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Bariloche is in the Río Negro Province, near the Nahuel Huapi National Park in Argentina.
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Points of Interest in Bariloche
- Museum of Patagonia - On the main plaza near the Tourist Info center. "Stuffed" native wildlife, pictures, and a great section covering the indigenous pre-Hispanic inhabitants of the region.
San Carlos de Bariloche is a city in the province of Río Negro, Argentina, situated on the foothills of the Andes, surrounded by lakes (Nahuel Huapi, Gutiérrez Lake, Moreno Lake and Mascardi Lake) and mountains (Tronador, Cerro Catedral, Cerro López). It is famous for skiing but also great for sight-seeing, water sports, trekking and climbing. Another claim to fame is its Swiss-like atmosphere and its chocolate boutiques and breweries. Look for the St Bernard dogs on display for tourists.
There are many trekkings in Bariloche. You can get more information here.
- Hiking with Local Mountain Guide - Guided bilingual hikes with mountain guide Maxi Schoffel in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Trek Bariloche  provides a comprehensive guide to the trekking routes in the National Park.
- Cerro Catedral. It has the biggest ski centre in South America, with a skiable area of 2 km² (0.77 sq mi), over 100 km (62 miles) of ski runs, and a lift capacity of 22,200 skiers per hour. It is located 12 miles from Bariloche. If you enjoy hiking, there is trail to the Frey refugio which takes about 6.5 hours (4 up, 2.5 down). Look for the trailhead in the far corner of the parking lot.
- Cerro Campanario: beautiful view of the lakes and mountains around - hike it (30 min, departs near the bottom of the lift) or take the ski-lift ($40 pesos: USD$10). Get in with bus #20, 21, 10 from the center and get off at km 17,8. After the Campanario you can go on with the Circuito Chico during the same day.
- Circuito Chico - This beautiful 60 km route can be biked or hiked. You can also do it by bus during summer (line 10). If you hike it, take bus 20 towards Llao Llao till "El Muelle".
- Cerro Otto. Viewpoint over the area of Bariloche. Transport there includes in the price of the cable car which cost 70 peso both ways (bus+cable car) or less one way while the other way you can hike or take a mountain bike(9 KM from the city, about 2.5 hours when hiking down). The rotating restaurant at the top has some impressive vistas of the region (average meal costs about $25 pesos) and there are some nice hiking trails behind the restaurant.
- Cerro Frey is considered by many as the best 1-3 days trekking in Bariloche. When it's cold enough you can skate in the lake near the refuge. When there's not too much snow you can climb the granit "agujas" (needles) near the refuge which have ways for all levels, or head to Lago Jakob. There are two ways to get in and out: the main one is from Villa Cathedral (only one bus every 1h30), another (a bit longer) one starts from Los Cohiues and goes along the Gutierrez lake (bus #50).
- Cerro López - Take the #10 bus to get there and back. In late spring/summer/early autumn there's a trekking trail to the mountain shelter (not as easy as Otto's). It takes about 3 hours to get there and can be quite tiring, but the views from the shelter are impressive. Be sure to bring along water and some fruit to keep your energy. Colonia Suiza, a swiss-like borough, is nearby.
- Cerro Tronador, visit the black glacier (ventisquero negro), see the Cerro Tronador and a waterfall over an overhanging cliff named Saltillo de las Nalcas, near the village of Pampa Linda. The busride takes about two hours, and costs Ar$ 90 return or Ar$ 45 one-way (Transitando, 20 de Febrero 300, Bariloche). There is an additional entrance fee to the national park of Ar$ 50 (foreigners). With this bus, you have to hike the last 7 km to the glacier, which is a beautiful experience as there is a hiking trail and the road shows amazing landscape. Some tourist buses take you right to the sights. Near the lookout there is confiteria which sells overpriced food although location is remote and the place astonishing.
- Los Siete Lagos (the seven lakes) - all-day tour by bus to see the seven picturesque lakes between Bariloche and San Martin de Los Andes, with lunch at SMdLA, followed by a return trip through the arid Pampas where you can see much of the local fauna along the way.
If you're interested in going in the lakes and islands:
- Turisur. Mitre 219 - Bariloche, - Boat excursions from Bariloche (Puerto Panuelo) to Bosque Arrayanes (about AR$160 - December 2010) & Puerto Blest, they also do the trip across to Chile (Cruce de Lagos) (about US$ 230).
- El Bosque de Arrayanes - A forest of rare, orange colored trees that only grow on a local island (and one in Japan). There are several cruise boats; the newest (luxurious) ship is called the "Cau Cau". Take the circuit bus out of Bariloche and catch a boat (near the Hotel Llao Llao) and have lunch, hike or bike, and enjoy the afternoon in the forest.
- Cruce de Lagos. All day cruise of Lake Nahuel Huapi and the National Park. Numerous stops allow you to wander in Andean rain forest, eat at the Hotel Puerto Blest and enjoy the stunning scenery from the turquoise waters of the lake. Buy the pass for a one hour cruise on Lago Frias which brings you near the snow covered volcano, Tronador. Lago Frias is milky jade green in color and the ride includes a short stop at the Chilean frontier. US$230 per person (December 2010) - also known as Cruce Andino.
