A few hours north of El Bolson is Bariloche, a heavily touristed city touting superb hiking, fishing, lakes, and chocolate. In Bariloche I biked the circuito chico and hiked to Cerro Otto for a great view of Lago Nahuel Huapi. Bariloche has plenty of adventure and hiking and is worth a visit if you have the time and can stand the hoards of tourists during high season. It really is beautiful no matter the season.
The Cerro Campanario overlook was said to be one of the seven greatest views in the world by National Geographic Magazine. The photo above was taken at the overlook.
This is the view from our hostel balcony overlooking Bariloche and the lake.
In Bariloche we went fly fishing on the Rio Limay with Gia and Jon. We had great weather and fun guides. The trip was expensive but included two boats, all the proper equipment, and two guides.
Alexi with one of his prize catches.
Showing off the technique.
We were served lunch on a river bank including a few whole chickens, salami, cheese, wine, and beer.
I only caught a very small Rainbow Trout but had an amazing time. A few months later around March and April anglers fly down from all over the world to fish in the Rio Limay and surrounding lakes. I think I could easily get hooked on fly fishing in the future.
The fly fishing crew (Alexi, Gia, Eduardo, Sebastian, Jon, Carlito)