48 San Carlos De Bariloche Facts: You Will Love To Visit Here

Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Jan 23, 2024 By Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Originally Published on Feb 17, 2022
Here are some Bariloche, Argentina facts that will make you want to visit this picturesque place!
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Are you looking for a picture-perfect, aesthetic place to visit in Argentina'sRío Negro province?

Well, look no further! San Carlos De Bariloche in Northern Patagonia is the destination for you!

The picturesque city of San Carlos de Bariloche, mostly called Bariloche, was founded in 1902. The natural beauty of the Andes Mountains and Nahuel Huapi Lake encircles it.

Do you want to know the best part? Whenever you feel like it, you can visit Bariloche without worrying about the weather, be it summer, autumn, spring, or winter. There is always something to do, adventures to be had, or something for you to enjoy all year round!

Want to know more about the alluring city of Bariloche in Argentina? Read the following facts to find out more!

Location Of Bariloche

Location plays a massive role in attracting tourists to a place. Find out how the location of Bariloche in Patagonia plays an integral role in luring tourists with these incredible facts.

  • This place in Patagonia did not become a tourist stop straight away.
  • Only after three or four decades of its establishment did it emerge as a widely popular tourist spot.
  • You can find Bariloche at the bottom of the Andes Mountains and close to the Nahuel Huapi Lake.
  • This place, in Northern Patagonia, is within the oldest national park in Argentina, Nahuel Huapi National Park.
  • Nahuel Huapi National Park is so huge that it covers nearly 2 million acres (0.80 million ha) of land!
  • It is 1019.04 mi (1,640 km) away from Buenos Aires, the capital city and chief port of Argentina.
  • The latitude and longitude of this small city are -41 degrees 08' 44.05'S, -71degrees 18' 29.59'W.
  • The area of this city is 85.05 sq mi (220.27 sq km). Its elevation above the sea is 2752 ft (839 m).
  • It is situated as such that it is an all-year-round tourist spot!
  • It not only lets people do several adventurous activities, but it also allows its visitors to shop and dine in a variety of restaurants and cafes.
  • Can you imagine how many people would want to live in this picturesque place permanently and how many actually do live here? The headcount is about 122,700 as per the figures calculated in 2015, with an estimated increase to 135,704 by 2020.
  • Big cities do have their own charm and benefits, but for people who love tranquility and natural places, San Carlos de Bariloche is a place with which they can't help but fall in love.

If you don't think that you will love this place, then can you come up with a better place than one which is surrounded all around by lakes, mountains, and forests?

History Of Bariloche

Have you ever wondered how Bariloche became such a famous destination for travelers all over the world? You must dive deep into the history of this small place to know more. The study of the past events of the place plays a significant role, and it will help you in understanding the state of the things at present and how they came to be.

  • The history of Bariloche dates back to the final division of the Stone Age, the Neolithic period when human beings first came to the Nahuel Huapi.
  • The earliest people to dwell there were Mapuche, and the first excursions were missionaries from Chile.
  • The Spanish governor of Chile, back in 1552, dispatched a Spanish inquisitor to investigate the land east of the Andes, but he somehow ended up traveling south and near Nahuel Huapi Lake.
  • Even the Jesuit priest Diego de Rosales went to the lake as per the orders of the Governor of Chile.
  • Following suit of the previous visitors, the Jesuit priest Nicolás Mascardi too arrived in 1670.
  • Not soon after, Mascardi found a mission, the Nahuel Huapi Mission, at the shore of the lake, but in 1717, Poyas destroyed it.
  • Anyone who dared to raise the Nahuel Huapi Mission was stopped by the Crown.
  • Thereafter, the Argentine military campaign arrived in the area in 1881, but those who settled there were immigrants who developed a vigorous business activity with Chile.
  • The border treaty between Chile and Argentina also came into effect soon after, making the Nahuel Huapi region a part of Argentina.
  • Bariloche was officially founded in 1902 and named after Carlos Wiederhold.
  • Between 1935 and 1940, a large number of urban infrastructure improvements were completed in order to give the area a unique architectural character, and just like that, tourism sparked.
picturesque city of San Carlos de Bariloche

Culture Of Bariloche

No matter where you travel, you will notice cultural heterogeneity everywhere. Look over some of the following facts about the culture of Bariloche.

