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San Carlos de BarilocheFast Facts
- Location: At the base of Andes in Rio Negro Province in west Argentina
- Attraction type: City
- Significance: Has a unique combination of hill slopes, ski resorts, and lake
- Best Time to visit: November to March; June to August for winter sports
- How to reach: By flights; alternatively by road from major Argentine cities and towns
- Nearest International Airport: San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport
Bariloche at the foothills of Andes Mountains and overlooking Nahuel Huapi Lake derives its name from ‘Vuriloche’ which stands for ‘people behind the mountain’ in Mapudungun language. The local Mapuches used the secret Vuriloche Pass to cross the Andes which was unknown to European settlers and priests. Bariloche unlike other Latin American cities is a modern city with its history dating back to the end of 19th century. Carlos Wiederhold a German by birth but settled in Chile migrated to Argentina and set up a shop named ‘La Alemana’. Instead of Don Carlos the letters addressed to him all mentioned San Carlos from where the name San Carlos de Bariloche was derived.
The mountain slopes of the Andes allow some of the most alluring treks in South America. Walk up to Cerro Otto, a fantastic viewpoint for the entire region of Bariloche. A rotating restaurant at Cerro Otto adds to your thrilling trek to the top. Cero Tronador with its black glacier and Saltillo de las Nalcas waterfall is also an exhilarating excursion. Paragliding in these Andean slopes is an electrifying experience. In case you love skiing, the slopes of Cerro Campanario, and Cerro Catedral are incomparable.
Staying in Bariloche
San Carlos de Bariloche has a number of comfortable and elegant accommodations to choose from for putting up. Design Suites Hotel, Galileo Boutique Hotel, Grand Hotel Bariloche, Aconcagua Hotel, Hostel 1004, and Tango Inn Downtown Hostel are some of the notable places to check in.
For your culinary needs you could check out some of the popular eateries in Bariloche. La Parrilla de Julian, El Boliche de Alberto, Friends, and Taberna Breogan Celta are some of the restaurants famous for their mouth watering delicacies.