"Learning Spanish in the Mountains" San Carlos de Bariloche by barryg23

San Carlos de Bariloche Travel Guide: 287 reviews and 681 photos

With its snow-capped mountains and bright blue lakes, it's little surprise that Bariloche is one of the most popular destinations in Argentina. It's not so much the town itself as its location in the heart of the Lake District that attracts the visitors. The town is full of cafes, restaurants, hotels and chocolate shops - Bariloche is known all over Argentina for its excellent chocolate. It can feel incredibly touristy, especially in the summer months of January and February when accommodation is limited and the crowds are everywhere.

We spent two weeks in the Bariloche area, and we were lucky enough to find some wonderful accommodation in a mountain hut near Lake Gutierrez, 12 km outside town. This was arranged through our Spanish teacher and as we were visiting early in the season - November - we were given a great deal on accommodation.

Our mornings were spent learning Spanish, while weekends and afternoons saw us hiking the trails close to town. The scenery in this area is unbelievable and while we saw plenty in two weeks, there was much we just didn't get a chance to see. Bariloche is also a popular ski centre in the winter months - I imagine it's a great place to visit at any time of year.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful lakes and mountains, good tourist infrastructure
  • Cons:Very touristy, relatively expensive, busy at peak times
  • In a nutshell:A great place to learn Spanish
  • Last visit to San Carlos de Bariloche: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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