Surrounded by the mountains of beautiful northern Patagonia, Bariloche, or the “American Switzerland,” is ripe with great adventures and breathtaking scenery no matter what time of year you visit. Its extensive array of surrounding slopes, such as Catedral, Otto, Tronador and Lopez, are as well suited for skiing, boarding, and glacier trekking in the winter as they are for hiking, climbing and mountain biking in the summer. Beautiful, frigid lakes (Nahuel Huapi, Gutierrez, Moreno, Mascardi) and rivers (Manso, Limay, Azul) abound here, fed by glacial melt and offering perfect destinations for boating, white water rafting, fishing, dry suit scuba diving, and more.
Because the city is situated amidst the incredibly beautiful Nahuel Huapi National Park, this will be the setting for most of your outdoor activities. It is, in fact, located immediately on the southern end of the eponymous Lake Nahuel Huapi, so the potential for adventure here ranges literally from your immediate doorstep to a several hour drive away. Hiking to the top of nearby Cerro Campanario, biking the panoramic ascents of the 40 km Circuito Chico, and tackling the snowy downhill runs of Cerro Catedral are all classic ways to combine adventure here with amazing views of the city and beyond.
Feeling particularly bold? Why not give canyoning a try. Bariloche is a prime destination for this extreme sport that combines hiking, rappelling, swimming, and cliff jumping (ask locals or guides about Arroyo de la Virgen [beginners] and El Cravion [crazies]). Campers will revel in a multitude of available destinations to pitch a tent beneath the stars, including both wilderness and facility accessible camp sites within the national park. The list could go on exhaustively, but all you really need to remember is this: if outdoor adventuring in Argentina is your end, Bariloche is your means.