receive discounts on Spanish classes when you realize that this opportunity is exactly what you’ve been looking for while traveling and learning a new language.

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(Bariloche’s Recyclers Association)

La Montaña’s ideals
~Vision: to become more
environmentally aware to combat
excessive waste

~Mission: to collect waste that is
then recovered to be sent to
Buenos Aires and recycled

Bariloche’s Recyclers Association is a driven, environmental organization that seeks and welcomes the engagement from La Montañas’ volunteers who are passionate and motivated to make an impact.

When you decide that traveling with a purpose is the route you wish to take, getting involved with La Montaña’s volunteer work mission is an excellent way to pursue this.

This includes tasks carried out by volunteers:

Experience in an environmental project
Practicing Spanish in a cultural immersion
Gaining contacts in a new community as well as meeting new people (partnering with hostels, companies, schools, and discovering ways to help with transportation of recycled goods)

La Montaña is a “green” school and is involved in enhancing social and environmental responsibilities in the community. You will become a participant in spreading the word of the importance to make an impact on our environment through purposeful and meaningful service.
 
Here is a little more information about Bariloche’s Recyclers Association, so you can begin to think about your volunteer project and make an impact.

You separate the waste at home, your company or your work. Then we recover that waste and they are sent on their way to Buenos Aires to be recycled!

How can we help to take better care of our planet?
First, we can start by reducing the amount of garbage that you generate

Separate your waste, especially the dry products

Try to use reusable containers

Bring a reusable bag with you to the grocery store

Prevent animals from breaking your bags

Lastly, you can join the campaign “vehicle for recyclers,” which is used for collection in companies and neighborhood associations
 
You can purchase bags for recycling purposes

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The production process of the Recyclers Association: separating papers, bottles (blue and green), cartons, and more items that need to be separated before sent off to be recycled in Buenos Aires.


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La Montaña Spanish School gaining empathy at the Recyclers Association to better understand how we can help make a difference in the efforts to properly recycle and combat waste issues in beautiful Bariloche.

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So, if you are ready to create your path of traveling with a purpose, La Montaña will guide you with the step in the right direction to get involved in this meaningful journey.

Gabrielle, from the US


 

Rachel, from Canada

Penny y Roberto de UK


Jesse and Leslie, from Seattle


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