Mountains and Lakes of Northern Patagonia


Set in Argentina’s Lake District, San Carlos de Bariloche is surrounded by snow-capped Andean mountains, deep blue lakes, and forests of Patagonian cypress (alerce) and Southern beech (lenga). Known as a winter ski resort, Bariloche is also the perfect setting for summer activities. This extension can be taken either pre-trip or post-trip (the itinerary shown below is for a post-trip extension).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Transfer to the Buenos Aires domestic airport and fly to Bariloche, where you are met for a transfer to the hotel. In the evening, meet with your guide for a short briefing. Overnight at El Casco Art Hotel, a boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi...meals on your own

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Day 2
Day Hike

Choose between two guided hiking options. The easier option is a hike among deep native forests to Cerro Llao Llao for spectacular views of deep-blue Lake Nahuel Huapi and the surrounding mountains, including glacier-clad Tronador on the border between Chile and Argentina. A short drive brings you to Baha Lopez, where you can hike the Brazo Tristeza Trail to a granite dome at the base of Cerro Lopez for a classic viewpoint of Tristeza Bay and Cerro Capilla. The more challenging option is a guided hike to the summit of Cerro Challuaco (6,000') via Laguna Verde and Laguna de los Patos, where giant Patagonian woodpeckers and majestic condors are often seen. Most of the hike is on a well-traveled trail, with talus slopes on the upper section. Overnight at hotel...BL

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Day 3
Sea Kayaking

Paddling a sea kayak is one of the best ways to discover the area’s lakes, bays, and islands. After a kayak safety briefing with your guide, paddle Moreno Lake, circling  the Llao Llao Peninsula, with a picnic lunch on a wilderness beach. Overnight at hotel...BL

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Day 4
Optional Activities

Enjoy optional activities in and around Bariloche town. Overnight at hotel...BL

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Day 5

Transfer to the Bariloche airport for connecting flight to Buenos Aires.


Length: 5 days
Cost From: $1730  
Arrive: Bariloche, Argentina
Depart: Bariloche, Argentina
Lodging: 4 nights hotels
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Day hikes on moderate to steep trails, sea kayaking

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Argentina, but there is a Reciprocity Fee that must be purchased online prior to arrival.