A month from winter, Río Negro expects a season with great tourism

San Carlos de Bariloche and El Bolsón, located at the foot of the Andes Mountains, are the perfect destinations to enjoy the white landscapes with family or friends and make a visit to Río Negro an unforgettable moment

(Source: Gobierno de Río Negro)

Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, the most important in South America, offers 32 slopes, both for professionals and beginners, so that children or those who have never practiced the discipline can also practice it while learning the first steps. At the same time, for those who want a different experience, the hill also has fun snowmobile tours, snowshoeing trips, sleigh rides or various activities at the base of the hill, such as slides in cupipatín or the two magic carpets for the enjoyment of the little ones.

Cerro Perito Moreno in El Bolsón, the fastest growing in the region in recent years, has a wide range of slopes, totaling 23 skiable kilometers for alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding, as well as sleigh rides and hikes with rackets that complement each other perfectly with the 4 confectioneries of the place that offer the most delicious mountain dishes and sweets.

On the other hand, Bariloche has various excursions that depart from Puerto Pañuelo on the Llao Llao peninsula, among which we can count on Victoria Island and the Arrayanes Forest, Puerto Blest and the Cascada de los Cántaros and the Cruce Andino, a mythical route that connects Argentina with Chile and was used by the Huilliche and Mapuche natives 400 years ago.

In addition, in terms of hiking or horseback riding in the mountains, in El Bolsón tourists will have the opportunity to visit the traditional attractions that range from the Carved Forest on the slopes of Cerro Piltriquitrón to the Del Azul and Cabeza de Indio viewpoints. While in Bariloche, the most experienced can take the Four Refuges Crossing or the Path to Cerro Tronador, two demanding multi-day alternatives from which you can fully enjoy the immense magnitude of the Cordillera with incomparable views.

It should be noted that the Andean Region is also world famous for its gastronomy, among which the Chocolate Route stands out, where families can taste the products of various chocolate shops in the area, and visit the Chocolate Museum. Likewise, craft beers, Patagonian lamb and trout are typical products of the region that perfectly complement the menus of restaurants in Bariloche and Bolsonense.

Visit two emerging destinations in the Cordillera that invite new experiences...

A few kilometers from Bariloche are Villa Llanquín and Dina Huapi, two towns that have been developing their tourist offer month after month and today are two of the most important emerging destinations in Río Negro, offering an alternative to enjoy the landscapes Andean people immersed in unparalleled peace and tranquility and in close contact with Andean nature.

Being at the mouth of the Limay and Ñirihuau rivers in the Nahuel Huapi Lake, Dina Huapi is the provincial capital of Sport Fishing in its Fly mode, which entails a high commitment to the conservation of the environment and the natural species that surround it. make up. Also, in addition to fishing, in the town you can do various activities and adventure sports, such as kitesurfing, windsurfing, horseback riding, trekking and cycling, among others.

One of the most emblematic excursions that can be done in Dina Huapi is a visit to Cerro Leones. A rocky bastion of an extinct volcano, with caverns that were inhabited for more than 8,000 years by the oldest native peoples of the region, which also has a spectacular viewpoint from where you can appreciate all the magnitude and beauty of the postcards that leave the Steppe and the Cordillera.

On the other hand, 25 kilometers from Dina Huapi along Provincial Route 237 is Villa Llanquín, a charming spot that is accessed through an iconic pedestrian suspension bridge and the Balsa Maroma. There, tourists will be able to disconnect from the daily routine and connect with the natural environment through different tourist experiences: trekking through the caves and viewpoints, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing and rafting on the iconic Limay River.

The postcards of the picturesque town are perfectly decorated by the impressive lavender field of "Lavandas del Limay", a venture that started with only 50 plants of this beautiful variety and today already contains more than 4,000 different species, offering guided tours. and purchase and sale of numerous craft products with lavender as the main ingredient.

Traveling through an infinite landscape on rails...

La Estepa offers, through the company Tren Patagónico SA, different alternatives to get to know the heart of steppe nature and the warmth of its inhabitants from a unique perspective, through the tranquility, comfort and peace of train travel.

