Cheap Tours and Activities in Bariloche, Argentina
The surprising little city of the Rio Negro is the chic ski resort for Argentinians during winter. The resemblance with Switzerland and Austria is found in landscape, lakes, mountains, pine tree forests and also in the architecture with wooden chalets, and the gastronomy, chocolate, fondue and so on.... If you visit Bariloche, you must try their chocolate en rama, a delicious and light chocolate bar in the form of the bark of a tree trunk. While Bariloche rimes with exoticism for Argentinians, some Europeans might find the resemblance with the Alps disappointing. However Bariloche stretches out all along the Nahuel Huapi Lake, at the bottom of the Andes, only a few kilometres away from the Chilean border and close to the Seven Lakes (ten can be counted in reality). There are many reasons to visit Bariloche, trekking, the beauty of nature, fishing, rafting, kayaking, horse riding, skiing, navigation, and simply adventure!
Discover the magnificent landscape of Bariloche in a scenic overview tour short enough that when we are done, you'll have time to enjoy the rest of your day exploring your favorite sights. Round-trip transfers from downtown Bariloche hotels are included in the tour as well as a knowledgeable spanish-speaking guide who will provide you plenty of information about the sites that you will be visiting. The tour will go around the highlights of the area in a short overview including Cerro Campanario Peak, Lopez Bay, Punto Panoramico, Llao Llao Hotel and San Eduardo Chapel. At Cerro Campanario, a mountain standing "in the center of the landscape," enjoy a chairlift ride (USD$10 per person at your own expense) that will carry you up to amazing heights to enjoy the most beautiful views in the area. A panorama of green and white mountain peaks permeated by clusters of blue lakes characterizes the striking alpine views from the top. It's no wonder why National Geographic named Cerro Campanario one of the "Top 10 Views in the World." Standing opposite Puerto Panuelo, lake gateway from Patagonia through the mountains to Chile, see the premier Llao Llao Hotel with its stunning Euro-Argentine architecture and rustic San Eduardo Chapel. These unique, must-see tourist attractions will transport you to a different time. Other attractions along the Circuito Chico (small circle) include regional craft products including knit garments, woodwork, candles, pottery and cosmetics, among others.
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Experience a scenic crossing between Argentina and Chile by bus and boat, from Bariloche to Puerto Varas. Cross three lakes - Todos los Santos, Nahuel Huapi and Frias - on this full-day excursion with views of Chile's Vicente Perez National Park and Argentina's Cerro Tronador. Enjoy an intimate experience with a small group limited to 10 passengers as you cross the Andes via the scenic route. After pickup from your accommodation in Bariloche, board a comfortable bus and enjoy the beautiful drive to Puerto Panuelo. Upon arrival at the port, board your waiting boat and set sail on Nahuel Huapi Lake towards Puerto Blest, located about an hour away. Learn about the surrounding forest and its abundant bird life from your guide as you enjoy the alpine scenery. Board a bus at Puerto Blest for the trip along the Frias River to Puerto Alegre. Sail aboard another boat on turquoise Lake Frias in the shadow of the majestic Cerro Tronador, the region's highest mountain and host to nine glaciers. At Puerto Frias, you'll go through Argentine customs before continuing to Peulla, Chile, by bus. Enter Vicente Perez Rosales National Park in Chile and arrive in Peulla, where you can enjoy lunch after completing the official entry to Chile. In late afternoon, set sail on Todos los Santos Lake, with marvelous views of the Osorno Volcano, Puntiagudo Hill and Cerro Tronador if the weather permits it. Continue to your destination, Puerto Varas, with an optional stop at Saltos de Petrohue (Petrohue Waterfalls; admission not included). All boat and bus transportation from Bariloche to Chile are included. However food and beverages are at your own expense as well as the National Park entrance fees. Please also remember that each traveler is allowed a maximum of 2 suitcases at 44 pounds (20 kg) each and schedules can suffer changes due to weather conditions and number of passengers. Transport departs from most Bariloche hotels at 9am and the total duration of the trip is approximately 9 hours.
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Our journey begins at Puerto Panuelo, a lake harbor located 25 km outside of Bariloche, opposite the Hotel Llao Llao. After boarding a boat to sail 30 minutes across the Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Anchorena on Victoria Island, we will enjoy a comfortable chairlift ride to the top of the Cerro Bella Vista where there are fabulous panoramic views over the Bahia Anchorena, the Llao Llao Hotel and Puerto Panuelo. We will then continue from Puerto Anchorena on a guided walk into the Quetrihue Peninsula, where you will find the Arrayanes Forest. You can also decide to walk at your own pace and wonder on your own along the marked paths. In the Arrayanes Forest, you will find a beautiful wooden cottage, which has been photographed countless times by visitors. This part of the forest is said to have been visited by the famous American cartoonist and film maker Walt Disney who was inspired by the amazing landscape to create the film Bambi. You will be able to enter the cottage for a tea and snack or to purchase handicrafts and souvenirs. At the end of the trail there will be a Visitor Center where you can ask the national park rangers any questions you may have. You will also have the chance to take a short walk to the beautiful Patagua Lagoon and its pebble beaches. The round-trip transfers from downtown Bariloche hotels are included in this tour. However food and beverages are at your own expense as well as the National Park entrance fee (USD $10).
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This unique tour takes you on an adventure to the most beautiful parts of the spectacular Nahuel Huapi National Park, with a knowledgeable English speaking guide. Nature can be quite striking. Visit forests, lakes, beaches, waterfalls and more importantly, discover the Tronador, the highest mountain in the area, which rises 11,411 feet (3,478 meters) above sea level forming a natural boundary between Argentina and Chile. The views from this high elevation are breathtaking. You will also get to see one of the most unusual natural phenomena that occurs in this region, the Ventisquero Negro ("Black Glacier"). It has a striking black color despite being fed by a small river flowing from the spotless, white, Rio Manso Glacier, just several hundred feet higher, atop the mountain. This location is also the source of the Manso River, a mountain river winding all the way down to the Pacific Ocean, flowing across rapids, waterfalls such as the renowned Los Alerces Cascade, and a number of beautiful lakes. The round-trip transfers from Bariloche hotels are included in this tour. However food and beverages are at your own expense as well as the National Park entrance fee (USD $10).
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