Bariloche’s best hikes
EASY BOSQUE ARRAYÁNES 7 miles, 3 hours one-way
On the north side of Lake Nahuel Huapi is the Bosque de Arrayánes – a reserve dedicated to the rare cinnamon-barked arrayán tree. A well-marked trail starts from near the town of Villa La Angostura, striking south into the forests of Quetrihué Peninsula. At the tip of the peninsula is the park headquarters, where boats are on hand to shuttle hikers back to the start of the trail (parquesnacionales.gob.ar).
MEDIUM REFUGIO FREY 6 miles; 3 hours one way
Open year-round, Refugio Emilio Frey is one of the most popular and accessible refuges in the Bariloche area – booking in advance is essential in peak season. A well-trodden path begins at Cerro Catedral ski resort car park. The refuge serves hearty meals including pizzas and steaks. Say hello to Emilio the cat (from £10 per night; refugiofreybariloche.com).
HARD LAGUNA NEGRA 9 miles; around 5 hours one way
The Laguna Negra trail starts at Colonia Suiza – the first European settlement in the Bariloche area. The path follows the rushing waters of the Goye stream, heading south through thick coihue forest. It eventually reaches Laguna Negra and the bright red Refugio Laguna Negra (aka Refugio Manfredo Segra). It’s open November to May, and serves home-brewed beer (£17 per night, refugiolagunanegra.com).