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“Spectacular and entertaining hike not to miss...”

Catedral Alta Patagonis
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Ski and Mountain Resort at Catedral mountain in Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina. Open all-year-round
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 26 January 2014

Without doubt one of my favorite one day hikes in the last nine months, the views from the top are fantastic but for me, you will be missing the best parts if you take a ski-lift return ticket so go one way (120 pesos as of 24 Jan 2014) and hike all the way round.

To get there, you need to take a bus marked for Catedral from Calle Moreno (the bus stop is one block past Supermercado Uno if walking east along Moreno). You don't need the bus card for this one although you can use it if you want to, it cost me 10 pesos each way.

You will arrive at a huge car park where you need to buy a ticket for the ski lift. I would advise arriving earlier as apparently there are huge queues if you arrive later. Two lifts and not too long later, you will arrive at the top where you can see for miles upon miles. You then follow an easily marked trail (follow Refugio Frey) with plenty of people (its surprising how many people simply buy a return ticket and spend a mere half hour up top).

You will shortly arrive at a small peak where you can see a narrow looking trail around the side of the mountain with fewer people, that's where you are heading. From here on, you simply need to follow the red dots whilst watching your footing. I found the hike from here really entertaining as its not just a simple stroll, you have to walk and climb your way over and around the rocks on the side of the mountain. It didn't feel unsafe at all but I would re-iterate, follow the red dots and just watch your footing and don't get too casual.

The highlight of this hike for me was the three valleys you see, the first whilst you are working your way around the mountain (there is a beautiful, thin weaving river), and the second two, each with its own lake, as your worm your way down towards Refugio Frey, which is on the second lake. It is not really a taxing hike so most should find it pretty relaxing since the uphill is all the ski lift. It could be a little uncomfortable for those with troublesome knees.

Refugio Frey is in a beautiful setting (at the far end of the second lake) and is a fantastic spot to stop for some food, drink or a little sun bath if the weather is good. Its quite busy as there are plenty of day hikers and even more folk camping out there. It should take around 3-4 hours to get here depending on how often you stop.

On leaving the refugio, the views, sadly, are not so spectacular and you follow a dirt path down into the woods (which look a little like what I would imagine the Enchanted Forest would look like). Eventually, you emerge on a ledge from where you can see Lago Gutierrez in the distance, which is very pleasant. The final stint of the three hour descent from Frey however is somewhat dull and drags a little, especially as there is nothing left to see. Back at the car park, you can take the bus from where it dropped you.

For those, like me, that want to hike all the way to save spending money on the ski lift, I would say it is possible in a day so long as you start early, but frankly I think it would have irritated me had I done it. The hike up to the refugio would be quite taxing and not too entertaining. You would then need to climb up, around, and back again to take in everything, before another lengthy decent from Fray...so unless you really want a tough workout and a very long day (or you are camping up there), I would suggest taking the ski lift.

As always, any questions, please give me a shout. Enjoy...

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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We arrived before 3 bus loads of tourists thank goodness as there is only one window open to buy tickets.
Great views and worth the visit.

1  Thank LindaH274
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

We visited the Cerro Catedral in August and our experience was just perfect! The weather, the snow and the town.
The snow quality is very good and the mountain has trails for all levels. Plenty of intermediate trails, and the expert trails are nice and wide. Maybe better for ski then snowboard.
We chose to rent all the equipment because we didn't want to carry all our stuff during our trip. So we rented the full kit and kaboodle...skis, boots, goggles, ski jackets, pants and gloves. Rental gear was all good quality(salomon) and very reasonably priced considering our budget.
The views are incredible! The ski resort is well developed...restaurants on the mountain for beer and lunch stops.
There was a shuttle that brings you from the town to the mountain and back. We missed the shuttle but still caught the public transit.
The town had a lot of good bars, microbreweries and fondue restaurants. People and staff were friendly with us.
We definitely recommend Cerro Catedral to all those who want a good ski day in a great touristic ski resort.

5  Thank VioletaDeyapa
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

We visited the Catedral in the Spring after all the snow had melted. The gondola was still operating for trips to the summit for viewing. The panoramic views were awesome!

1  Thank JTritt
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

The place, the mountains, everything is beautiful but I didnt have fun in skiing.. I lost all morning trying and I just fell down, even with classes hahahhaa To walk with that heavy boots and the ski equipment in hands made my visit very tiring and boring hahahaha.. But its a very beautiful place!!!! I loved

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