Río Negro is a province in northern Patagonian Argentina. Marked by glacial lakes and forest-covered plateaus, its natural landscape spans snow-capped Andes mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The lakeside city of Bariloche, set in the Andean foothills in Nahuel Huapi National Park, is known for its pebbly beaches, locally made chocolate and nearby Cerro Catedral ski area.
What to visit in Rio Negro, from North to South.
San Carlos de Bariloche
San Carlos de Bariloche is a town in Argentina’s Patagonia region. It borders Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake surrounded by the Andes Mountains. Bariloche is known for its Swiss alpine-style architecture and its chocolate, sold in shops lining Calle Mitre, the main street. It’s also a popular base for hiking and skiing the nearby mountains and exploring the surrounding Lake District.
What to do in San Carlos De Bariloche?
Lago Nahuel Huapi
Lake Nahuel Huapi has 55700 hectares and is the largest of a series of lakes connected to each other that, through the river Limay pour their waters into the Atlantic Ocean. It is born at the southeast end of the river and determines the boundary between the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén. Different activities can be carried out: sport fishing of introduced fish such as brook trout, brown trout and salmon whose season runs from November to April, rafting descending by the flowing rivers using “gomones” Or inflatable boats, sailboats, camping on its banks, spectacular walks or cycling through the qualified sedans.
Cerro Catedral is a mountain located 19km from San Carlos de Bariloche, and inside the Nahuel Huapí National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.The mountain is the biggest ski center in South America and in the Southern Hemisphere, with 120km of ski runs. It is also very popular due to the magnificent view of the Nahuel Huapi lake. There are also a number of hotels and hostels at the foot of the mountain, and a summer hikers’ hut called Refugio Lynch on one of the tops of the mountain.
A few kilometers from the center of the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, in the Argentinian Patagonia, is the Gutiérrez Lake. It is an area full of beauty, where the blue, green and turquoise landscape, resemble huge natural pictures. The lake has a total length of 17 kilometers and in some places reaches a depth of 11 meters. You will find several campsites and recreation along its long coasts, where you can stay in tents or cabins or just spend the day. All these places have good facilities, which ensures you a very pleasant stay. The landscape is magnificent, you have the mountain very close and you can give beautiful walks and walks. You have stoves where you can cook your own barbecue.
Down to the South, you will find El Bolson, the hippiest place in Argentina
El Bolsón is located about 120 kilometers from the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, and lies at the foot of the Piltriquitrón peak, whose rise takes about six hours, with the possibility of sleeping in a hostel, which is two hours from the summit. The landscape is magnificent, in full harmony with nature.
Here you’ll find a lot of backpackers staying in different shelters such as El Cajon del Azul or Hielo Azul.
Cajón del Azul:
It has a reduced camping space, plenty of stoves and guitars, an incredible blue drawer (some natural stone pools), lots of wood. You will find an Organic garden with very rich meals
Hielo Azul: There is a camping space, or you can camp further into the wild (you can camp next to the snowy mountains). Here you will be able to swim if you want (water is very cold). Walking through the mountain you will also find some improvised waterfalls.
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