Fly To San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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The city of San Carlos de Bariloche rests on the foothills of the Andes in Argentina’s Rio Negro province. The city is sheltered by the mountains of Tronador, Cerro Catedral, Cerro López and surrounded by Nahuel Huapi Lake, Gutiérrez Lake, Moreno Lake and Mascardi Lake. Such a setting promises a wealth of exquisite mountain scenery and opportunities to relax and rejuvenate in tranquil waters. The distinguishing feature of Bariloche is its Swiss-style architecture and it has been referred to as the ‘Switzerland of the Americas’.
Bariloche is an upmarket tourist destination and prides itself on tourism being its main economic activity with seasonal attractions all year round. Bariloche has superb ski, trekking and mountaineering facilities; and is a gateway for visitors seeking adventure and relaxation.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details

  • South African passport holders travelling to Bariloche do not require a Visa for Argentina for a period of 90 days. Do make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
  • The nearest South African Consulate to Bariloche is the South African Embassy in Buenos Aires. Avenida Marcelo T de Alvear 590, 8th Floor, C1058AAF, Buenos Aires 1058. Phone: + 54 11 4317 2900.

See and do

A sightseeing tour of the city will lead you to many places of cultural and historical significance such as the Civic Center which houses many art and cultural events, the main commercial centre of Mitre Street, the city’s historical monument - the Chapel of the Immaculate, the Walk of Nations, the Council of Nahuel Huapi National Park and Club Andino Bariloche. The Museum of Patagonia offer visitors exhibits depicting aboriginal history, as well as urban archaeology and natural science displays.
Popular outdoor activities enjoyed during the summer season include trekking in the mountains, climbing, camping, fishing, horse riding and rafting. Sun worshipping visitors should head to Playa Bonita and Villa Tacul beaches to sun bathe. The multiple lakes that encircle Bariloche afford unique fishing expeditions and the city is widely acclaimed for its fishing season. Many reputable tour companies in the area offer safe rock climbing and paragliding opportunities, while a leisurely ride in a gondola to the top of Cerro Otto provides unsurpassed views of the area.
Skiing is central to Bariloche’s winter tourist activities and Cerro Catedral is the city’s main ski resort. Other activities to enjoy in winter are mountain biking, snowboarding, snow polo and paragliding.

San Carlos de Bariloche Airport – BRC

Bariloche Airport (code BRC) is the fourth largest airport in Argentina and is located 13km out of the city.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Bariloche Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. Hotels in close proximity to the airport are: Hotel 7 Lagos, Kumelka, Hotel Costa del Lago and Hosteria Guemes.
Car Hire: Thrifty, Europcar, Hertz, Dollar, National Car Rental, Alamo, Avis.

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