In this sense, the company offers the Patagonian Train, a traditional means of transport that links the sea with the mountains on a weekly basis, and La Trochita, a historic 100-year-old railway formation, as attractions that can be done at any time of the year and are totally enjoyable. from the beginning of your journey to the end.

The Patagonian Train departs from Viedma every Friday at 6:00 p.m., covering the entire southern line and bordering the Somuncura Plateau, to arrive in Bariloche on Saturdays at noon, being able to travel in different classes that include from the typical pullman to a very comfortable. While the return is made starting from the Andean city on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. This service has a tray service to move vehicles.

On the other hand, La Trochita offers an unforgettable tour that connects Ingeniero Jacobacci and Empalme Station through a magical walk full of history and tradition. These excursions can be made from June 10, on a "short" journey, only 15 kilometers and half an hour long, but which allows you to enjoy first-hand what it is like to travel on this significant train. While the calendar will continue with departures on July 8, 15 and 22. For more information you can enter the site: https://trenpatagonicosa.com.ar/.

In addition, La Trochita in Chubut also has a route that starts from El Maitén arriving at the picturesque town of Ñorquinco in Río Negro. In this case, it will depart on Saturdays, July 15 and 22 at 11 a.m. and for more information and ticket sales, you can visit https://latrochita.org.ar/.

In addition, the Region has one of its main attractions in Rural Tourism, an opportunity to live a unique experience in contact with nature and delve into the ways of life of the region. Local service providers offer diverse alternatives that include tours and panoramic points, horseback riding, or a tasty menu with an authentic local flavor that invites you to stay long hours in the place.

Enjoy the marine fauna and diving...

With the coldest season of the year, different specimens of the varied marine fauna that the Coast has to offer arrive in the waters of the San Matías Gulf. For this reason, boarding outings to be able to see these species up close has become a much-demanded alternative to do on these winter holidays.

During these months, the Region receives the first species of whales that visit the waters of Río Negro every year, and to enjoy them in the best way, local nautical companies offer embarked trips starting in July, in order to experience the impressive magnitude of these animals.

While, in Las Grutas, diving is another attraction, with proposals for experienced divers that include tours of the artificial reefs created within the Las Grutas Underwater Park. In turn, you can also visit the underwater cellar, which has hundreds of wines submerged in the Grutense waters.

Likewise, half an hour from Viedma begins the Camino de la Costa, a scenic route of 180 kilometers that houses extensive beaches with infinite charms, among which is the El Cóndor spa, an ideal place to practice wind sports and bird watching and contemplate the largest Burrowing Parrot colony in the world that paints the skies of the region, together with more than 200 species of charming birds.

On this same route are also La Lobería, an extremely quiet place sheltered by high cliffs, and Punta Bermeja, a Protected Natural Area that permanently preserves the largest fur seal colony in South America, hosting up to 9,000 specimens this season.

Flavors, nature and active tourism between rivers and fences
For its part, for the Valleys, the main attraction at this time are the tours, guided tours and tastings that are part of the Wine Roads, which make this region an alternative wonderful to live this winter with a wonderful fusion of nature, tradition and flavors.

Both family-owned and large-scale wineries offer tours of their historic and picturesque facilities. This proposal can be complemented with tastings, lunches or themed dinners and even taking courses related to the world of wine.

In addition, those who decide to live this incomparable experience in the Rio Negro Valley will have the opportunity to visit the oldest wineries, since they can appreciate the history of viticulture in the province and its pioneers through photographs, machinery and objects used in the past. manufacturing processes. Many of these visits must be made with prior communication to make the appointment, contacting the tourist information offices of Luis Beltrán, Villa Regina, Mainqué, General Roca, Cervantes, General Roca, Río Colorado, among others.

Likewise, the different locations offer numerous alternatives for horseback riding and walks along the Negro and Colorado rivers, as well as baptism flights at the Allen Aeroclub, and astrotourism activities to see the night sky and the incredible stars over the wonderful landscapes. of the Valley of the Red Moon in General Roca.




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