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The beauty of Bariloche....

Everyone who'd been there told us Bariloche was beautiful, and how right they were.

Not the town, which, hotels and restaurants aside, doesn't have a lot to offer beyond a long street seemingly lined with chocolate makers, knitwear emporiums and icecreameries; a small museum and a tall-steepled, grey-stone cathedral. The true glory of Bariloche lies in its wonderful location. The town is set down beside Lake Nahuel Huapi, the largest of the lakes of Northern Patagonia, and ringed by the mountains that make this a mecca for skiiers and trekkers at different times of the year - the centre of a region of absolutely stunning natural beauty.

The long-time favourite of holidaying Argentinians, and now a firmly-established destination on the incoming-tourist trail, I'm sure there must be times when the crowds outweigh the pleasure ... but this was not the case for us. Early November is just the beginning of the summer season so nowhere was crowded and there were places we went that we could call all our own entirely. Each day took us into a world where Nature reigned supreme - days of relaxed excursions over and around the lake to deep enchanted forests, panoramic viewpoints, an eerie landscape of black ice ....

I've no doubt there are bars and nightspots aplenty in the town, but you'll have to look elsewhere to find word of those. All that sunshine and fresh air found us dining fairly early with a bottle of good Argentinian red, sampling some of the aforementioned icecream, and falling asleep as our heads hit the pillow. By the time we got to the airport to take our next flight we were so relaxed we took a cancelled flight and a six hour delay in our stride!


  • Last visit to San Carlos de Bariloche: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2011 at 7:43 AM

    One of the most beautiful places on earth! I loved walking out onto my balcony and seeing the sun coming up over the lake, it was magnificent!
    Seems you did a whole lot in Argentina and had a great time:)

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2009 at 7:06 AM

    Stunning is the word for the scenery. Fabulous hotel accomodation... loved the little church.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Another well written Argentinian page. Bravo. SL :)

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2007 at 8:47 AM

    Beautiful scenery, excellent photography. You are right we need to visit more of Argentina.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2007 at 3:54 AM

    Loved this area too and was amazed at how Swiss it looked. Great info/pics on this beautiful area, Leyle.

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Great page Leyle, your photos are fantastic. I think we'll spend a long time in this area. I'll remember to avoid the Weiss restaurant!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    As you say the scenery is absolutely gorgeous!! It is hard to go wrong with blue skies, snow-capped peaks and lakes! Your tours sounded fantastic and makes me want to visit Argentina again. Glad that Ripio Turismo was of such help too!

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Wow! wonderful page, fantastic photos and very helpful and useful information, great detail! This sounds like a wonderful place to visit, thank you for sharing with us! :o)

  • Feb 4, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    another classic leyle page! while seeing the photos in real life in your albums is a treat, the chance to read such beautiful words online is also nice. i love your descriptions on this magic place!

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2007 at 9:14 AM

    Wonderful page Leyle! Your intro photo got me dreaming already, the rest of your page makes me dream even more of going here. Hahaha, and the chocoholic tip made me a 100% sure! Fantastic nature AND chocolate, it can't get any better then that :-)))

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