San Carlos de Bariloche travel guide

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You're Going to Love San Carlos de Bariloche

San Carlos De Bariloche is situated in the Río Negro province of Argentina, nestled in the foothills of the Andes. Surrounded by beautiful lakes and mountains, the city is famous for its winter sports.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit San Carlos de Bariloche

1. Skiing

San Carlos De Bariloche has some of the best skiing in Argentina. You can also try ice skating on one of the frozen lakes.

2. Chocolate

San Carlos De Bariloche is famous for its chocolate and has countless varieties sold in stores throughout the city.

3. The Unique Architecture

The city is also renowned for its Swiss-style architecture; you will even see St. Bernard dogs around town.

4. Outdoor Sports

In summer, you can try hiking, kayaking, rafting, horse riding, and lots of other outdoor activities.

5. The Steam Train

Take a day trip along Lake Nahuel Huapi on the Tren Histórico Steam (Historic Steam Train), built in 1912.

Where to Eat in San Carlos de Bariloche

Alto El Fuego is an excellent steak restaurant on 20 de Febrero, while Rapa Nui on Mitre is a great place to try out the local chocolate desserts. Expect to pay around AR$200 for a meal in a budget restaurant and AR$400 in a mid-range establishment.

When to visit San Carlos de Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 40
1 night at 3-star hotel
San Carlos de Bariloche in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 40
1 night at 3-star hotel

San Carlos De Bariloche is a popular ski resort and winter is the season for such sports, but summer is also a good time to visit and explore the countryside.

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How to Get to San Carlos de Bariloche


San Carlos De Bariloche International Airport (BRC) has frequent connections to other major cities in Argentina. A taxi into the city costs around AR$150 and the number 72 bus costs AR$12.


There is just one train a week into San Carlos De Bariloche, which runs from Viedma on a Friday; tickets cost AR$180.


Driving to San Carlos De Bariloche from Buenos Aires will take around 22 hours on Ruta Nacional 5. Major roads are in good condition.


San Carlos De Bariloche has frequent bus connections to Buenos Aires and there is also an international service from Osorno in Chile. The bus from Buenos Aires costs from around AR$900.

Airlines serving San Carlos de Bariloche

Air Europa
Good (87 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (22 reviews)
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Good (153 reviews)
Aerolineas Argentinas
Excellent (155 reviews)
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Where to stay in San Carlos de Bariloche

Hotel Premier on Calle Sgto a Rolando has good basic accommodation in a central location, while Lirolay Suites on Avenida Exequiel Bustillo offer spacious luxury accommodation.

Popular neighbourhoods in San Carlos de Bariloche

Belgrano - this is an upscale neighborhood close to the center. It is mostly quiet and residential with some good hotels and guesthouses.

Playa Bonita - this is a pretty lakeside beach area around five miles from downtown. There are lots of hotels and watersports available from the beach.

Melipal - this is another beautiful lakeside area. It has good shops and lots of cafes and restaurants.

Where to stay in popular areas of San Carlos de Bariloche

Most booked hotels in San Carlos de Bariloche

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort Golf-Spa
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 321+
Design Suites Bariloche
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 254+
Hotel Cristal
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 225+
NH Bariloche Edelweiss
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 244+
Hotel Panamericano Bariloche
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 174+
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How to Get Around San Carlos de Bariloche

Public Transportation

The local bus service is good, with fares from AR$2.25 to AR$4.45, depending on the distance traveled.


Taxis cost AR$23 for the meter drop and then AR$25 per mile.


San Carlos De Bariloche has good roads and some beautiful driving routes. Car rental is around AR$800 per day.

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The Cost of Living in San Carlos de Bariloche

Shopping Streets

The main shopping street is Mitre, with lots of stores selling local produce like smoked meat and cheeses along with the famous chocolate.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in San Carlos De Bariloche costs AR$28.50, while a dozen eggs is AR$18.