San Carlos de Bariloche, or simply Bariloche, is the most important winter tourism city in South America and the most populous city of the Patagonian Andes.
I was in Mendoza, another fantastic city of magnificent Argentina. He Harvest Festival It was about to end, and the next destination had to be planned.
It was then that I remembered Mario, a young Argentine who I met in Thailand while doing my diving courses.
After about a month of diving on the shores of Koh Tao, there was little left to finish the internship and get my last license, when I had to become an assistant to an instructor who was about to start a course for a group of Spanish-speaking people . During that course of diving initiation that lasted 3 days, between immersion and immersion I shared many times with Mario on the deck of the ship talking about South America, about his beloved Argentina, and of course, about Bariloche, his hometown.
From that moment Bariloche was indicated in my world map imaginary.
This is how it works friends. If you travel without a fully prepared and programmed itinerary, the best way to get around is through the references of the people you meet in the different places where you pass.
So, being in Mendoza as I said, with the map of South America in front of me, after remembering Mario it was very easy to make the decision, I was going to Bariloche.
Located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park, in the southwest of the province of Río Negro, next to the Andes mountain range, on the southern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche, with its natural reserves, which include lakes, forests and mountains, its architectural style, and its outstanding ski centers, it has everything to leave anyone who passes by there totally enchanted.
When one travels with the backpack on his back with the intention of knowing as many places as possible and living as many experiences as possible, three, four, five days, it is possibly the average time that one usually stays in one place. Depending on the attractions of the area, time will be lengthened or reduced. In Bariloche I think I stayed 10 days.
My first night in Bariloche, not getting lodging in any hostel, I spent it inside the tent that, along with my backpack, faithfully accompanied me throughout my trip around the world. I found a camping installed in the middle of a forest on the outskirts of town, and I will never forget that night; It was the coldest I remember in my whole life.
I think I got to wear sports leggings, long socks, jeans, sweatpants, three shirts, a fleece, jacket, hat and scarf, and tucked into the sleeping bag. Well, even then, there was no way to hit the eye during that cold night. Finally, a couple of bottles of good red wine that had traveled with me from Mendoza, solved the 'trouble'. They both fell, and I slept hot and deep until the sound of the birds woke me up shortly after dawn.
The next day, luckily, a room was free in The Sports Bag, a highly recommended hostel if you go through Bariloche and look for accommodation.
Bike tours through the “small circuit“, Walks along the banks of the lake, visits to the market, good dinners in the Alberto's Bowling, or just share a good 'mate'with the locals, they are some of the infinite activities that Bariloche offers you, a rustic and very welcoming town that, without a doubt, will be able to steal your heart.
Bariloche, what a magnificent place!5.001