Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SAILING ACROSS NAHUEL HUAPI LAKE

Let yourself get carried away by the wind...




  Hello friends! now that spring is slowly taking place in Bariloche, if you are looking for the way to relax and enjoy one of the best city views from the lake, among other options, sailing is my best suggestion for sure.



Yes, I'm talking about enjoying an unforgettable experience sailing across the Nahuel Huapi Lake waters, one of the widest lakes in Argentina and the most important in the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Now, speaking of this particular tour, you will be kindly recieved by the guide who will be awaiting for you at Patunias Port, located at Petunias Camping and Hotel resort, right at Km 13,500 of Bustillo Avenue. You may get to this gathering point using the public bus service (N° 22-20-10) or taking a taxi. The tour does not include transportation service from the hotel and back.



Once you are all set and after the guide has introduced her self and has explained everything you must know about sailing safety, you will set off to explore some bays and islands you may only visit by boat.
With out descending from it, you will navigate for three hours all the way across the lake, reaching the front shore, belonging to Neuquen province.






I can assure you will be amazed by the view all around you, besides enjoying the peaceful silence and even having the oportunity to steer the boat yourself!



Outings: During spring and summer 10:00 am, 02:00 pm or 05:30 pm.
               During winter, according to weather, only at 02:00 pm.
               Possible to arange a private service with snack. Ask for it!


What are you waiting for? Get in contact with me right away to hire this and many other tour options to enjoy your visit to Bariloche! E-mail me to ventas@barilocheselect.com.ar or visit me at Bariloche Select Travel, located on Villegas St. 237 (downtown).


Monday, September 15, 2014

LIMAY RIVER RAFTING

Rafting down Limay River
 

 

If you want to experiment something different with family or friends, available during spring and summer season, rafting down Limay River is an absolutly magnificent experience you won't forget.  

 

 

 

  

 

 

The service includes transportation back and foward from the hotel, a guide, safety equiment and a snack. As it's a level 1 class rafting, it is ideal to do with children.

You will skirt Nahuel Huapi lake as you leave the city of Bariloche (heading north-east direction), crossing the Limay River, right where it begins, entering to the neighbour province of Neuquen. From here on, you will start noticing a change in the vegetation around you, turning from forest to steppe (arid vegetation).




This is where the interesting "far west" type landscapes start to appear, visualizing some outstanding rock formation as you enter into part of "Valle Encantado", same one you visit on the Circuito Grande tour. 
After about 45 min. by van, you will take a short dirt trail that will lead right into the river coast.


 




 Fresh air, peaceful silence and lots of sun is what you will feel once you get off the van. At this moment, you will be given all the needed instructions and life vest for your security, besides an oar. 





Once you hop into the raft and start to navigate down the river for an hour, well... images ar worth more than words I guess...






Outtings: 10.00am or 01.00pm every day (must ask before). It's a 4 hours tour (half day).

Inlcudes: A snack, transporation form hotel and safety equipment.

What are you waiting for? Get in contact with me right away to hire this and many other tour options to enjoy your visit to Bariloche! E-mail me to ventas@barilocheselect.com.ar or visit me at Bariloche Select Travel, located on Villegas St. 237 (downtown).





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WHERE TO GO OUT

About Beers and Bars

If you are one of those fans of good beer or just starting to discover what drinking beer is all about, Bariloche is heaven!

Not only you will find lots of big and small Bars and Pubs, but also many local craft beer brands that will take you by surprise.




Not sure wether it's due to the perfect water conditions or the legacy left by the german comunity that once chose this place to settle down, either one, the fact is that beers in Bariloche are just great!

Bitter, softer, dark, blonde, red, ale or lager, it's up to you. All of them are delicious and even more if you join them with some traditional dish from Patagonia, such as deer, asado (grilled meat), cordero patagonico (patagonian lamb), or just a fine sandwich, hamburguer or pizza.

I would now like to tell you a bit about the best Bars and Pubs (in my opinion) you just can't miss while your visit to Bariloche:


MANUSH

 
Manush is, according to my critical look, that place that makes you feel like home. Once you enter the door, you will be sourrounded by tourist and locals, having dinner or just enjoying a beer. 





