sports to practice in Bariloche — with or without snow



Bariloche is bike-friendly: there are several shops where you can rent a bike to check out the circuits in the region, like Circuito Chico and, for the more energetic, Camino de los Siete Lagos, which takes two days. A bike path was inaugurated in the city in 2016.



There’s no shortage of trails in this mountain region. For the less experienced, one good tip is to visit Cerro Llao Llao — there are 2-hour hiking options. Meanwhile, in Cerro Catedral, the Refúgio Frey trail is 15 miles [24 km] long and features one of the most incredible views of Patagonia.



The landscape is also an invitation to climbing. True adventurers will enjoy ice climbing in Cerro Tronador, the highest peak inside Nahuel Huapi National Park, at an altitude of 11,660 feet [3,554 m]. Leaving in the early morning hours, you get to the top of the glacier in the morning.



In addition to the hills, Bariloche is surrounded by seven great lakes. Kayaking trips with the Andes as the backdrop attract visitors all year round. The itineraries include such lakes as Nahuel Huapi, Moreno, and Gutiérrez, with options for kids and adults. The companies provide life jackets and towels, as well as waterproof coats and gloves, if necessary.



This water adventure gets even more radical when you’re with a group — and there are strong currents! Those who enjoy rafting can select different tours and hire a raft for up to 10 people (always with a guide). The currents can be light and clear, like on the Limay River, or more intrepid, like on the Manso River, where visitors will find falls and straits all the way to the border with Chile.



It’s impossible not to mention winter sports. Skiing and snowboarding are some of the ways to enjoy the cold season, from June to October. At altitudes of over 6,900 feet [2,100 m] above sea level, the slopes are ideal for first-time skiers.

Text Eduardo do Valle
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