Bariloche is found at the base of the Andes and on the southern shores of the Nahuel Huapi lake, in the national park, of the same name. The Myrtle forest is a popular destination due to its incredibly distorted tree trunks, reminiscent of a cartoon glade and even thought to have been the inspiration for Walt Disney when he wrote Bambi! Bariloche is a popular skiing, trekking and mountaineering destination, but is also a vibrant city and the home of many cafes and delectable chocolate shops. The word Bariloche means "people from behind the mountain" in the native language of Mapudungun. The city is Argentinian; however, it is often confused with being Chilean due to its proximity to Santiago in Chile.
This is the national park of Bariloche. It's the perfect place to experience the wilderness filled with stunning lagoons and flora and fauna. This is an incredible place for hiking and for nature lovers, with the dormant volcano of Tronador. There are cabins in the park to camp if you are looking for an overnight camping option in the park.
Punta Tombo is a peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the home to the famous Magellan penguins and the largest of its kind in the country. The reserve is also the home to a variety of other animal and bird species such as gulls, cormorants, rheas and guanacos! The best time of year to see the penguins is from November to February.
Just north of Bariloche is another small town that’s well worth a visit – Villa La Angostura, high in the mountains and home to the Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes. The park gets its name from the arrayán trees that are endemic near the Argentinian-Chilean border and were important to the native Mapuche people as a source of medicine.