Cerro Catedral Ski Resort#11 in Best Things To Do in Argentine Patagonia
If you come to Patagonia to ski, this buzzing Andes resort in Argentina's Lake District boasts experienced instructors, spectacular vantage points and an array of outdoor trails. But downhill skiing isn't the only reason to visit Cerro Catedral: You can also test your stamina along the cross-country ski trails or tackle the powder by sled and snowmobile. If you visit between December and February, you'll find ample opportunities to hike and mountain bike in the summer season.
Travelers love the spectacular views at Cerro Catedral, but note one drawback: Winter crowds trigger long queues and steep prices. "It is really very nice to go in winter, but in summer [it's] a good choice for trekking. You take one of the chairs, and go up, and walk," explains one TripAdvisor user. You also won't want to miss Cerro Catedral's festive music scene or après-ski lounges.
Ski lifts operate daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lift ticket prices fluctuate by season. In the summer, a pedestrian rail transports passengers up Cerro's mountain from 9:30 to 4:15 p.m. for approximately 95 ARS (roughly $22 USD). Travelers can access Cerro Catedral from Bariloche via the Tres de Mayo bus service, which departs roughly every thirty minutes. If you're traveling by car, you can get to Cerro Catedral from Bariloche via a seven-mile drive. (To learn more, visit our guide to Getting Around Argentine Patagonia.) Parking is free at the resort. For further information, consult the Cerro Catedral website (written in Spanish).
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#1 Argentine Lake District
Stretching across northwestern tip of Argentine Patagonia sits the picturesque Lake District. Sandwiched between the Andes mountains with Chilean Patagonia to the west and Atlantic Patagonia to the east, the Lake District contains breathtaking vistas from nearly every angle. San Carlos de Bariloche, known simply as Bariloche, serves as the region's major hub. Towering over the immense Nahuel Huapi Lake and the surrounding national park, Bariloche provides a tranquil setting for lounging outdoors, savoring local cuisine, and admiring the picturesque scenery. But Bariloche boasts more than natural beauty. Venture into Bustillo, the heart of the city, and you'll discover European architecture infused with local hardwood accents, which create a lofty urban setting. During July and August, you'll find idyllic skiing conditions, and, in January, you'll relish prime hiking and river rafting weather. We suggest visiting during November or March, when you can soak up the fresh air, marvel at postcard-perfect views of the Andes, and relax at a tucked away mountain retreat without heavy crowds.
From Bariloche, it's easy to travel to Cerro Catedral's luxurious ski retreat. It's also worth checking out Villa La Angostura (a lakeside village 50 miles north of Bariloche) and San Martín de los Andes (a scenic town 112 miles north of Bariloche). Both feature local craft markets and panoramic views.
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