Destination guide: Bariloche, Argentina

800 meters above sea level and in the middle of the Argentine south, the city of Bariloche has several interesting tourist attractions and is situated in the middle of native forests, mountains, lakes and marvelous ecological reserves. 

Purchase your flights to Bariloche and enjoy the best in cuisine and outdoor sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, excursions, windsurfing and paragliding, as well as many other activities.

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  • Bariloche - Practical Information

    Orientation

    Bariloche is 460km southwest of Neuquén via RN 237. Entering the town from the east, RN 237 becomes the Av 12 de Octubre (also called Costanera), continuing westward to the lakeside resort of Llao Llao. Southbound Calle Onelli becomes RN 258 to El Bolsón, on the border of Chubut province.

    The principal commercial area is along Av Bartolomé Mitre. Do not confuse VA O’Connor (also known as Vicealmirante O’Connor or Eduardo O’Connor) with similarly named John O’Connor, which cross each other near the lakefront. Similarly, Perito Moreno and Ruiz Moreno intersect near Diagonal Capraro, at the east end of the downtown area.

    Currency

    Argentine Peso

    Language

    Spanish

    Timezone

    UTC/GMT -4

    Weights & Measures

    Metric; Rural areas may use the legua (league, about 5km)

    Visas

    Nationals of the USA, Canada, most Western European countries, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit Argentina. upon arrival all non-visa visitors must obtain a free tourist card, good for 90 days and renewable for 90 more.

    Dependent children traveling without both parents theoretically need a notarized document certifying that both parents agree to the child’s travel. Parents may also wish to bring a copy of the custody form.

    Customs

    Argentine officials are courteous toward tourists. Electronic items, including laptops, cameras and cell (mobile) phones, can be brought into the country duty free, provided they are not intended for resale. If you’re over 18 you may also bring in up to 2L of alcohol, 400 cigarettes and 50 cigars. If you’re entering with expensive computer, photographic and/or other electronic equipment, you should play it safe and declare it.

    Business Hour

    Traditionally, business hours in Argentina start at 8am and break at midday siesta (rest) for three or even four hours, during which people return home for lunch and a brief nap. After siesta, shops reopen until 8pm or 9pm. This schedule is still common in the provinces, but government offices and many businesses in Buenos Aires have adopted a more conventional 8am to 5pm schedule.

    Electricity overview

    European plug with two circular metal pins

    Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade

    Australian Plug