Destination guide: Bariloche
Bariloche is the ideal destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts. But that isn't all, as the city's architecture reflects a charming European alpine style that makes every street corner all the more welcoming.
Cerro Catedral Ski Resort
The name Cerro Catedral originates from the unique rock formations on the mountain that are shaped like church spires. The area is 19 kilometers (12 miles) from downtown Bariloche and is the area's premier ski center during winter months.
It is especially popular during August when hundreds of people climb the mountain for the National Snow Festival, a recreational extravaganza that is launched with the traditional downhill torch parade (skiers light the path as they descend), followed by dog sledding competitions, snow polo and much more.
During spring and summer, the flowering hills are ideal for outdoor activities like rock climbing.
Piedras Blancas Ski Resort
Located on the north face of Cerro Otto with access from Los Prisioneros Avenue, this ski resort offers 6 hectares (15 acres) of slopes that are ideal for skiing and snowboarding. With 15 kilometers (9 miles) of trails, Piedras Blancas has something for everyone. In the summer, this spot is a favorite destination for hiking, trekking, mountain biking, free climbing, excursions, paragliding, and much more.
Cerro Tronador Volcano
This extinct volcano is seated on the Chile-Argentina border. It is located a mere 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Bariloche and stands 3478 meters (11,411 feet) above sea level.
It is part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and is the source of the Negro and Neuquen rivers known for their immense drainage. This splendid landscape is also admired for the glaciers, namely Alerces, Rio Manso, Frias and Castaño Overo, that overlay the mountain.
Lake Nahuel Huapi
Lake Nahuel Huapi stretches over 557 kilometers (346 miles) of intensely blue waters. Fed by glacial runoff, the area is a leading attraction in Argentine Patagonia even during the summer when it draws dozens of windsurfing fans.
The vegetation that flourishes on its humid banks and small islands help fuel the legend of Nahuelito - a marine creature that supposedly lives in the depths of the lake.