Hiking around Bariloche

November 29th, 2011

Bariloche, Argentina.

An early morning arrival is never ideal. You arrive feeling pretty terrible – even if you got decent sleep on the overnight bus/train.

Getting to Bariloche wasn’t hard – getting off the bus was quite a shock. A chilly shock. It was very cold. But a taxi later and I was at the hostel checking in. I got a bed straight away and proceeded to shower.

After that I meet Eva and Jorien (who would become pretty good travel friends over the ensuing week(s). They invited myself and another traveller along for their day of activities.

Public transport here is buses only. Obviously, most towns around South America are only buses except the few major cities that have metro systems. We wait for bus 20 and hop on.

Cerro Campanerio - this is where the trail up begins.

About 17km along the road we arrive at our destination of Campanario. And there are two ways up – the chairlift which will cost you about 40 Pesos (I think) or the free option which is with two feet and a heartbeat. And being backpackers that is what we choose.

The trail up. Its a good 40 minute trek and it gets steep in parts.

The hike up takes about 40 minutes, its steep in places but not too bad. It actually starts to get hot.

The rewarding view. A pretty just reward.

At the top, you get an absolutely subliminal view of the surrounding area. There are 360 degree views of the various mountains and of course the lakes (which is what this area is famous for – being the Lakes District and all).

Acting like a knob. I do this too often.

The area is superb. So good we pull up stumps and sit there for an hour or two. Taking in the view and the sun.

It was so good, this is where we sunbaked for a few hours

It’s then another bus to get to the next part of the itinerary for the day. However, we meet a local Argentine who wants our photo –which seems a bit absurd but we oblige.

Waiting for the bus.

We get off at km 25 or end of the line for bus 20. And hike a bit of circuito chico (which is meant to be an absolute delight). But we take a side trip and walk to Villa Tacula.  It doesn’t take long. Though at the end we were expecting lake views and got a bunch of houses. Oh well these things happen. And we make the walk back to the bus stop.

Circuito Chico Vistas.

It ends up being a bit of a quiet night at the hostel. A few beers over dinner and conversation. As we sip back the beers, the hostel offers everyone a special price for the white water rafting tomorrow – 2 people for the price of 1. And Anna (a cool Australian girl) and myself um and ah about it before putting our names down for it. Tomorrow we white water raft into Chile!

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2 thoughts on “Hiking around Bariloche

  1. John Martin on said:

    Good read. Do you have any suggestions of good day hikes in the park around Bariloche?

    • Thanks man! There are a heap about! Most likely you will have to catch a bus – the hostel will point you in the right direction. You can hike up 3 mountains, even do the Circuito Chico, and what not. I’m no expert on the area but. Hope you enjoy the travels there!

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