36 days in San Carlos de Bariloche, Zapala & Neuquen Itinerary

36 days in San Carlos de Bariloche, Zapala & Neuquen Itinerary

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36 days in San Carlos de Bariloche, Zapala & Neuquen Itinerary

Start: Maastricht
train + Fly:  30​h
1
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 15 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Zapala
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Neuquen
— 13 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Maastricht

15
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche

Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mirador Lago Traful and Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes. Get out of town with these interesting San Carlos de Bariloche side-trips: Villa La Angostura (Lago Espejo Chico, Mirador Belvedere y Cascada INACAYAL, & more). There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia San Eduardo, walk around Parque Municipal Llao Llao, and fly down the slopes at Epic Bariloche.

Before you visit San Carlos de Bariloche, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Maastricht, Holland to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Maastricht to San Carlos de Bariloche. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Maastricht in January: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Zapala.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Villa La Angostura, Mirador Lago Traful
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mirador Lago Traful ©
Mirador Lago Traful
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes

5
nights
Zapala

Zapala ©
Zapala is a city and touristic destination in the Patagonian province of Neuquén, Argentina with about 32,000 inhabitants according to the.The city is located at the geographic center of the province at the confluence of national and provincial roads, on a route to the Andes and Chile. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mirror Lake and Cristo en Cutral Co. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zapala: Cutral Co (Sala de Dioramas, Via Crucis, & more). The adventure continues: engage your brain at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales "Dr. Prof. Juan A. Olsacher" and head outdoors with Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca.

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You can drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to Zapala in 5 hours. You'll set off for Neuquen on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Zapala

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Cutral Co, Mirror Lake
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Mirror Lake ©
Mirror Lake
Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca ©
Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca
Cristo en Cutral Co ©
Cristo en Cutral Co

13
nights
Neuquen

Neuquen ©
Located on the confluence of two rivers, Neuquen represents the largest urban center in Argentine Patagonia, known for its tree-lined streets and neat public squares.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lago Huechulafquen and Paseo de la Costa de Neuquen. Change things up with these side-trips from Neuquen: General Roca (Balneario Municipal, Bubalcó, & more), Plottier (Teatro El Zaguan & Parque Acuatico Patagonia Splash) and Museo Municipal Ernesto Bachmann (in Villa El Chocon). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Limay River, identify plant and animal life at Lago Hermoso, pause for some photo ops at El Indio Comahue, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Neuquen day trip app .

You can drive from Zapala to Neuquen in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Neuquen can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Neuquen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

General Roca, Villa Regina, Plottier, Cipolletti, Museo Municipal Ernesto Bachmann
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Limay River ©
Limay River
Lago Huechulafquen ©
Lago Huechulafquen
Paseo de la Costa de Neuquen ©
Paseo de la Costa de Neuquen

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