WHEN TO GO
In Bariloche, each season of the year has its own "life". All four seasons are great to visit its lakes, mountains, woods and valleys, as well as to practice different sports or simply to rest among the amazing landscapes of the region.
During winter, you will feel that the white blanket of snow extends over you, transforming the whole landscape. You will also discover the delightful frenzy of skiing, in the June to September season. Besides, you will enjoy one of the most important celebrations in the city: the "National Snow Festival" in August, which includes special competitions and events.
In early July one can also enjoy the "Fiesta de las Comunidades" (Ethnic Community Festival), in which numerous groups formed by the descendants of immigrants parade in their national costumes and offer their regional cooking specialties.
In September, flowering trees, red tulips and yellow broom announce the arrival of all the flowers in a symphony of light and perfume that spreads over the roads and hillsides. In November, fishing rods, hooks and "flies" and their owners gather together on the rivers and lakeshores. Besides, the long days give one the opportunity to relax and enjoy a long walk in a place where the Patagonian mountains and lakes offer one incomparable peace.
In summer, the blueness of Lake Nahuel Huapi, the wide range of woodland greens and the colorful palette of the wildflowers regales one's sight on hot afternoons.
The sun and the pleasant temperature are the perfect excuse to wander along paths and around lakes. You can practice a wide range of sports such as trekking, nautical disciplines (either kayak or rafting), diving, or simply experience something different by going on adventurous tours.
In January and February the Festival of Summer Music is held. It covers events such as the Festival of Chamber Music, the Festival of Bronzes and the Festival of Ancient Music.
As fall approaches, there is an explosion of colors and shapes in the woods, and the first snowfalls make it possible to combine some summer activities with skiing or snowboarding. When fall finally arrives, the poplars acquire sun-bronzed hues and the red-suffused lengas blend with the intense new colors of the native trees. This may be the best time of year in Bariloche's forests.
As you can see, San Carlos de Bariloche is in high season throughout the year.