The lakes of Bariloche, Argentina

Whether you prefer skiing or lounging by the beach, the top tourist attractions in Bariloche guarantee to cater to both skiers and beach bums.  Formally known as San Carlos de Bariloche, this city in the Rio Negro province is surrounded by some of Argentina’s famous tourist attractions:  the Nahuel Huapi National Park and the southern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake.  In addition to its natural attractions, Bariloche is also home to a great number of restaurants, cafes and chocolate shops.

If you’re looking forward to a holiday in Argentina, the top tourist attractions in Bariloche is a great addition to your itinerary.  Here are some bucket list-worthy destinations:

Cerro Catedral.  One of the best ski resorts in South America, this remarkable mountain 19 km. away from Bariloche is a winter wonderland.  Enjoy skiing, mountain climbing and hiking in the snowy paths of the mountain.  Nothing beats the summer heat than bringing out your snow shoes and skis and heading out to Cerro Catedral.

Playa Bonita.  In stark contrast to the frosty Cerro Catedral, the Playa Bonita, one of the top tourist attractions in Bariloche, is a beach bum’s paradise.  Here, you not only get fun under the sun but also a spectacular view of snow-capped mountains and surrounding greenery.

Chocolate!  One must never leave Bariloche without taking home some of their world famous chocolates.  Thanks to the German and Austrian heritage of Bariloche’s populace, there’s a chocolate shop in every corner of this quaint city.

Cavernas del Viejo Volcan.  Just 15 km. away from Bariloche at the edge of Nahuel Huapi, the astounding cave system of Viejo Volcan is famous for its prehistoric rock art.  To explore this hidden archeological treasure, join an underground guided tour to see the famous rock art in the cave system.

Museo de la Patagonia.  Get to know the culture and history of the area by visiting the Museo de la Patagonia.  Housed in the Civic Centre of Bariloche, the museum displays a vast collection of fossils and geological findings, dioramas, tools, and other important artefacts which will teach you a thing or two about the culture and history of Patagonia.

Argentina is a massive country and has plenty to see and do beyond just Bariloche. You should really set a long period of time out to explore it the way it deserves to be seen and experienced. You can even get annual travel insurance these days so you’d be covered on all of the extreme adventures you’d decide to take on! Happy journeys.