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1. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Anyone been to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina?
i heard it's nice there and popular with chocolate + beautiful scenery.

2. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 9y

Bariloche is a "must to visit" in Patagonia...
Landsacape is amazing and yes also the popular chocolate. there you can book trekking and walk trips...
The turism offer Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, rides on special vehicles, mountaineering for experts...

3. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

absolutly true,Bariloche and the surrounding is beautyful,also in Summertime without snow.
El Dorado for chocolade addicts,you smell it everywhere in this little town....
Very beautyful is the lake crossing tour to Puerto Montt/Chile.

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Yea, are there any train or bus to Bariloche?

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

there are buses,train I dont think so.
You can go also from/to Chile by bus

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Lots of buses - no trains.

I did a lake cruise from Pto. Varas in Chile to Bariloche in Argentina. Spectacular! It's outlined here: Cruce De Lagos, but I did a one day instead of the two day, which shows as being $US 170 now (I think I paid $150 in 2003).

Edited to add: Oops, should have read better - this is the same lake crossing that Marlis mentioned...

I had a TOUGH time getting accomodations upon arrival in Bariloche. You might want to book ahead if you are arriving later in the day.


[ Edit: Edited on Jul 5, 2007, at 11:15 AM by GregW ]

7. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 9y

Bariloche is definately a must go. The city center look like a small village of swizerland which a lot of chocolate factory.
However it´s really famous for skiing and trekking during the summer.
About 10km form the city center you will find a nice camping on the lake side. There is a bus taking you to town which stop in front of the camping.

Enjoy flo

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I didn't like Bariloche one bit; it's a major tourist trap. Accom is (was, I should say; last time I visited was in 2003) through the roof and really hard to find, restaurants are crappy, supermarkets too expensive. Oh, and have I mentioned the large groups of 18-year-old Porteños who go there groupwise to loose their virginity?

That said, the surroundings are absolutely gorgeous. PN Nahuel Huapi is my favourite SA park by a long shot, beating even Torres del Paine. And, in spite of Bariloche being bustling, nature is surprisingly quiet and pristine.

In short, don't waste precious time on the city; arrive, get your act together, and leave for nature asap. Viewed that way, even I would agree that Bariloche is a 'must visit'.

happy travels,

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 9, 2007, at 12:51 AM by bentivogli ]

9. Posted by kyebrown (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

Bariloche was ok, the scenery is amazing, Lakes and mountains, but it is VERY toursity. so depends what your after, I went in May, and I wouldn`t recomend that time of year, it`s out of the summer seasonso too cold to ge active on the water, and it hadn`t started to snow so no skiing.

10. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 9y

i did not like Bariloche one bit last year it was expensive and touristy.

i am in Bariloche now and have to say i like it much better, maybe just because the place i am staying is out of town, Alaska Youth Hostle 28 pesos a night is not bad for high season. skiing is good and people are nice.

the city is beautiful although expensive esp for going out 75 pesos for entrance to clubs.

but i got to say bariloche is one of the most beautiful places i have ever been.