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school in Bariloche, Patagonia
Carlos de Bariloche Town
Bariloche is one of the most important
tourist resorts of Argentina, and it is the most populated town of Río
Negro Province. It lies 770 metres above sea level and 1650 km from
Buenos Aires (Capital District). It offers excellent tourist facilities
and services to 650.000 persons who visit it every year.
Nature as well as the different activities offered vary according to
the season, whether it is Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn.
This experience of the language skills are thought according to
the different levels of the course, in order to increase oral
comprehension and develop conversation fluency.
courses are complemented with the Plan "Spanish out of the
classroom", where the students -accompanied by the teacher- can
check their language learning involving themselves in different
communicative situations.This plan provides the student with the opportunity of a cultural inmersion
in our environment by getting in touch with the local people.
# MOUNTAIN BIKING:
on a bicycle and take a fully guided tour through Coihue and Cipres
forests and the best sceneries this Patagonian Area offers. The trip
includes: transfers, specialized guide, picnic lunch and snack.
RAFTING ON THE LOWER MANSO RIVER:
Rafting on the Lower Manso River is the excursion to enjoy with your
family, where nature and adventure combine in one of the most beautiful
valleys of the National Park. The trip includes: transfers, complete
equipment, specialized guide, lunch and snack.
CABLE LIFT (Catedral
and Campanario Mountains)
Horseback riding through mountains, rivers and enjoying the beauty the
forest offers. The trip includes: transfers, specialized guide, lunch
(barbacue) and snack..
water transparency, sub-aquatic views and infinite choices to dive,
make this one of the best places for diving. The trip includes: 90 minute
testing equipment, 30-60 minute dive, complete equipment and instructors.
(Consult other options)
Flights from Otto or Catedral Mountain. The fligth is with a
professional pilot. No previous experience needed. Duration
depends on weather conditions
TREKKING (CHALLHUACO VALLEY):
Guided walks through the beautiful valley, trekking and different activities
at the refuge.Mountain hike to Laguna Verde (Green Lake).
PASO FLORES (estepa patagónica):
native caves, petrified wood, enjoy horseback riding and warm water
pool. Deer viewing. The trip includes: welcome snack, lunch and goodbye
snack at the Estancia El Manantial, a true oasis in the middle of the
LA TROCHITA AND BOLSÓN (ride on the Old Patagonian Express):
sight seeing around El Bolsón Town, we take the train "La
Trochita" at Leleque, coming from Esquel. An excellent ride on
the Old Patagonian Express to El Maitén.
province of Rio Negro
Main cities: San
Carlos de Bariloche, General Roca, Cipolletti, Villa Regina,
Allen, San Antonio Oeste, Río Colorado
province is a varied region from the Atlantic to the Andes In
the east, beautiful and extended beaches cover the coast, in the
north the fertile Río
Negro Valley produces the best apples in the world and in
the middle of the province the desert spreads out, while in the
west is plente of forests and lakes . The most important cities
are San Carlos de Bariloche on the west, which is the door to the Andes,
Cipolleti, General Roca and Viedma, all of them beside the Río
The relief presents mountainous formation in the western sector
and plains and plateaus in the rest of the territory. The
plateaus are cut by canyons and valleys, as well as low hills
and depressions. The edge of the plateau is called
"bardas" and when it reaches the sea it calls cliff.
For several year ago a irrigation system was build. This system
uses the Negro river to water by channels the fruits plants that
cover the Río Negro Valley, being this one the main economic
region of the province.
Picunches and Vuriloches tribes of the Tehuelche
aboriginal group lived in the area before the arrival of the Spanish
Pushed by the Spanish, the Araucanos
crossed the Andes
mixing with local ethnics.
Magellan was the first explorer to visit the coasts of the
provinces in 1520. Priest Nicolás Mascardi founded the Jesuit mission
Nuestra Senora de Nahuel Huapi in 1670 at the shore of
Huapi Lake, at the feet of the Andes range.
After the May
Revolution there was a first attempt to relegate the
aboriginals of the area, but it was not until the Conquest
of the Desert commanded by General Julio
Argentino Roca that the local inhabitants were reduced and
the constant danger of their attacks eliminated.
By the beginning of the 19th century, many settlements such
Carlos de Bariloche, General
Roca and Choele
Choel were already constituted and received French
immigration, and other such as Cipolletti,
Ingeniero Huergo and others installed in the Alto
Valle region. Soon the production of fruits became the main
economical activity, and the railway connected the Alto Valle
with the ports on the Atlantic
Ocean. Río Negro acquired status of province on
San Carlos de Bariloche is a city
surrounded by lakes (Nahuel
Lake and Mascardi
Lake) and mountains (Tronador, Cerro
López). It is famous for skiing but also great for
sight-seeing, water sports, trekking and climbing.
Cerro Catedral is one of the most important ski centers in South
The name Bariloche comes from the Mapuche
word Vuriloche meaning "people from behind the
mountain" (furi = behind, che = people). The Vuriloche pass
was used by the Mapuches to cross the Andes and was kept secret
from the Europeans
priests for a long time.
