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Circuito Chico, an unmissable classic in Bariloche

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What to do in Small Circuit?

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Kilometer 17.5, Cerro Campanario. Shortly before reaching the roundabout, you will find Cerro Campanario, one of the best-known hills in Bariloche. At just over 1,000 meters high, it can be climbed by chairlift or by trekking with little difficulty, although always ascending. At the top there is a cafeteria, toilets and a viewpoint from which you can see the Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes, the El Trébol lagoon, the San Pedro peninsula, Victoria Island, the Otto, López, Goye, Bella Vista, Cathedral hills. , Chapel, the Hotel Llao Llao and the groves of Colonia Suiza.

Kilometer 20, San Pedro Peninsula. Here is the regatta club and there is a viewpoint where you can appreciate the landscape.

Kilometer 23, Hotel Llao Llao. A Bariloche classic that is characterized by its construction based on wood and stone and fine decoration inside. Also in front of the hotel is the San Eduardo Chapel whose architecture integrates with the surrounding nature.

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In front of the Llao Llao is Puerto Pañuelo, from where boats leave for Isla Victoria and Bosque de Arrayanes and the excursion to Puerto Blest.


Two kilometers away is the Llao Llao Municipal Park, where there are beautiful forest trails. The park has several short trails for easy hikes for the whole family at any time of the year. Among the hiking routes, the ascent of the Llao Llao hill, the walk to reach the pier of Lago Escondido and Bahía Los Troncos stand out.

Continuing along the route, you pass the bridge over the Arroyo Angostura stream, which connects Lake Nahuel Huapi with Lake Moreno. It has a beautiful view to both sides of the bridge where you can contemplate the emerald color of the waters and the mountains that surround them. This stream is a key place for the conservation of the huillín, the endemic otter of Patagonia, since it uses it to move from the shores of Nahuel Huapi to those of Lake Moreno.

Arroyo López: it is one of the magical attractions of the small circuit, surrounded by nature and tranquility. Legend has it that if you take three sips of its water, you will return to Bariloche.

Colonia Suiza: passing the point where the picada to the Refugio López begins, there is the detour to Colonia Suiza, a tourist village where you can go to enjoy the artisan fairs, typical foods (such as curanto), walk to the Refuge Manfredo Segre, on the Laguna Negra, or go to the beach and kayak on Lake Moreno.

On the route there are breweries with unique views of the lakes, which invite you to taste one of the emblematic products of the city accompanied by exquisite pairings.

Panoramic point: at 945 meters above sea level, there is one of the viewpoints with one of the most incredible views of this destination. You can see Lake Moreno in all its magnitude, the Llao Llao peninsula with the hotel and in the distance the Nahuel Huapi.

Continuing along the margin of Lake Moreno, is the bridge that connects its eastern and western parts. There you can go down to the windless beach and snorkel in the crystal clear waters off the coast. Also, there is another detour to access Colonia Suiza.

The return ends passing through the El Trébol lagoon until the junction with Bustillo Avenue, which leads back to the center of the city.

How to travel Small Circuit?

It can be done by car on the paved road, on foot along the edge of it or on internal paths in the forests and, also, a challenging option is to travel by bicycle. You can also hire an excursion that lasts approximately 4 hours and take the tour in a guided way. Each modality has a unique charm and invites you to return.

Source: Ambito

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