Sunday, March 28, 2010

Destination of the Week...

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina should be on everyone's checklist of places to visit. This cozy ski village is nestled in the mountains of northern Patagonia’s Lakes District, overlooking the turquoise waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi. All year round the scenery here is simply breathtaking, but during the winter months Bariloche is said to have the best skiing in the Southern Hemisphere, and in the summer months, the hiking, bike riding, river rafting, fishing, and other sports are superb. Even without snow on the ground, one can still ride a chair lift or climb to the mountaintops, to get a 360° view of the surrounding lakes, glaciers, and snow-capped Andes.

Any outdoors lover won't want to leave this place, but rest assured, there is something here for everyone. From shops overflowing with famous chocolate, and even a chocolate museum, a variety of delicious restaurants, a casino, to a great local flea market. From elegant resort hotels to campsites, this is truly a place for everyone. San Carlos de Bariloche is also easy to get to. Approximately 1,020 miles (1,40 Kilometers) from Buenos Aires, and just across the Andes from Chile, there are several options to reach Bariloche, including road, plane, boat, and hiking trails. Whether San Carlos de Bariloche is on your way, or completely out of your way, it is well worth a visit.

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