Settled primarily by Austrians
San Carlos de Bariloche has the appearance of an alpine town.
Tourism, both national and international, is the main
economical activity of Bariloche, all year around. The main ski
station is the one at Cerro
Catedral. During the summer, beautiful beaches such as Playa
Bonita and Villa Tacul welcome sun-bathers and some brave lake
swimmers (the waters, from melting snow, are always very cold.
Lake Nahuel Huapi averages 14 °C in the summertime). The
fishing season is another great attraction.
Bariloche is the
biggest city of a huge Lakes District, and serves as a base for
many excursions in the region.
Trekking in the mountains, almost
completely wild and uninhabited with the exception of a few
high-mountain huts, is also a popular activity. The city is also
famous for its chocolates.
The city has a modern airport equipped to receive any kind of
aircraft. Several of the most important airlines of Argentina
maintain regular flights to Bariloche, as well as some
international lines from neighboring countries, especially
during the ski season.
It is a busy and commercialized city with more
than 120.000 inhabitants that holds many tourist attractions that
make the city one of the main tourist center of Argentina. Each
year more than 700.000 tourists visit the region to enjoy the
wonderful possibilities that the combination of the Patagonian
desert and the rain forest of the Andes gives.
The Andean Area
The most visited area is that of the lake district near
Carlos de Bariloche inside the
Huapi National Park, and neighbouring Neuquén
Province. This includes the Isla
Victoria, Camino de los Siete Lagos, Los
Arrayanes National Park, and many trekking paths among
There are also numerous hotels and accommodations by the Nahuel
Huapi Lake, most notably the luxurious Llao-Llao hotel.
Bolsón is a mid-stop for those going to (or coming from)
Alerces National Park, were home made beer and handicrafts
Something that must be taken into account when discussing the
weather in Bariloche is the wind chill factor on the thermal
sensation, those strong gusts of air makes the thermometer look
like a liar. This is also true regarding the big differences
between day and night temperatures.
During the southern hemisphere summer, between December and
March, day temperatures can reach 20/28ºC and, sometimes even
more than 30ºC.
At night these will drop down to below 15ºC. Obviously, the
further we get into the cold season, the lower the temperatures.
In plain southern hemisphere winter temperatures will be around
1º C / -10º C and at night below 0º C or less. But it is also
worth to point out that the climate doses not respect much the
calendar and its seasons, and thus, we can sometimes find
ourselves with low temperatures and also rainfalls during the
In the Cerro Catedral, the ski resort, temperatures will always
be lower than in the city due to the relative altitude. The wind
is also here another factor to take into account as you ascend.
Annual average rainfall in Bariloche is approximately 500 mm.,
mainly concentrated during autumn and winter. The regular rainy
season usually starts in the month of May.
Thus it is always very hard to predict the weather in Patagonia.
WHAT TO PACK
For the trip we recommend to bring rain proof jackets and
trousers, thermally insulated shirts, polar windbreaker,
headgear with earmuffs, thermally insulated gloves and socks,
shorts, sandals, sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen and
blocks and chap sticks (minimum factor 30) for your face and
lips, insect repellent, sunshade, water proof hiking boots (if
new, we recommend that you break them in before coming.), and
other warm clothing. Now if you are travelling during the
southern hemisphere summer months do not forget to pack shorts,
T-shirts, sunglasses, bathing suits and comfortable shoes.
There are no endemic diseases in Argentina and thus you will not
need any special vaccination before visiting.
Argentina is free of hoof and mouth disease, thus the there is
no danger of enjoying a good steak.
Sometimes a red tide will restrict the possibility to enjoy
seafood on the shell. Local media will always inform the public
whenever this happens.
Argentina has an important network of hospitals, clinics and
medical posts. In the big cities the hospitals are fully
equipped to deal with most cases, however complicated, whilst in
the most remote villages medical attention is on a basic level.
All the Argentinean cities that you will visit have potable
water treatment plants. However, to avoid any unpleasantries we
recommend you stick to bottled water during your trip,
especially when in places off the beaten track.
TYPICAL LOCAL CUISINE
The Argentinean cuisine is very varied, just to mention a few
typical dishes such as: Barbecued Asado Beef, pastry rolls,
stews, corn dishes, regional fried turnover pies, tamales, etc.
We must not forget to mention the traditional beverage of the
"Mate" which you will be able to try wherever you go,
especially if you visit one of the numerous Estancia ranches
that cater to travellers.
You must also always try the local delicacies, whether they are
the Patagonian lamb or Tierra de Fuego crab, just to name a few.
In the case of the Lake Region - La Región de los Lagos, the
cuisine here has managed to blend the most representative of
European cooking with the best of Regional dishes. Here classic
recipes receive additional touches such as the taste of fine
fruits, trout and game meat such as deer or wild boar, combined
with seeds, nuts and mushrooms from the forest, without
neglecting classic dishes such as barbecued meat or on the spit
or home made pasta.
And lastly, you must try the exquisite "Dulce de
leche", a purely Argentinean invention.