Arriving into Bariloche Argentina, you could be mistaken for thinking that you’re flying into a European alpine destination.
As soon as you hit the tarmac, the majestic mountains greet you.
The region’s landscape is very similar to the EU, dense with cypress trees, mountains, lakes and quaint villages. I felt I had been transported from South America direct to Western Europe!
Situated on Lago Nahuel Huapi and at the base of the Andes Mountains, the town of Bariloche, otherwise known as San Carlos de Bariloche was founded in the early 1900s. Immigrants from Europe identified with the area, as it resembled many of their own homelands. With an affinity for the region, migrants particularly those of German origin settled here.
Forty years on, the town grew a reputation as an outdoor adventure destination due to its extensive amount of lakes, rivers and mountains. Today, it is a vibrant mecca for travellers wanting to ski in winter, or hike and bike in the summer.
To read more about Bariloche Argentina, see my article on Cover More’s travel blog, Bariloche The Europe of South America.