San Martin de los Andes - Siete Lagos
From Bariloche you can get a transportation to San martin and spend some time there. But if you don´t have much time available, one idea is to choose an excursion for San Martin that the tourist agencies usually offer and that lasts a day. In this excursion, you´ll be able to visit Villa la Angostura, a nice little city where you´ll have the chance for some coffee or chocolates; then you´ll go through the RN 234, see mountains, forests, rivers, waterfalls, and the seven lakes (the seven are wonderful!). Those are: the huge Nahuel Huapi, Espejo, which means "mirror" (oh, let´s wonder why hehehe), Correntoso, Villarino, Falkner, Machonico and the last, Lacar;
San Martin de los Andes
San Martin de los Andes is 4 hours away from Bariloche and it´s a small town, located between mountains and next to a transparent lake called Lacar. There aren´t many things to do there if compared to Bariloche...but it´s a good place to relax and enjoy nature.
But what really impresses is what you´ll find in the way from Bariloche to San Martin....passing through forests, lakes and mountains...and in the way back, you´ll see the dry, rocky landscape of Paso de Cordoba. It´s very beautiful.
You can spend some days there, but you can also do a one day trip, available at the tourist agencies in Bariloche.
San Carlos de Bariloche
"Beautiful but ......"
......well, it IS very nice, lovely scenery, good food, and fresh air.
However, the fun is spoilt somewhat by the herds of Germans and Brits (no offence, I´m German, and lived in UK 11 years). The problem is that it´s mainly for POSH people, the likes that go deer hunting in the morning and wild water rafting in the afternoon, to sit down to a 20-course-silver-service meal befor hitting the clubs at 10dollars a drink.
I LIKED the place, but I HATED the prices, the posh outfits and attitudist staff, making me feel like a drop-out for wearing jeans and fleece.
I went to get a new 3-mth visa on my way back to Chile, the plan was to stay the night and head back, as we were on our way to Chiloé-island, BUT all buses were sold out and we were lucky to get 2 seats after 3 nights in a run-down, cat-wee-smelly "hostel" which was double the price of a *-hotel in Mendoza!
Anyone for Agentina? Unless you must hunt boars and suchlike, go to Medoza!!!