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A pretty town with an Alpine feel and a thriving chocolate industry, Bariloche (San Carlos de Bariloche) is a good base for explorations around the Argentinian Lake District.

Set on the shores of the Lago Nahuel Huapi and backed up against Cerro Otto (Otto Hill), this town thrives all year round as visitors flock to the region for sightseeing and sports (including skiing).

Bariloche's history

View of Brazo Tristeza (Lake Nahuel Huapi), with Mt. Tronador in the distanceThe roots of modern Bariloche come from German settlers who came over from Chile at the turn of the 20th century, once the native population of the area was defeated.

In the 1930s, with the creation of a southern railway link and the bestowing of a National Park title on the region, Bariloche grew. Initially growth was in an ordered Western European style, but more modern times have seen a somewhat haphazard development.

Nevertheless, Bariloche is an interesting town and ideally placed and geared for trips around the region.

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