Bariloche, Argentina | A chocolate lover's paradise

  • Bunnik Tours
  • 06 Feb 20

The scenic town of Bariloche is situated between the foothills of the Andes and the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake. With its Alpine-styled architecture and fascination with all things chocolate, it’s easy to see why this city is often referred to as ‘Little Switzerland’.

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

There are so many chocolate shops to explore along Bartolomé Mitre, the main shopping street, that you’ll feel like you’ve won the golden ticket!

The most famous is Chocolates Rapa Nui. From humble beginnings, it was established in 1948 by Aldo and Ines Fenoglio after they emigrated to Argentina following the war. Using the process of making chocolate his ancestors had used for many generations, Aldo soon became renowned for his high quality chocolate, and was the catalyst for many new chocolate shops to open all over the town. This chocolate shop still remains in the family and now has several stores across the country.

When visiting Chocolates Rapa Nui, some of our favourite chocolates to try include the Truffle Volcano or the Rapanuinos – you can thank us later!

But don’t stop there. Other great shops to try include Mamuschka, El Reino de los Chocolates, Del Turista, Frantom, Abuela Goye and Havanna – we recommend checking out as many of them as you can until you can no longer fit through the door!

There is more to it than just chocolate

In fact, Bariloche has much more to offer, with the spectacular Parque Nacional Huapi often the main drawcard for the town. This is the oldest National Park in Argentina and covers nearly 7,500 square kilometres of the Patagonian Andes region. There is spectacular scenery of snowcapped mountains and the beautiful Lago Nahuel Huapi which can be enjoyed from the car or along the many hiking routes.

The highest mountain in the park, Cerro Tronador, soars above the lake, reaching an elevation of 3,491 metres. An extinct volcano, at the foot of the mountain there are now several glaciers which are often heard creaking before dropping huge chunks of ice.

In the winter months, Cerro Tronador’s neighbour, Cerro Catedral, is a popular ski destination. Just a short bus ride from the town centre, it’s easy to access and offers impressive views of the Nahuel Huapi Lake as you ski down the slopes.

Back in the heart of the town, Centro Civico, the town centre, is where you can experience that real Alpine charm with plenty of log and stone buildings filled with souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes. Make sure to also keep an eye out for the cute Saint Bernard dogs which call the town home and thrive in its cool climate.

If you’re ready to get your Bariloche chocolate fix, check out our Ultimate Chile & Argentina small group tour. Bariloche is just one of the many fantastic stops on this tour.