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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 ... Read more » Fede Nuñez, Pixelado*Photo_Pro / Flickr

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#3 Atlantic Patagonia This beautiful Patagonian region (which skirts the Atlantic Ocean and sits just east of the Lake District and above Southern Patagonia) consists of wildlife havens and quaint Welsh villages. Here ... Read more » longhorndave / Flickr

#4 Perito Moreno Glacier At the southern tip of Glacier National Park in Southern Patagonia sits one of the region's most magnificent glaciers, Perito Moreno. Unlike 95 percent of Earth's glaciers that ... Read more » pclw / Flickr

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#7 Cave of the Hands (Cueva de las Manos) This bizarre Patagonian cave remains shrouded in mystery. Its walls exhibit three distinctive styles of cave art linked to a hunter-gatherer society that flourished in Argentine Patagonia around 10,000 ... Read more » longhorndave / Flickr

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#9 Estancia Cristina Founded in the early 1900s by English pioneer and cattle farmer Joseph Percival Masters, Estancia Cristina offers both impressive views and excursions. Sitting next to Glacier National Park in Southern ... Read more » Courtesy of Estancia Cristina

#10 Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum This paleontological museum transports visitors to pre-historic Patagonia with four galleries that display over 1,700 fossils. Named after Egidio Feruglio—an Italian paleontologist who studied Patagonia's ancient Cretaceous ... Read more » Agamitsudo / Flickr

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#12 Horseback Riding Some say there's no better way to navigate Patagonia than on horseback. Ever since guachos (cowboys) first steered their sturdy steeds through Southern Patagonia's rugged terrain, horseback riding ... Read more » Alex E. Proimos / Flickr

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