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Bariloche, Argentina: Vacations and Travel Info
Gateway to the Argentinean Patagonia, the city of San Carlos de Bariloche lies on the banks of the Nahuel Huapi River in the Rio Negro Province, within the boundaries of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, located 2,500 ft above sea level at the foothills of the Andes. Bariloche is the most important city and has the largest population in the region. It's surrounded by spectacular mountains, forests, pristine lakes and awe-inspiring glaciers. Because it has a good tourism infrastructure with a lot of hotels and excellent tourist services, it has become a major vacation destination in Argentina.
Bariloche has a mountain climate featuring abundant snow precipitation during the winter with lows reaching 46 degrees F. Summers are warm and dry with maximum temperatures reaching 86 degrees F. The highest precipitation falls from May to June. November is particularly windy with gusts of up to 62 mph. Because of its geographic and geomorphic characteristics, Bariloche is an unbeatable adventure destination. Tourism is the city's major economic activity, receiving about 800,000 visitors annually.
A Bit of History
There is evidence of indigenous settlements prior to the arrival of Europeans to the area, groups of which were later exterminated by the Argentinean government through a military campaign called the Conquest of the Desert that took place at the end of the 19th century. It consisted of a series of attacks on the indigenous people for the purpose of taking their land and expanding the borders of Argentina. Bariloche was officially founded in May 1902, although it remained quite secluded from the rest of Argentina for many years. Because of a lack of roads between Bariloche and Buenos Aires, the trip between these two cities was rather treacherous. Thus it was difficult to provide the city with supplies and the locals depended upon trade with Chile for survival.
The city boasts unique architectural characteristics and breathtaking mountain landscapes, forests, rivers, and crystal clear lakes. Throughout the years, Bariloche has transcended for its awe-inspiring natural beauty and its charming alpine architecture, a product of the cultural exchange that occurred with the arrival of German, Austrian, Italian, and Swiss immigrants who settled in the area. The prevailing architecture consists of rock and wood houses or log cabins with pitched roofs surrounded by green lawns, very much like the architecture and the landscapes of the Swiss Alps.
A Fun-Filled Destination
Because Bariloche offers countless activities all year round, it is a popular destination among domestic and international tourists alike. In the spring, summer, and the beginning of fall, you can go on lots of excursions and do plenty of outdoor activities, which can include adventure or eco-tourism. During the winter, the snow, skiing, and all sorts of snow sports are the main attraction. Bariloche features several ski resorts with an extensive network of ski slopes for all levels, over 40 lifts and gondolas are available, and there are a number of ski centers located on different mountains and hills around the area.
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