Bariloche, ‘The Switzerland of Argentina’
Bariloche, Argentina’s Lake District. There are seven lakes. Photo by Yoavlevy10.
Note that since Argentina is in the southern hemisphere North Americans and Europeans will be able to ski or snowboard in their summer or do traditional summer activities in their winter.
Summertime means hiking, horseback riding and biking along the huge network of magnificent trails around the lower Andes mountains, as well as camping, climbing and paragliding off piste, but also fishing, white-water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, board surfing, ship cruising and swimming in the crystal clear rivers and cold waters of this Argentinian Lake District.
Wintersports attract many visitors too, with sure snow and excellent slopes all around Bariloche and transport to reach them. Cerro Catedral, for example, the biggest wintersports centre in South America is just 12 miles away, offering the best skiing and snowboarding in the country from May to December, though not the most exclusive. This is the place for good value activities, not glitz.
The town is an activity centre itself as it has become an end-of-High-School ritual celebration spot and consequently houses a large number of funky cafés, bars, modestly priced restaurants and boisterous, very late night clubs with lashings of lasers, future decor and dance-till-you-drop ambience.