Other activities include:
- Paragliding, e-mail: email@example.com. Ernesto Gutierrez, 02944-462234 / 02944-15413037 offers 30 minute tandem flights for Ar$250 and an additional Ar$20 to Ar$30 transportation cost, depending on the location (Cerro Otto or Cerro Cathedral).
- Rafting - Several agents offers rafting on the grade I Rio Limay or the grade III/IV Rio Manso. There are several outfitters that organize full day tours with lunch included.
- Kayak, Pura Vida Half Day tours in Gutierrez Lake
- Horseriding -  Horseriding tours to the Nahuel Huapi National Park from Bariloche in English/Spanish/German. Also try Tom Wesley Cabalgatas , their 3 hour lake ride is amazing.
- Historical Steam Train, . A full-day journey into the steppe, riding a 1912's railway, which has been rebuilt keeping its original features. More info at the website 
You can usually book/plan these excursions/activities at your Hostel/Hotel or in authorized travel agencies:
- Seven Lakes Travel [www.sltravel.com.ar]
- El Boliche de Alberto. Has, according to some, the best meat in Argentina. There are two restaurants in town, and one located about 8 kilometers out of town. Ask a taxi driver to take you there. Be aware that if you arrive after 8pm, you may have to wait in line for 30 mins or more, especially if you are a party of 6 or more. Please note that El boliche de Alberto has a meat version of the restaurant which specialises in meats such as beef, chicken or pork etc. and there is a pasta version which serves a variety of different pastas.
- Parrilla El Refugio del montañes...de Julian. Is at San Martin 590 (also called "El Refugio Del Montañes". family-owned restaurant atmosphere (especially compared to the tourist-trap feel of El Boliche de Alberto) adds to the experience. The meat is very good, you don't have to wait 2 hrs to enjoy it, and the location is conveniently on one of the main avenues in Bariloche. However serving sizes are quite small and pricey (Ar$200 for a modest 2 person dinner with desert and no wine)
- Taberna Breogan Celta (also on San Martin, one of the main avenues) is this local restaurant featuring the local smoked wild game. Especially recommended is the meat-n-cheese plate featuring venison, wild boar, salmon, and two kinds of cheese.
- Casita Suiza is one of the best regional restaurants in Bariloche. You also can ask Swiss specialties like fondues, raclettes and pierrades.
- Cassis Restaurant, 02944-476167, Peñón de Arelauquen, Ruta 82, Lago Gutiérrez.
- Friends Bartolome Mitre. Special, great salads and sandwhiches - especially good pasta. Making friends at friends!
- Santos Resto. Espana 268 (just a few blocks west of the Centro Civico). Excellent atmosphere, food and service. Fine food and dining in a casual, chic atmosphere.
- Sesamo. This downtown restaurant serves amazing Middle Eastern food. The best ethnic food in town.
- Tarquino, 24 de Septiembre y Saavedra, ☎ 2944 434774. noon-3PM, 8PM-midnight. Frequented by locals and travellers. The building is entirely built of Patagonian Cypress and stone. The menu pursues the idea simple but delicious, choosing top quality local products and combining creativity with refined traditions. Try great Argentinian steak: beef, pork and Patagonian lamb, trout and salmon. Neat service. AR$ 80.
- Morfy's. Small sandwich shop that serves delicious food in massive portions. Offers many types of sandwiches and just about any type of topping for them that you can think of for low prices. The owner is very friendly and speaks Spanish, Hebrew, and a little English. Located behind the Museum of Patagonia.
- Choppin Tapas y Fondue, on the circuit in Llao Llao, 1 mile away from the famous Hotel Llao Llao (by the Shell gas station). Eclectic, semi-hippy, great music, with an incredible view of the hotel, golf course, and mountains in the backdrop. Excellent homebrew beer on tap.
- Antares Brewery. Ada M. Elflein 47. Nice variety of food and great beer. The Barley Wine is especially potent. Two-for-one pints during happy hour, every day 6-8pm.
- The Map Room, Urquiza 248, +54 (02944) 456-856, . The Map Room is no longer there - It is now a bar.
- Wilkenny, San Martin 435. Irish-themed bar popular with tourists. There are better choices.
- South Bar, Juramento. Popular local bar.
- Malabar, Juramento. Popular local bar.
Teens from all over Argentina arrive on a school trip to Bariloche to celebrate their last year of High school with their classmates. That is why Bariloche features a lot of sophisticated dance clubs.
- Bypass. Offers a very elegant environment with lots of laser effects and nice music.  (In Spanish)
- Cerebro. One of the oldest dance clubs in Bariloche. It is quite nice and it offers laser effects but not as colorful as other dance clubs.  (In Spanish)
- Grisu. This is a must visit place. It has wood-like walls and it is designed in such a way that it is easy to get lost if you don't know your way around. It has a very quite place with a huge window showing the Nahuel Huapi lake. There are no laser effects but the bartenders are experts and it is worth watching them doing all sorts of tricks.  (In Spanish)
- Rocket. Four floors dance club full of light, colors and sounds. Good laser show and nice atmosphere.  (In Spanish)
- Genux. Futurist looking disco. Open since 1993. (In Spanish)
- Chocolate, the city hosts an amazing number of shops where they produce and sell all sorts of varieties of chocolate. Local fruits and licor make some of the fillings. The most renowned ones are Mamuschka, La Abuela Goye, Benroth, Fenoglio, Rapa Nui, Del Turista, Bonifacio & Tante Frida .
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