an itinerary to make you fall in love with the heat in the city
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Famous for its ski resorts, the city transforms into an outdoor playground during the summer
Just like magic, in the middle of September, right after the snow thaws in Bariloche, Argentina, the city takes on a new personality. The icy white beauty gives way to an explosion of colors: the glowing blue of Nahuel Huapi Lake, the intense ocher of the mountains, the lush green of the woods, the white of the more distant and higher peaks...
With the mild temperatures, visitors have many tour options that, oftentimes, are not available in the winter – or that are much more pleasant on warmer days. Check out a few of them below.
Surprise up high
Any native of the region will repeat as a mantra that the view from Cerro Campanario was selected as one of the most beautiful in the world by the magazine National Geographic. At the top, at an altitude of 3,445 feet [1,050 m] and with a 360-degree view of this Patagonian region, it’s hard to disagree. Next to the city center, Cerro Otto is another popular attraction thanks to a unique rotating candy shop, located atop the mountain at an altitude of 4,610 feet [1,405 m] – it completes a full rotation every 20 minutes.
The catamaran that takes visitors to Isla Victoria stops at the famous Bosque de Arrayanes, whose shrubs with caramel-colored trunks add a golden touch to the locale. Along the way, birds flying low come to take food from tourists’ hands. And you can even go to the “beach” in the summer: by the banks of Nahuel Huapi Lake, at Playa Bonita you can rent kayaks and diving gear. A little farther is Playa Serena, perfect for families, with warmer waters.
In addition to hiking tours, you can also “fly” over the mountains in Bariloche: in the complex of Piedras Blancas, tourists can glide down a 4,920-foot [1,500 m] long zipline. In the summer, rafting is an inviting sport. On the Limay River, you can go floating, a lighter and more peaceful option; or, for a more extreme activity, you can take on the rapids of the Manso River.
Hit the road
Summer is the perfect time to explore the Ruta de los Siete Lagos. The 124-mile [200 km] route starts in Bariloche and ends in San Martín de los Andes, passing by Villa la Angostura. Here, the landscape along the way, flanked by seven crystal-clear lakes, is already worth the trip. The same reasoning is true for a visit to Cerro Tronador, the highest mountain in the region, at 11,410 feet [3,478 m]. Approximately 56 miles [90 km] from Bariloche, one of the main attractions on this tour is the view of the Ventisquero Negro, one of the few black glaciers in the world.