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Test your winter skills on the ski runs at Bariloche, kayak the clear waters of windy Lake Nahuel Huapi, and explore a taste of chocolate heaven on a culinary tour of the city’s chocolatiers - San Carlos de Bariloche is an eclectic mix of Argentinian design and European grandeur. At the height of its winter season, this bustling alpine city is a haven for skiers and snowboarders, with luxury spa retreats beckoning to those who don’t take to the slopes. Its quaint downtown area boasts a casino or 2, with dazzling lighting and raucous music emanating through the open doorways. Outside the heart of this cosmopolitan city you’ll find relaxed ski resorts and laid back bars, welcoming with the roar of their crackling open fires.

Things to see

You might not consider the heart of Argentina when you’re choosing your next skiing destination, but the alpine architecture and towering snow-covered peaks of San Carlos de Bariloche could make you change your mind. The craggy snow-covered peaks of its famous Cathedral Hill ski area have runs for all levels of ability and an adrenaline-pumping obstacle park for practicing those big air jumps. At its heart, the Bariloche Civic Center is a popular tourist attraction. Opened in 1940, its unusual brickwork has a slightly greenish tint, contrasting with the hand-carved woodwork of the windows and doors. It’s a national monument, and home to a museum and working municipal buildings. The Casino de Bariloche sits on its picturesque waterfront, enjoying views across the crystal clear waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi. You’ll find typical casino table games and slots here, and as a late night entertainment venue, the garish neon exterior beckons you inside for elaborate shows, live music, and lively fun.

Hotels in Bariloche

Hotels in Bariloche come in all shapes and sizes, from the grand frontages of luxury accommodation to more modest discount hotels. High-end ski resort-style accommodation can be found along the edge of the lake, complete with golf courses, decadent spa services, and luxury interiors. Mid-range hotels fill the streets in the town, where you can choose from residence-style suites, waterfront Bariloche hotels, and modern facilities like saunas, and WiFi. Cheap Bariloche hotels are found in the form of guesthouses or budget-friendly backpacking hostels, where rooms might have to be shared but the camaraderie is friendly and fun.

Where to stay

Downtown Bariloche is the heart of this historic town, and its early Spanish and then German influences are evident in the architecture of its most important buildings. The alpine rooftops and balconies frontages of the buildings on its main street, stand out next to the Neo-gothic structure of its impressive cathedral. Here, you’ll find strings of lively pubs, rows of those artisan chocolate shops the city is renowned for, and outdoor retail stores. Leaving the main town and heading to the area of Cero Catedral brings you right into alpine territory, with many luxury hotels in Bariloche located here. It’s also the place to find idyllic ski chalet buildings, and a buzzing après-ski scene which dies down in summer.

How to get to Bariloche

Bariloche has a small airport of its own, lying 15 kilometers outside the main town, but since it’s too small for international flights most travelers find their way here via Ministro Pistarini International airport at Buenos Aires, and continue their journey by train. There is a bus service running between Downtown and outlying areas, and the center of town is easy to navigate on foot.