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Exploring Argentina’s San Carlos de Bariloche

Bariloche
Bariloche in Summer (image open source from wikimedia)

San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina is one of the world’s least known ‘hotspots’.  With skiing, trekking, hiking, and the fabulous Andes mountains surrounding the gorgeous waters of Nahuel Nuapi Lake, there is no shortage of outdoors activities in the area and since the 1930s and 1940s, there has been a steady buildup of cultural, architectural, and touristic infrastructure as well. The city of slightly more than 100,000 is famous for the chocolate the region produces and the historic ruins nearby which have survived from Spanish colonial days.

Still, the modern city of Bariloche was born when a German merchant opened a shop near the modern city center in the 1880s. Carlos Weiderhold is considered the founding father of the city. The city is built in the style of a Swiss mountain town and as such has an odd character in its South American environment. Long known among wealthy Argentines as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of busy Buenes Aires, the city gained a bit of unwelcome notoriety in the 1990’s when several Nazi war criminals were discovered living there.

In recent years, Tourism has become the number one industry in Bariloche and not only Argentines but also Europeans and Brazillians flock there in  winter for fantastic skiing, mountaineering, and outdoor adventures. Those visiting can utilize paid parking to take care of their vehicles, ski equipment, and parking needs in this crowded winter resort.  Temperatures in summer are also very nice with a cool Mediterranean climate and plenty of hiking, fishing, and outdoor adventures.

 

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