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Bariloche guide

San Carlos de Bariloche is a small town in a privileged location in Northwest Patagonia - located by a national park, at the shores of lake Nahuel Huapi in the foothills of the Andes.

Bariloche is one of the most incredible places in Argentina, a popular traveler destination and the Capital of Adventure in Argentina. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes, the city offers majestic sceneries and breathtaking views, some of which have been voted Top 10 best views in the world.

Bariloche has the biggest ski center in South America and a heaven for all outdoor lovers, sports enthusiasts and travelers alike. The area offers endless opportunities for outdoor sports, adventures or relaxing days in the nature.

Bariloche Quick Facts

  • Location: Situated in the foothills of the Andes, in the heart of Nahuel Huapi National Park, Río Negro Province, Patagonia.
  • Population: 120,000 permanent inhabitants.
  • 893m elevation, cool climate, 4 seasons: pleasant summers (Dec -February) and white winters (June- Aug).
  • The biggest ski resort in South America and a heaven for all sports enthusiasts and travelers.

How to get in Bariloche?

Bariloche is a popular town and is easily accessible by bus or plane from Buenos Aires and many other interesting towns.  Both the local airport and the bus station are only 5 to 15 minutes from city center by taxi or local bus.

By Plane:

Several airlines fly daily from and to Bariloche, connecting Chalten, Calafate, Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia in Patagonia or Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Salta, Iguazu and Cordoba.

To check for up to date timetables and prices, please visit their websites:
http://www.aerolineas.com.ar/home.asp http://plane.lan.com/index-es-ar.html

By Bus:

A cheaper option is to travel by bus, which leaves daily from Buenos Aires and takes at least 20 hours. The Bus network in Argentina is very popular so there are plenty of different companies. Often it is even possible to find buses with “camas” (beds). 
Our students receive very good deals for the best bus companies, please, email us if you are interested. 

What to do in Bariloche?

Bariloche offers distinct scenery and a great range of activities in all four seasons, all easily accessible from the town center and the school. Below are our Top 5 Recommendations in 6 different categories.


  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Trekking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Kayak
  • Yoga


  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Kite and Wind-Surfing
  • Canopy/Zip-Lining
  • Horseback Riding


  • Chocolate artesanal
  • Empanadas
  • Cordero
  • Patagónico
  • Picada con cerveza
  • Alfajores y helados


  • Cerro Otto
  • Cerro Campanario
  • Refugio Frey
  • Circuito Chico
  • Cerro Catedral


  • Isla Victoria/Bosque de Arrayanes
  • Los Siete Lagos
  • El Tronador
  • El Bolsón
  • Villa Angostura


  • Ruta 40
  • Puerto Montt
  • Puerto Madryn
  • Glaciar Perito Moreno
  • Volcán Villarrica