El Bolsón Travel Guide

  • Beautiful backdrop for a crafts fair!
    Beautiful backdrop for a crafts fair!
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  • Some guys are going south to Esquel
    Some guys are going south to Esquel
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  • First view of El Bolson
    First view of El Bolson
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El Bolsón Things to Do

  • Cerro Piltriquitron

    The highlight of our visit to El Bolson was climbing to the summit of Cerro Piltriquitron, the mountain which overlooks the town. It's at an altitude of 2280 metres, and can be done in a full day hike from El Bolson.The starting point of the climb is Platforma Piltriquitron, 13 km from el Bolson, at approx 1000m altitude, and also the departure...

  • Cerro Piltriquitron Part 2

    After leaving the refugio, the path is not so well marked. We climbed in mid November, still spring, which meant there was snow on the track from the refugio onwards. We followed the path up from the refugio, then followed the metal posts from an abandoned ski-lift. At the last post, we turned left (heading east), crossing the pass between...

  • Cascada Escondida

    The beautiful Cascada Escondida, 10km north of El Bolson, are well worth a visit. A road runs here from El Bolson, allowing access by car, but a better way to get here in my opinion is by hiking, first to Mirador del Rio Azul, then on to Cabeza del Indio, from where you can follow the well marked Paseo de los Duendes to the waterfalls. There is a...

  • Cabeza del Indio

    A popular site near El Bolson is Cabeza del Indio (Indian's Head), a rock form which resembles a human head. It's located 6km from the centre of town, and makes for a nice hike, passing by the Mirador del Rio Azul, from where there are well-worth seeing views, along the way. A ripio road runs all the way to a small garden and playground below the...

  • Mirador del rio Azul

    A short distance from El Bolson is the Mirador del Rio Azul, from where you have an excellent view of the river, of Cerro Lindo and Cerro Hielo Azul behind, and even of the mountains in Chile in the distance. The mirador is about 5km walk from El Bolson. Head west from the centre of El Bolson along Calle Azcuenaga to cross the bridge over the Rio...

  • Cerro Amigo

    The easiest climb from El Bolson is to Mirador Cerro Amigo, from where there are 3 lookout points over El Bolson. It's best to do this hike early in the morning when the sun is still behind (i.e. east of) the mirador. From El Bolson take Islas Malvinas and turn off at Cerro de la Cruz. From there you follow the signs to Cerro Amigo, which is about...

  • Rio Azul Scenic Overlook

    As you come into town you turn right on Azucenaga St., cross a bridge, and drive on a gravel road for about 5-10 minutes and come upon this beautiful overlook of the Rio Azul valley. (If you stop at the Tourist Information Office near the Central Plaza they can give you a map showing the exact route).

  • Have a Beer!

    This small local brewery makes for an interesting stop. They give brief tours and sell practically a dozen different styles of beer, bottled and on tap. They also have a restaurant so you can order something solid to be washed down with the beer.

  • Indian's Head Rock

    If you go to the Rio Azul overlook (mentioned in my previous tip) and continue driving another few minutes you come upon a parking area at a park ranger's house. There are a few trails that start here. One goes to a waterfalls and is a long hike. The other goes along a narrow ledge (not for the squeamish or those afraid of heights). It takes about...


El Bolsón Restaurants

  • Best ice-cream in Argentina

    No trip to El Bolson is complete without visiting Jauja, a combined cafe/restaurant, chocolaterie and heladeria. The food, especially the deserts here are excellent, and they also brew some delicious home made beer. But Jauja is best-known for it's ice-cream said to be the best in Argentina. We've sampled plenty of it and it certainly tastes very...

  • Good Food, Great Ice Cream

    Jauja has developed into a one-stop shopping experience. There is a restaurant, internet cafe, and souvenir shop. But the big draw here is their homemade ice creams. Lots of different varieties (it seems like more than half of which contain dulce de leche :).

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El Bolsón Transportation

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    by barryg23 Updated Mar 9, 2009

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    The description of a bus as "Ejecutivo Cama Class" meant little to me before I visited Argentina, but having experienced this service on the route from Trelew to El Bolson, I will be certain to look out for it in future.

    We travelled with Mar y Valle, who offered excellent, almost fully-flat seats, a hot dinners (roast chicken, veg, potatoes and bread) with a choice of drinks including wine, excellent service from the attendant, and a nice breakfast too.

    We boarded at 10.45 and dinner was quickly served before we sat back to watch a movie and enjoy dinner. The bus arrived in El Bolson at 9am and we reluctantly left the nice warm bus, with it's excellent beds, where it was very tempting to stay for the journey to Bariloche! The cost for a one way ticket from Trelew was 137 pesos.

    First view of El Bolson

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El Bolsón Tourist Traps

  • Jauja Ice - Cream Shop......really the...

    Is just an ice-cream shop, but.....taste this, because is super!Location: Av. San Martin 2867. El BolsonWeb Page: www.heladosjauja.com My favorite flavors:* Calafate con Leche de Oveja (the southern natives say this: "the one that tests Calafate, return to the place where test it")* Arandanos* Casis* Frambuesa .....test the handcraft...

  • The Handcraft Fair

    In the very heart of El Bolsón a significant number of creators gather to trade a wide range of handicraft products.Location: opposite the Pagano square (8430) El Bolsón. Río Negro. Republic of Argentina. Timetable: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10am to 5pm. Taste the homemade jams and the handicraft beer. hmmm....I...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

El Bolsón Favorites

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    by barryg23 Written Nov 17, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The tourist information office in El Bolsón should be every visitors first stop. It's an extremely helpful and efficient place, and can provide all the information you might need, such as maps of the town and the surrounding area, a list of hotels with correct prices, very accurate weather forecasts, good information on hiking, and even helpful information on attractions outside El Bolsón. For example, when we mentioned we were going to Lago Puelo National Park, they gave us a list of hotels and phone numbers, and even called a couple of them to check the prices. Also look out for the excellent map of El Bolsón outside the tourist info. The office is on Avenida San Martin.

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