The "Chico Circuit" Sightseeing Drive of Bariloche & the Mountain Lakes
- Bariloche: See the alpine-style Civic Center, the colorful Melipal residential neighborhood, and Bonita Beach, which overlooks Huemel Island and the sapphire waters of Nahuel Huapi lake.
- The Lake District: Thanks to glaciers, the circuit is dotted with beautiful lakes, and the Swiss chalet-style Llao Lloa Resort offers a beautiful view with snowcapped peaks in the background.
- Mt. Campanario: See why National Geographic calls this thrilling seven-minute chair lift ride to the 3,400-foot summit one of the "Top 10 Views in the World."
About this Bariloche tour
As you tour the lush countryside that envelops Bariloche among snow-capped mountain peaks and deep-blue lakes, you may find yourself momentarily disoriented – and not just because you're never lower than 2,500 feet above sea level.
This little corner of Argentina feels like yodeling country. It looks as if it was plucked out of the Swiss Alps and gently deposited at the foot of the Andes – and that's no accident. The city was founded by a German in the late 19th century under a plan by Argentina's government to encourage settlement in sparsely populated areas. The plan worked. Waves of Germans, Austrians, Slovenians, and even a few Italians immigrated, bringing their native cultures with them.
The Alpine architecture, with the occasional Patagonian twist, was also conceived on purpose, as a way to help new arrivals feel instantly at home. The climate and terrain of "Argentina's Alps" didn't need any human intervention to accomplish that – the fjords, glacial lakes, verdant hills, and even seasonal temperatures seem more like Switzerland than rainforested South America.
How Swiss is this? The Bariloche town hall is a chalet made of log and stone, where people pose with St. Bernards. The city is dotted with shops selling some of the finest chocolates in the world. And in the winter, skiers converge on the mountain resorts just outside town. Fine beers can be found there, too. You'd almost expect to hear yodeling echo through the valleys.
When you get to the top of Campanario, you're welcome to give it a try.
Nessie's South American cousin
Before a blurry 1933 photo taken at Loch Ness launched worldwide speculation about a "monster" in its depths, rumors of a similar creature in Nahuel Huapi Lake were already firmly established. Like Nessie, Nahuelito is named after the lake where it is said to exist; unlike Nessie, Nahuelito was photographed as recently as 2009. Keep your camera charged.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
The weather is quite changeable and dressing in layers is the way to keep comfortable.
A backpack comes in handy to store the layers you may peel off or have in reserve.
The Cerro Campanario Chairlift is not recommended for anyone unable to walk or who is in a wheelchair. Amount of walking is at your leisure. You can stay onboard the transport if desired.
Private Tour, Cultural, Scenic
English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 2 years of age and older. On the Campanario Chairlift, children under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Suitable for travelers weighing up to 260 lbs.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended for you if you have a fear of heights.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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