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Bariloche: Cerro Tronador Tour

Bariloche: Cerro Tronador Tour

Cerro Tronador is the highest mountain in the National Park Nahuel Huapi with three picks in its summit - one Chilean, one international, and one Argentinean. To arrive at its base from San Carlos de Bariloche it is necessary to take the national route #258 heading for El Bolsón and then, to arrive at the south part of Lake Mascardi, take the route #254 toward the right until arriving to Pampa Linda, a small village that has a hostel with a restaurant, camping site, park guard, and a section of Gendarmería Nacional. From here, you will see several paths for trips by foot or by horse that will allow you to discover places of an extraordinary beauty. You can admire, for example, the Manso Glacier or the snowdrift Negro, which together birth the Manso Superior River that ends in Lake Mascardi after traveling through the Valley of the Vuriloches. You could also head to Otto Meiling refuge, located 2,000 meters high, from where the ascent to the summits of the Tronador begins (experts only). Tronador is 3450 meters high and owes its name to the impressive noise that is made by large detachments of ice. Explore its surroundings on this tour with roundtrip transportation.

Cerro Tronador

Cerro Tronador

On this full-day excursion you’ll take in some of the most breathtaking features of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit lakes, beaches, mountains, and waterfalls, and admire the highest mountain in the Patagonia. Mount Tronador, 3,478 meters high, forms a natural border between Chile and Argentina. From the viewpoint at its base you can see the incredible glacier that feeds the Manso River. See the Ventisquero Negro (Black Glacier) that consists of huge brownish-gray blocks formed by avalanches of ice and mud. Visit La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat), a waterfall created by melted glacial ice, surrounded by high rock walls, and see the Saltillo de las Nalcas, a hidden waterfall in the middle of the forest. This mountain’s name, Tronador, comes from the thunderous sounds produced by the massive falling blocks of ice.

Bariloche "Small Circuit" with Chairlift Campanario Hill

Bariloche "Small Circuit" with Chairlift Campanario Hill

The tour is carried out along a fully paved road, 60 km of winding path. Where you can see Huemul Island, 10 km later we will reach the base of Cerro Campanario,and have the possibility of appreciating the immensity of the Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes, El Trebol Lagoon, San Pedro and Llao Llao Peninsula, Victoria Island and the Otto, López, Goye, Catedral mountains. Our next stop is the San Eduardo Chapel, where you can see the magnificent Llao Llao hotel and, on clear days, Cerro Tronador. Nearby is the Pañuelo port, which is the starting point for tours on Lake Nahuel Huapi. Then, we will cross the Arroyo La Angostura Bridge, where you will be able to appreciate the colors of the waters of Lakes Nahuel Huapi and Moreno surrounded by mountains. We will stop at Bahía Lopez, which is at the foot of Cerro López and from where you can see the imposing Cerro Capilla. Leaving the bay, we go to the Panoramic Point, a natural balcony from which you can enjoy the view of Lake Moreno and the Llao Llao peninsula. Locations: Circuito Chico Puerto Panuelo Circuito Chico Cerro Tronador Cerro Otto Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi Isla Victoria Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro

Cerro Tronador

Cerro Tronador

We leave the city center towards the south, taking route 40, passing along the east bank of Lakes Gutiérrez and Mascardi until joining provincial route 82 at Villa Mascardi. At this entrance we have a National Park Ranger office, where we must pay the entrance fee to the Nahuel Huapi National Park (protected area). On the tour we will see native forests, beaches, mountains and waterfalls. It is a winding and ascending road over the Manso River Valley. We will make stops to enjoy these views, until we reach Pampa Linda, a beautiful place where you will find accommodation and gastronomy services. Further ahead, you can see the Ventisquero Negro, one of the many glaciers of Cerro Tronador. Its name is due to the fact that the glacier, along its path, incorporates sediments that give it a characteristic dark color, differentiating it from other glaciers, which are normally white. There, the Manso River is born, a typical mountain watercourse, which zigzags down from the Tronador towards the Pacific, overcoming differences in height through the formation of rapids and waterfalls, chaining a variety of beautiful lakes in its path. Cerro Tronador is the highest volcano in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, it is located at 3,478 meters. high about n/m, natural limit between Argentina and Chile. This hill is named Tronador, due to the noises caused by falling blocks of ice.

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What people are saying about Cerro Tronador

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(29 reviews)

Martín was an excellent guide and we really enjoyed the experience. The tour is much more than Cerro Tronador, you see incredible views, beaches, lakes, snow-capped mountains, they are unique and exceptional landscapes. The tour has a balance with time and leisure. We will always have fond memories of this tour, because my partner and I got engaged on the banks of the Manso River. The most magical place I have ever seen

Paz was great guide and nice person. We experienced seeing pretty incredible places and views, I appreciate we had many photo stops and toilet stops and had time for a proper lunch. Day well spent!

A great day out, amazing sights, Frederico was an informative and funny tour guide, excellent driver, I thoroughly recommend this trip.

Isis was a great guide, as you could feel her enthusiasm and passion for the national park. Beautiful nature trip!

Amazing tour!! Great guide and information and views were incredible! Highly recommend!