Visit Bariloche – More Sights
- Cerro Catedral is South America’s largest ski area. It’s located about 25 minutes southwest of Bariloche. For views of Cerro Catedral, drive south of town along Lake Gutierrez.
- Go skiing at Mount Otto. It’s a 20 minute drive from Bariloche on a slow, twisting road or take the Teleferico Cerro Otto (Cable Car) to the peak. The cable car starts 3 miles (5 km) west of the Civic Center.
- Llao Llao Trekking Tour with Transport from Bariloche
- Lake Moreno or Lake Gutierrez Kayak Tour from Bariloche
- Cerro Tronador Day Trip from Bariloche
- Andean Lakes Crossing from Argentina to Chile by Bus and Boat
Cerro Catedral, © Can Stock Photo / cosmopol
Visit Bariloche – Transportation
Bariloche is isolated by the Andes from the rest of Argentina. There are no major cities close to Bariloche. The closest town is Puerto Montt in Chile, but it still takes 7 hours by bus and ferry to reach Puerto Montt. For cities in Argentina, it is 19 hours by vehicle from Buenos Aires and 17 hours from El Calafate. San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport is located about 20 minutes east of town. Rent a car in Bariloche, because there is so much to see by traveling around the lakes in the area. However, there are a number of bus and boat tours, so a rental car is not a necessity.
Chair Lift, © Can Stock Photo / urmoments
Bariloche is in the southern hemisphere. The height of summer weather is in January and February, when average highs are about 75 F (24 C) and average lows are 45 F (7 C). The coldest part of winter is from June through August. Average highs in this period are 45 F (7 C) and average lows are 28 F (-2 C). Precipitation is highest in June and July, which provides the snow base for skiing in the surrounding mountains.
Mount Otto Gondola, © Can Stock Photo / ArielMartin