It's the right spot to have a refreshing beer (one or more) during the summer in it's perfectly conditioned backyard, on the right side of the bar, or also on some of the tables displayed on the side walk. 
This bar is located in what used to be an old family house of Bariloche. Although the space is quite small inside, this is what makes it so cozy and friendly.





Beers here are just out of the standards. All with a special creamy touch, you may rather choose between some of their specialities such as:

Victoria Red Lager (5.2% ABV), a strong lager with a reddish to amber color, surprisingly refreshing.
IPA (7.3% ABV), one of the strongest types, with a hoppy perfume and bitter taste at the end.
K├Âlsch (5.0% ABV), ideal for those who want a soft beer, with a touch of wheat flavor.
Milk Stout (4.3% ABV) malty, and creamy body.

Among others!

Where is it? Right at the corner of Elflein an Morales St.


ANTARES


Good music, nicely decorated, huge and long bar, lots of tables and many beer flavors is what you will find at Antares. Just half block from Manush, on Elflein St.





















Although it is not a local beer brand from Bariloche (started in Mar del Plata, on the cost of Buenos Aires province), it is a place I considere as my second home.
It has settled in town for some years already and has become very popular for tourist and locals. So popular it gets pretty crowed every night.


Now, if you would also like to have a good dinner besides drinking beer, then this is is the place.

Besides trying all their good beer types you must try the main attraction here in my opinion, which is their lushious deer casserol, cooked with beer and served in a bread bowl with some rustic potatoes. Absolutely delicious!

Where is it?
Elfelin St. 47.


BACHMANN

Bachmann is a well known bar in Bariloche. It combines good beer with history, located at one of the oldest buildings in Bariloche. Heritage of the first wood construction style.














Fine beer, a bit far from down town, though walking distance, about 7 blocks far from the Cathedral, you will find this pintoresque bar. Here you will enjoy some good beer and also a few disches for those hungry as thirsty.

Where is it?
Vice Almirante O'connor St. 1348


LA CRUZ

Located on the outskirts of Bariloche, in one of the nicest neighbourhoods, you may enjoy a refreshing beer during the evening and night if you are walking around. 




Enjoy a good beer with friends or locals at the patio right in front of this bar at one of the most peaceful areas of Bariloche, about 5km far from down town, heading West down Pioneros Avenue. Food options here are quite few but the beer is just fine.

Where is it?
Nilpi St. 789. (half block down Nilpi from Pinoers Av.)


BERLINA

No doubt it is one of the best recognised craft beers in Bariloche. If you like it as much as I do, you may take some home with you as you may find Berlina at many selling points at supermarkets.










If you are visiting Colonia Suiza (a small village close to Circuito Chico), you can't skip stopping at this brewery. Here, not only you can drink beer but also see the whole production process. Some food offers are available aswell.
It is highly suggested to stop here for a refreshing beer if you are biking.

Where ir ti? 
Route N 79 and F. Goye


BLEST

known to be the first craft beer brewery in Bariloche, begining with the art of producing it around the year 1979, their beer has got to the point of being absolutly delicious and unique.

 











 Although you may find Blest beer at the best restaurants in Bariloche and even at chocolate stores or supermarkets, my best suggestion is to get in your car or take a bus (N° 20-10 or 22) to have lunch or dinner at their brewery. Here, not only you will enjoy of some exquisite food offers, you will also be able to visit the production area and all the quality control and standards that turn out making one of the best beers in Bariloche.




 
 You ought to try thier smoked cold cuts with some other tempting options as you see in the picture!

Where is it?
Bustillo Ave. Km 11,600



OTHER INTERESTING OPTIONS



WILKENNY  

San Martin Ave. 435

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK ROCK 

Palacios St. 151

 

 

 

 

 

 










As you may see, you have tons of good places to go for a beer, it's up to your choise. Can't say you have no clue where to go now...

 

I will soon be posting about restaurants, parrillas and traditional dishes from Bariloche!

 

 Cheers!