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Hiking Bariloche

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Discover Bariloche, the principal city of the Argentine Lakes District and a great base camp for enjoying various outdoor activities including an incredible hiking experience at Cerrito Llao Llao that will provide a glimpse of the natural beauties around Bariloche and includes an easy to intermediate hike, perfect for people who enjoy longer walks but do not necessarily need to challenge themselves up a big mountain. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Bariloche
Day 2 : Hike Cerrito Llao Llao
Day 3 : Trekking to Bella Vista Mountain
Day 4 : Trekking Jesuit Lookout
Day 5 : Bariloche

Highlights

  • Hike the stunning Cerrito Llao Llao
  • Enjoy plenty of flowers and bird watching opportunities at Bella Vista Mountain
  • Explore a dense evergreen forest with creeks and abundant Colihue cane

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Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Relaxed

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Day 1 Arrive in Bariloche

Arrive in Bariloche and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 Hike Cerrito Llao Llao

Today's experience will provide a glimpse of the natural beauties around Bariloche and includes an easy to intermediate hike, perfect for people who enjoy long walks but do not necessarily need to challenge themselves up a big mountain. The bilingual guide and a vehicle will pick you up at the centrally located hotel for a drive in an excursion to the starting point of the hike. Some stops are planned along the Circuito Chico at Angostura, Bahía Lopez and the panoramic stop of the Llao Llao. The richness of the North-Patagonian forest and its views will be shown along the approximately 4-hour hike in the natural reserve and the highest point of the Llao Llao peninsula, at the Nahuel Huapi lakeshore. Lunch will be on a hidden beach at the Nahuel Huapi lake.

Some useful items to pack: Trekking shoes or boots, water bottle, sun protection (hat, glasses & sunblock), wind/waterproof jacket, fleece, gloves, & day backpack.
 

Day 3 Trekking to Bella Vista Mountain

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
The guide will pick you up at the hotel with a private vehicle at 9AM. This hike is perfect for those who like gaining elevation quickly and are not afraid of a steady 2-hour uphill trek. The day begins at “Refugio Jacob” Trailhead, also called “El Tambo” here the trail slowly climbs the Southeast ridge of Bella Vista Mount. The hike begins on an old grown “Colihue” tree forest with a dense undergrowth which offers plenty of flowers and bird watching opportunities. The ascend reaches easily a couple of beautiful viewpoints in between the deciduous “Lenga” tree forest and even before the trees turn into shrubs. The climax will be appreciating the immensity of the Andes, the complex lake systems of Nahuel Huapi and Bariloche itself. Weather and physical conditions subject an hour hike to the top will allow you a fascinating 360º view before descending the same way back. Once at the base of the mountain, the bus will drive you back to the hotel.

Level of Challenge: Medium
Recommended Season: Spring – Summer – Autumn
Considerations: During the Spring, expect to find snow at the upper part of the mountain. Good hiking boots and gaiters recommended.
Duration of the activity: 6-8 hours
Length of the Trek:  7.6 km
Starting Altitude: 860 meters above sea level
Max Altitude Climbed:  1770 meters above sea level
Elevation gained: 750m till the skyline (at 1610 meters above sea level) and 890m if you make the summit (at 1770 meters above sea level)
Service includes:
Bilingual Certified Mountain Guide (additional Assistant Guide during Spring season for groups larger than 7 hikers)
Box Lunch + water + tea + snacks
First Aid Kit + VHF Radio + GPS
Insurance

Day 4 Trekking Jesuit Lookout

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This day hike covers an area of the National Park that not too many people visit. It is great for those who love the solitude of the mountains and here you gain it even in the busiest season.

The trail begins at Guillelmo lake. During the first hour, you explore a dense evergreen forest with creeks and Colihue cane growing everywhere. Take a deserved water break enjoying the view of Guillelmo lake below you and wildflowers covering the mountain site. Continue gaining elevation until you reach an old-growth Lenga forest. From this point you get an amazing view of the surrounding valley, wide and glacier-carved with dense green forest covering it.

At this point, the trail becomes more gentle and progress is done at a better pace. It’s common to see different species of woodpeckers in the trees here. At 1640 meters of elevation trees become bushes and then disappear, becoming alpine terrain. To reach the summit, ascend a scree field that may have some snow depending on the season. At the summit, Mount Tronador appears, claiming the horizon to the West. Its glaciers and three summits look beautiful above the remaining peaks of the Cordillera de Los Andes. Time for a summit picture and lunch.

The descent follows the uphill trail back to the starting point. On the descent you will discover features you didn’t notice in the way up, for example how the lakes Mascardi and Guillelmo connected.

If you still have plenty of energy, you can continue the way down towards the lake and enjoy a relaxing swim in the clearest waters you've ever seen!

Level of Challenge: Medium
Recommended Season: Spring – Summer – Autumn
Duration of the activity: 6-8 hours
Length of the Trek:  8.1 km
Starting Altitude: 890 meters above sea level
Max Altitude Climbed:  1930 meters above sea level
Elevation gained: 1040 m
Service includes:
Bilingual Mountain Guide
Box Lunch + water + tea + snacks
First Aid Kit + VHF Radio + GPS
Insurance

Day 5 Bariloche

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport.
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Included

  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed

Excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Park Entrance Fee
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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