Any list of the world's best ski locales must include Argentina's southern Lake District. This is the gateway to Patagonia, and on an unforgettable six-day vacation you'll ski the mountains around the beautiful alpine resort town of Bariloche. As an added bonus, you'll kick off the journey with city tours of Buenos Aires.

Highlights

  • Go on a walking tour of Buenos Aires and visit some of the city's famous sights
  • Stroll the streets of Bariloche, an alpine town as beautiful as any Swiss village
  • Hit the slopes of Cerro Catedral, the premier skiing destination in Argentina

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
Day 2 Walking Tour of Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
Day 3 Fly from Buenos Aires to Bariloche Bariloche
Day 4 Cerro Catedral Ski Excursion Bariloche
Day 5 Cerro Catedral Bariloche
Day 6 Bariloche to Buenos Aires - Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires

The famous Obelisk, in downtown Buenos Aires
The famous Obelisk, in downtown Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina! Renowned as the "Paris of South America" and the "Queen of El Plata," the capital city of Buenos Aires is defined by passion. This is exemplified in the rich tango heritage and its citizens' limitless enthusiasm for fútbol (soccer), which is by far the country's most popular sport. 

When you arrive at the airport, your driver will be waiting to take you in a private car to your hotel where you can relax after a long flight. But make no mistake: the city will beckon you. So after a quick recharge, be sure to venture out into the welcoming arms of Buenos Aires and explore. 

When evening falls and dinnertime arrives, do like the locals and order a thick, juicy steak (Argentina has some of the best beef in the world) drizzled with the nation's famous chimichurri (a garlic, herb, and vinegar sauce).  Know that Buenos Aires is a culture that thrives after dark, and it's not uncommon for locals to have dinner well past nine in the evening, especially on weekends.

Day 2: Walking Tour of Buenos Aires

The Casa Rosada, Argentina's Presidential Palace
The Casa Rosada, Argentina's Presidential Palace

Get ready to explore, because it's time to see Buenos Aires on a self-guided walk around the city. Move at your own pace as you visit famous neighborhoods and city sights, like Plaza San Martín, located at the end of downtown's commercial pedestrian thruway, Florida Street. This leafy plaza, anchored by a majestic ombú tree, is named after one of the heroes of Argentina's independence movement—General José de San Martín.

At Plaza de Mayo, you'll find yourself in Buenos Aires' main square, which is home to the Casa Rosada, Argentina's presidential palace. This plaza was the site of the May Revolution of 1810 that kicked off this former Spanish colony's quest for independence. Also here is the Metropolitan Cathedral, the principal Catholic church in the city. It dates back to the late 16th century when a humble chapel first sat on its current site.

If you walk a few minutes south from Plaza de Mayo you'll arrive in Barrio San Telmo, Buenos Aires’ oldest neighborhood, which has a vibrant tango and arts scene. Its antique markets, cobbled streets dotted with faroles (French street lamps), and old brick buildings with wooden balconies all add to its bohemian atmosphere. Sundays are especially abuzz with activity as the main street market comes alive around Plaza Dorrego.

Continue your exploration of Buenos Aires at Cementerio de Recoleta, a sprawling cemetery located in the "old money" enclave of Barrio Recoleta. It's filled with the ornate mausoleums of famous and wealthy Argentinians throughout history, including Evita Perón.

Day 3: Fly from Buenos Aires to Bariloche

The beautiful shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi
The beautiful shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi

This morning, after breakfast in Buenos Aires, a driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to Aeroparque Airport, located in the city. You will then catch a flight to Bariloche, located southwest in Argentina's Lake District

San Carlos de Bariloche was founded in 1902 on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi, which itself is part of the larger Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. If you detect some native influence in that name, you're correct. It comes from the Mapuche indigenous people who once inhabited the area, and it means "jaguar island." The lake straddles the Chilean border, with the city of Bariloche located on the southeast shore. This region is beautiful and you'll be able to experience its majesty on nature hikes and excursions.

Upon arrival at Bariloche's airport, a driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Even though you may be tired from your flight, try to get out and explore the city. The charming chalet-style buildings and alpine architecture can be seen and enjoyed on a brisk walk around, and the city center abounds with waterfront plazas, chocolate shops, and upscale restaurants. 

When dinnertime comes around, be sure to sample the local cuisine. You'll find that it differs considerably from what's typically found in Buenos Aires. Here regional fare like wild boar and lake trout is popular and delicious, as is the fondue (a culinary addition first introduced by the city's Swiss immigrants).

Day 4: Cerro Catedral Ski Excursion

The best skiing in Argentina
The best skiing in Argentina

Wake up bright and early and enjoy a hearty breakfast. You're going to need the fuel because you'll be spending the day on the slopes of Argentina's premier ski destination: Cerro Catedral. This 7,640-foot (2,338-meter) mountain boasts 75 miles (120 km) of slopes of varying levels of difficulty. There are even 32 miles (52 kilometers) of cross-country ski routes if you'd like to test your endurance. 

But first thing's first. After breakfast, you'll hop in a vehicle that will whisk you away to the mountain. Upon arrival, the driver will guide you to the office where you can pick up your equipment and passes. Then, from 9 am to 4 pm, you will enjoy the rush of carving your way down Cerro Catedral complemented by all the beautiful scenery of Lago Nahuel Huapi and the surrounding mountains.

Day 5: Cerro Catedral

This way to adventure!
This way to adventure!

Enjoy your time on the mountain!

Day 6: Bariloche to Buenos Aires - Departure

Goodbye, Argentina!
Goodbye, Argentina!

The tour comes to an end today. A driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport to return to  Buenos Aires. You'll then go to the international airport where you'll catch your flight home. Adios!

Map

Map of Argentina Ski Adventure - 6 Days
Map of Argentina Ski Adventure - 6 Days