Hiking in Bariloche, Argentina

hiking in bariloche

I was dragging one foot in front of the other, my hiking boots feeling heavy on my feet and the sun feeling far stronger than I’d anticipated on my back. I was surrounded by dense forest, so it was hard to imagine what was to come once I reached the top of the mountain. As the scenery began to clear, and space opened up in front me, a friend ahead turned back to me and said ‘That is the view we’ve been waiting for.’ I looked to the right, where snow-capped mountain ranges, layers of thick green trees, and dazzling blue lakes all stood before me. I had never in my life seen a mountain view so breath-taking, and I felt like I was standing in a postcard.

I was on top of Llao Llao Mountain in San Carlos de Bariloche, otherwise known as just Bariloche, in the Rio Negro province of Argentina. This small town is nestled at the foothills of the Andes and attracts outdoor adventurists all year round. Aside from being very popular with skiers, hikers also come from all over the world to roam upon its lofty heights. While some of the hikes can be challenging, with a little time and pace control almost anyone of any fitness could go hiking in Bariloche. Llao Llao is one of the most popular, and is the highest point in the national park of the same name that has several other great hiking spots. A few days later we made our way to the top of Cerro Alto, which offers spectacular panoramas across the Andes, and from where you can see the town itself from a bird’s eye view.

As a gateway to Argentinian Patagonia below and an easy point to cross to or from Chile, Bariloche is a convenient stop for any traveler and the perfect place for outdoor fanatics. The crisp clean air you breathe at the top of the hikes is like no other, and there are so many lakes and mountains in the area that make for picture-perfect walking spots. The summer months, warm but with a fresh bite in the air, produce ideal weather in which to lace up your hiking boots and go off on a Patagonian jaunt.


Emma Higgins has been writing and traveling on and off since 2009. Her blog, Gotta Keep Movin’ is full of stories and advice from her trips, which include Europe, India, Morocco, South America, the USA and Canada. Her main focuses are budget travel and volunteering, and she has been involved in sustainable farming in Argentina, animal shelters in Peru, and even tried her hand at making goats cheese in British Columbia. Follow her travels on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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