With it’s glacial lakes and soaring mountains, Argentina’s Lake District is spectacular. Let’s explore it through this Bariloche photo essay.
It was October 2017 and I was planning my first trip to Argentina. Looking for ideas of places I should visit, I quizzed Sandra, an Argentinian ex-pat. Without hesitation she replied, “Bariloche. It is so beautiful!”
It was sound advice. The town of Bariloche is the gateway to northern Patagonia’s glacial lakes, pine forests and volcanic mountains. Here are few photos from my short stay here, and some tips for seeking out these Instagrammable locations. See if you agree with Sandra.
Reaching new heights: taking the chair lift to the top of Cerro Campanario
Cerro Campanario is the first stop on the Circuito Chico, a 65 km circular route from Bariloche to the resort of Llao Llao. With a cool breeze brushing my face, the chairlift whisks me through the forest to its summit.
- My route is easy to do by bus. I took bus #20 from outside my Bariloche hotel to Cerro Camapanario, which is around 11 miles from the city centre. The journey took 25 minutes.
- To get to Llao LLao, I hopped back on the the #20. The journey took 15 minutes; the bus terminates at the hotel.
- Buses accept Sube cards (no cash). For further information on these contactless payment cards, check out my post on Getting Around Buenos Aires. If you have not picked up a Sube card earlier on your trip, many hotels and hostels will lend you one.
- I stayed at the intimate and friendly Hotel Antu Kuyen by the lakeside (hotel website currently in Spanish only). Highly recommended.
Do you have any top tips for doing the Circuit Chico without a car? Or what did you do whilst in Bariloche?
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