As far as scenic adventure destinations go, Bariloche might just be as good as it gets in South America. Nestled among the massifs and glacial lakes of famed Nahuel Huapi National Park, this increasingly popular Patagonian city is home to some of the best mountain-side activities you'll find anywhere in Argentina. Don't believe us? Just take a brisk jaunt up Cerro Tronador or down Rio Manso and tell us what you think.
Add to that the fact that, despite being home to less than 200,000 permanent residents, Bariloche is considered by many to be the country's second best nightlife destination (trailing only Buenos Aires) and, well, what more could an energized traveler ask for? Huge clubs like Rocket and Cerebro pair up with cozy beer drinking joints on Av. Bustillo to give adrenaline-seekers all the entertainment they can handle while away from the slopes of Cerro Catedral or the trails on Cerro Lopez.
But while adventure and nightlife might be the city's specialties, there's both an interesting history and a quaint culture here well worth discovering. From ties to post-WWII Nazi exiles to a handful of beautifully designed works of neo-classical architecture, there's plenty to experience in Bariloche that that doesn't involve snow peaked mountains or jam packed dance floors. Whatever your motivation, the moral of the story remains the same: when traveling through beautiful Argentinean Patagonia, do your best not to pass on this scenic and action packed little city.