Situated on the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi in Patagonia at an altitude of 775 meters, San Carlos de Bariloche, more commonly known as Bariloche, is a city of more than 120,000 inhabitants. Founded at the start of the 20th century by Swiss immigrants, it is not surprising that one can recognize traces of alpine architecture in the city´s streets… Bariloche is also the administrative center of the 770,000 hectare Nahuel Huapi National Park; created in 1920 this was one of the first of its kind in South America.
With the arrival of the railroad in 1934, trade links with Buenos Aires were consolidated. The creation of ski stations firstly at Cerro Otto and then at Cerro Catedral quickly fueled winter tourism for the Argentinean elite. The Club Andino Bariloche was founded in 1931 and soon decided to construct mountain lodges and to create paths to open up the mountains to visitors. Nowadays in this magnificent lakes region, many sporting activities are on offer:
In winter (June to September) the Cerro Catedral station (the largest in South America) is a skiing paradise. The sport is also practiced in Villa la Angostura or in San Martín de los Andes. From the top of the slopes the views over the many surrounding lakes are unforgettable. In summer (October to March) the activities are also numerous. The region has many one or several-day treks on offer, mountain biking trips, climbing, golf (two 18 hole courses), horse riding, fly-fishing, paragliding, sailing…. Bariloche can also simply be a place to pleasantly unwind and relax at the end of a trip. Lake excursions to make the most of the incredible beauty of this exceptionally well-preserved environment are also on offer.