San Carlos de Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche, usually known as Bariloche, is a city in the province of Río Negro, Argentina, situated in the foothills of the Andes on the southern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake and is surrounded by the Nahuel Huapi National Park. After an extensive public works and architectural buildup the city emerged in the 1930s and 1940s as a major tourism centre with ski, trekking and mountaineering facilities apart from numerous restaurants, cafés and chocolate shops. The city has a permanent population of 108,205 according to the 2010 census.

The name Bariloche comes from the Mapudungun word Vuriloche meaning “people from behind the mountain” (vuri = behind, che = people). The Vuriloche pass was used by the Poyas to cross the Andes and was kept secret from the European priests for a long time.

Tourism, both domestic and international, is the main economic activity of Bariloche, all year around. While popular among Europeans, it is also a very popular attraction for Brazilians. One of the most popular activities is skiing. The most popular season to visit Bariloche is the winter, summer for North Americans and Europeans, and there are regular flights from Buenos Aires with LAN airlines and Aerolíneas Argentinas.

Trekking in the mountains, almost completely wild and uninhabited with the exception of a few high-mountain huts operated by Club Andino Bariloche, is also a popular activity. The city is also famous for its chocolates and Swiss-style architecture.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Carlos_de_Bariloche


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