San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Craving a snowboarding trip in July? Wishing flowers would start to bloom during dreary November? Maybe you need a change of season. Time to head to the Southern Hemisphere, where winter becomes summer, and autumn can suddenly disappear.

Photo: N Preseault
Photo: N Preseault

Whether you are looking to ski, sail, or sample chocolate, San Carlos de Bariloche is a year-round, nature-lover’s destination. Located at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Northern Patagonia, Bariloche overlooks Nahuel Huapi Lake and National Park. Explore the beauty of the area on Circuito Chico–the Short Circuit Tour–that weaves bikers and drivers by crystal-clear lakes, snow-capped mountains, and breweries.

Photo: N Preseault
Photo: N Preseault

An even more spectacular view beckons from Cerro Otto. A gondola carries people and their cameras to a revolving restaurant, ski slopes, and hiking trails. Grab churros and hot chocolate, and then try to catch a glimpse of nearby Chile in the distance. Back in the chaleted town, chocolate shops and pubs are as common as St. Bernards.

Regardless of if you’ve been active or actively relaxing all day, be sure to have a view of the lake as the sun sets in Bariloche.


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