Leaving Buenos Aires behind opens up a new chapter. I’d like you all to meet Walter. The car that’s seen quite a bit of the world starting up north in Canada, traveling the Americas with one objective; to reach Ushuaia, the end of the world. I’m joining this fella on its road trip down south, together with the proud Aussie owner and two Israeli guys with a horrible taste of music, but extremely good dance moves. Bariloche is where we’re heading first. So let the Patagonia road trip begin!

Lake views over Bariloche Argentina
posing roadtrip argentina

Bienvenida a Bariloche

After three days of driving from Buenos Aires, sleeping in a tent on random spots along the road, and having restaurant fresh-up sessions, we’ve finally made it to Bariloche! The drive down here was absolutely beautiful, with changing sceneries all along. The moment you drive into Bariloche you know you’re for a treat. Bariloche is part of the “lake district”, which offers you lakes, lakes, lakes, and beautiful hikes. The town is known for its chocolate and the Nahuel Huapi National Park. For me, it’s now known as being hazed for our welcoming into the Israeli wolfpack. As Israeli’s always know someone in every single place they go to, our group expanded quickly with another five Israeli girls. Which means Hebrew, discussions about everything, and food, lots of food. Since they normally stick together quite a lot, we (the Aussie and I) feel quite honored we made the cut.

Picnic with a view

Together with our Israeli wolfpack, we discovered the beautiful lake district. While in Winter Bariloche is the place to go skiing, Summer times are for hiking the many mountains Bariloche has to offer. The first stop for us was Cerro Campanario. You can either walk 17km from town or catch a bus, as us lazy bunch did, to get here. The 360-views were absolutely mindblowing. Having a little picnic up here was definitely one of the highlights. Nothing beats drinking wine with that view, right?

Lake views of Bariloche in Argentina
Horse riding group Bariloche view

Exploring Bariloche on a horseback

Bariloche is quite famous for its hikes, but I must admit we took the easy way out. One of the other highlights was the horse riding we did on another trail. I wish I was a proper gaucho, galloping through the fields and mountains, but nothing is further from the truth. This horse riding trip was more like a geriatric kind of thing. My horse Oscuro did a good job getting me up and down that mountain, knowing exactly where to stop and where to speed up. He even knew how to pose for the picture. Although maybe not the most thrill-seeking experience, it was very relaxing and those views were surroundings you’ll definitely not find in good old Holland.

Eat your way around Bariloche

After hiking and horseback riding the surroundings of Bariloche, you need a good bed and something good to feed on. Even though the town of Bariloche isn’t the most charming one, we found our way around it. We stayed at the Wood House Hostel, which has a friendly social vibe, a big garden, and some comfy beds to recharge your battery. While exploring Bariloche we munched on many flavors of empanadas at La 10 Empanadas, had some great steak and Argentinian wine at El Boliche de Alberto, and dove into the endless choice of ice cream flavors at Helados Jauja.

Patagonia's flying start

Bariloche is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Patagonia. We just started off and it’s already this stunning. It makes you wonder what more there is to explore. We are continuing our road trip down South and are off to the Carretera Austral. Wanna tag along? Hasta luego Bariloche,


Bariloche views in Argentina

Photos by: M. Barends

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