Bariloche is a city located in the Argentine Patagonia, close to the Andes Mountains. The official name is San Carlos de Bariloche, but it’s commonly called only Bariloche. The city is surrounded by the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, on the shore of the lake with the same name. The Nahuel Huapi lake is a huge and deep lake of glacial origin, it’s beautiful and gives you plenty of opportunities to take good pictures.
If you are familiar with the European Alps, you’ll see some references in Bariloche. The Swiss alpine style can be noticed especially in the architecture, but you can also see some influence in the gastronomy. Read cheese fondue and chocolate. As a person that has been to both places (and loved both), I guarantee that they are totally different, starting with the culture.
The city is a popular base for skiers during the winter (a lot of Brazilians go there, you’ll hear Portuguese every corner), but it’s a place to visit whether you like ski sports or not. There are many outdoor activities, amazing sceneries, and of course, Argentine cuisine, and wine scene.
I visited Bariloche for the first time in the winter of 2017 (August), and it felt like home, not only because I could hear Portuguese everywhere, but also because the city looks cozy and welcoming. It has a small town vibe, surrounded by a big lake and mountains. I hope to come back during the summer someday; it must be beautiful too.
The pictures below will inspire you to visit Bariloche in Argentina