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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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Suggested itineraries featuring Bariloche

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Bariloche, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Bariloche

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Bariloche. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hotel Aldebaran

      Aldebarán Hotel & Spa

      Medium

      Overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi, Aldebarán Hotel is surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

    • Hosteria Peuma Hue, Bariloche

      Hosteria Peuma Hue

      Medium

      Built on the shores of Lago Gutierrez, and set within the idyllic landscapes of Nahuel Huapi National Park, Hostería Peuma Hue is a unique accommodation choice in Bariloche.

    • View from the pool at Hotel el Casco, Bariloche

      El Casco Art Hotel

      First Class

      Located 11km from the centre of Bariloche, Hotel El Casco boasts 33 rooms with spectacular views across Nahuel Huapi Lake.