  • In Bariloche, cultural variety has existed since its creation. The languages that are spoken and creative manifestations clearly demonstrate this.
  • People don't just speak Spanish and Portuguese, they communicate in English as well. So, you need not worry about interacting with the locals when you do visit Bariloche.
  • Many folklore ensembles perform Celtic or medieval music in this area.
  • Several talented artists from all over the world come to live here, bringing their culture with them. After all, who wouldn't want to live in the magnificent environment of Bariloche?
  • Many artists come here just to perform, sweetening the local scene all year long.
  • The museums in Bariloche prove to be a good place to start if you want to explore Bariloche's culture.
  • Some of the most captivating museums are the Museum of Patagonia, the Art Gallery Complex Cable Car Cerro Otto, the Chocolate Museum, the Paleontological Museum, and the Museum of the Old Settlers.
  • There are autonomous rooms and locations where people can gather with the goal of building and spreading cultural initiatives in Bariloche.
  • Some of the most famous autonomous rooms and locations are the Centro Cultural Puentes, Camping Musical Bariloche, Cultural Plant of the Civic Center-Sarmiento, Roots- RestoBar with live music, and many more!

Tourism Of Bariloche

Recharge and fill your soul with adventure by visiting Bariloche, Patagonia, with your family, or you may even come alone! With the ultimate blend of nature, adventure, and unbelievable weather all year long, there will always be something to do!

  • Bariloche was recognized as the 'national capital of tourism destination' by Law 26802 in November 2012.
  • It has calm, out-of-the-world getaways, perfect weather, and breathtaking views.
  • People come to take part in leisure activities, sports, and adventure activities such as skiing, hiking, bicycling, and ziplining. With so much to offer, this mountain village is an excellent base for exploring Argentina's Lake District.
  • During the summer, you can stay in one-of-a-kind mountain cottages in Bariloche that serve the most incredible cuisine of Patagonia. You may bask in the sun and have a picnic on one of the beaches.
  • The ancient forests provide an ideal trail for intermediate hikers. You can try many adventure sports, such as canyoning, skiing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, or kite surfing. Some other activities that you can have a shot at are museum tours, fishing, or seeing one of the lakes.
  • At night, during the summer season, you can let loose and enjoy yourself as Bariloche caters to every taste.
  • Views from Circuito Chico and Cerro Catedral are spectacular.
  • Trekking and mountain lodges, horseback riding, and adventure tourism are open for all during the fall.
  • Sightseeing by one of the lakes won't ever disappoint you, and neither will Nahuel Huapi National Park.
  • Grilled Patagonian lamb, smoked craft beer, mouthwatering chocolate, and much more are just waiting for you. Don't forget to go to the chocolate festival at Easter!
  • Snow can force people to remain indoors, in the comfort of their homes, but if you are one of those people who love to go out in the snow and take part in winter sports, then Bariloche, Patagonia, during the winter season will make you want to visit there every year!
  • Mostly, people come to Bariloche for skiing during the snow season, but if skiing is not your cup of tea, then you can go horseback riding, sledding, hiking, for a cable car ride, or canopy zip-lining.
  • Cerro Otto caters for all your day trips during the winter season. For those seeking adventurous activities, you can go to the Nordic Ski Center or Piedras Blancas.
  • Bariloche is the kind of city that changes with the changes in seasons. As the snow melts, you can literally feel the whole atmosphere of Bariloche morphing and getting ready for spring.
  • Imagine, you're walking down the street, a gentle breeze blows past you, and you close your eyes and take in a deep breath. You feel all the calm you have ever wanted. Sounds like paradise, doesn't it? Well, that is Bariloche for you during spring.
  • Shopping, gastronomy, and museum tours are ever-present options during all four seasons. Also, don't leave the city without tasting and buying chocolates!

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Written by Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason

Bachelor of Science specializing in Mass Communication.

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Adekunle Olanrewaju JasonBachelor of Science specializing in Mass Communication.

With over 3+ years of professional experience, Olanrewaju is a certified SEO Specialist and Content Writer. He holds a BSc in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. Throughout his dynamic career, Olanrewaju has successfully taken on various roles with startups and established organizations. He has served as a Technical Writer, Blogger, SEO Specialist, Social Media Manager, and Digital Marketing Manager. Known for his hardworking nature and insightful approach, Olanrewaju is dedicated to continuous learning and improvement.
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