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Bariloche / Stay in or out of the town

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Bariloche / Stay in or out of the town

We are traveling to Bariloche the first week in March and are flying directly there from BAs after a long day of travel. Our question is whether to stay in the town center the first night or head straight to somewhere outside of town. We endeavor to spend most of our time there (3-4 days) with active pursuits (trekking, day trips etc). Is this relatively easy to do from outside of town? Also, it is best to rent a car and follow suggested, self-guided day trips or book a guide? If the latter, is that best done ahead of time or in town once there?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Bariloche / Stay in or out of the town

HI,

We stayed recently for 4 nights and spent time doing local walks and cycling. We stayed in a very modern apartment in the center of town. It was in a security building and I felt the convenient location did compensate for the lack of outlook.

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This was on the main street serviced by all the local buses and we had no problem using the buses to get to the start of the Refugio Gray walk and the cycle rental for the Chico Circuit and certainly the buses did service many other areas. We did hire cars a number of times when in South America but not in Bariloche and be aware the rental companies can impose very big security deposits on your credit card, particularly if you have other insurance and don't elect to take their own insurance cover. We had a security deposit of about $8000 USD placed on our credit card by Hertz and it took more than 8 days to be reversed out.

While our Apartment had full cooking facilities it was also an advantage being in town if you wanted a wide range of choices for eating out and access to other services. We also used one of the city laundries to get all our clothes washing done.

Hope this helps

Stephen

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2. Re: Bariloche / Stay in or out of the town

For the Bariloche area then a car rental offers the best flexibility of your time. For myself, I do not like the town but I do enjoy the area around the LlaoLlao hotel(26KM) which is next to the Small Circuit drive and the boat docks for the lake cruising. Also, many of the trails begin this area and offers a full range of trail opportunities.

Have a look at www.barilochevacationrental.com for an example of a nice property and the views from this area.

Also, with the car then you can visit Villa Angostura, and take the 7 Lakes Drive. Also, a visit to San Martin de los Andes is a treat.

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3. Re: Bariloche / Stay in or out of the town

Thank you very much, Stephen. I'm guessing if you are out and about most of the day, it doesn't matter where you stay so maybe we will follow your lead and stay in the town for convenience.

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4. Re: Bariloche / Stay in or out of the town

Fabulous information, Ricardo. Unfortunately that casita is not available during our stay but I will see if I can identify something similar and look into that area as well.

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The whole of Avenida Bustillo from town to the Llao Llao has a huge variety of lodging. The address will have something like "Km 14", which will indicate how far from town it is. Staying outside town is nice if you stay in a cabin so you can do some self-catering (although Stephen recommends an apartment in town which also has the advantage of self-catering). There are supermarkets and small shops on Bustillo to buy groceries. There is a bus which passes down the length of Bustillo fairly frequently, although renting a car gives you more freedom. Staying in town means you would be in a more urban area with more shops etc. It might be easier to stay the first night in town in order to gather information at the tourist office about activities and how to arrange them. Each choice has its advantages.

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6. Re: Bariloche / Stay in or out of the town

Tripadvisor has a wide variety of vacation rental listings:

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