Roca Negra is the name of this marvellous Refuge located at Mt Lopez, near Colonia Suiza and the Short Circuit route.
The adventure starts as soon as you get picked up from your Hotel. You will travel west through Bustillo Av. (the same you take to do Short Circuit Tour or go to the Llao Llao Hotel).
Skirting the always present Lake Nahuel Huapi, you will travel almost half way of the road to Colonia Suiza, getting to the base of Mt. Lopez. Here, you descent from the van or minibus and gather in small groups to get on the 4WD trucks (Land Rover Defenders).
This is where the real fun starts! Get ready to ride some of the most adventurous road in Bariloche. After some bumps and lots of turns, you will start noticing a change in the forest, which begins as a Coihue forest at the base and turns into a Lenga forest as you start rising height (to 1.300 mts above the sea level).
You will be welcomed with a hot drink at the refuge and will get equiped and instructed by the guied to start the snowshoing right away. The trail has the perfect view of the lake Nahuel Huapi, the city of Bariloche in the distance and even the Llao Llao Hotel and Victoria Island are visible from here. You will be surprised as you walk for more than 1 hour in the snow, enjoying one of the most amazing views in my opinion!
On the way back, smoke will be coming out of the chimney as the fire heat will be waiting for you to warm up at the refuge. Sitting down at the tables next to wide windows will allow you to go on delighting with the magnificent view while you enjoy a fantastic Cheese Fondue with an exuberant argentine wine.
For those interested in this mountain gourmet experience, you may wether choose between two options:
Cheese Fondue: 10.30am to 5.00pm
Chocolate Fondue: 3.00pm to 8.30pm
Why choosing it:
One of the best views.
During the evening with Chocolate Fondue.
During the day with Cheese Fondue.
Located at Mt. Lopez.
Only service with snowshoeing tour.