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Car Rental from Bariloche (San Carlos de Bariloche) Airport 

Discovering Bariloche from the Road: Your Complete Car Rental Guide

San Carlos de Bariloche, affectionately known as Bariloche, is a city nestled in the Andes' foothills, surrounded by glacial lakes and snow-peaked mountains. As the gateway to Argentina's Patagonia region, Bariloche beckons with its Swiss alpine-style architecture and its famous chocolate shops. Whether you're drawn to its ski slopes, hiking trails, or serene lakes, renting a car from Bariloche Airport lets you explore this gem at your own pace. Let’s set the wheels in motion with this comprehensive guide.

Benefits of Renting a Car in Bariloche:

  1. Mountainous Exploration: With its proximity to the Andes, a car allows you to traverse mountainous terrains and visit secluded spots.
  2. Convenience: Eliminate waiting times and restrictions of public transport. Chart your journey as you please.
  3. Scenic Drives: Drive through some of the most picturesque routes Argentina offers, like the Circuito Chico or the Road of the Seven Lakes.

Bariloche Airport (BRC):

  • Distance to City Center: Teniente Luis Candelaria International Airport is approximately 13 km from Bariloche's city center. A straightforward drive via RN40 and Av. Exequiel Bustillo takes about 20 minutes.

Things to Consider When Renting A Car:

  1. Driving License: Along with your domestic license, an International Driving Permit is recommended for international travelers.
  2. Insurance: Considering the mountainous terrain, opt for comprehensive insurance to safeguard against any eventualities.
  3. Vehicle Type: If you plan to explore rugged terrains or snowy areas, consider renting an SUV or a vehicle with four-wheel drive.

Driving in Bariloche: Tips and Customs:

  1. Mountain Driving: The region's hilly terrain requires drivers to be cautious, especially around curves. Always use low gears when descending.
  2. Weather Conditions: Snow and rain can make roads slippery. Always check the weather forecast and be prepared for sudden changes.
  3. Parking: The city center can be busy, especially during peak tourist seasons. Look for designated parking zones or opt for hotel accommodations that offer parking facilities.

Recommended Attractions & Routes:

  1. Circuito Chico: A 60 km loop starting from Bariloche that offers panoramic views, historical sites, and artisanal breweries. Allow 3-4 hours, considering stops.
  2. Camino de los Siete Lagos (Road of the Seven Lakes): Connecting Bariloche to San Martín de los Andes, this 110 km stretch is a visual treat with its cascading waterfalls, dense forests, and shimmering lakes.
  3. Cerro Otto: Just a 15-minute drive from the city center. Take the cable car to the top for mesmerizing views of the region.
  4. Cerro Catedral: Around 20 km from Bariloche, it's the most famous ski resort in South America. Even in non-ski seasons, its landscapes are breathtaking.

Vehicle Type & Weather Considerations:

  1. SUV: The undulating terrains and potential snowfalls make SUVs a popular choice in Bariloche.
  2. Compact Cars: Suitable for city drives and short distances. Ensure they're equipped for variable weather conditions.
  3. Weather: Bariloche's weather can change rapidly. If visiting during the winter months (June to August), ensure the vehicle is snow-ready.

First-Time Visitor Tips:

  1. Stay Alert: Some roads, especially mountainous ones, can be narrow with sharp turns. Drive slowly and be attentive.
  2. Fuel Up: While gas stations are available, the distances between them can be significant in rural areas. Always keep the tank at least half full.
  3. Local Delights: Bariloche is famous for its chocolates. Park your car and take a leisurely walk along Mitre Street, trying out chocolate samples from various stores.

Conclusion: Bariloche, with its fusion of natural beauty and cultural richness, promises an unmatched driving experience. Renting a car lets you curate your adventure, ensuring every twist and turn reveals a new wonder. With the right preparations and a spirit of adventure, the open roads of Bariloche await your journey.

Current Rental Rates at Bariloche Airport

Ford Fiesta Sedan

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.83 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta Sedan

7 Days rental at 264.87 EUR from 23/09/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Renault Logan

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 41.83 EUR/day
Renault Logan

7 Days rental at 292.86 EUR from 23/09/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Mystery Car Compact or Larger

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.96 EUR/day
Mystery Car Compact or Larger

7 Days rental at 300.74 EUR from 23/09/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Bariloche Airport: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Scenic Drives around Nahuel Huapi Lake: Start your journey from Bariloche Airport with a scenic drive around the magnificent Nahuel Huapi Lake. The Circuito Chico route offers breathtaking views of the lake, mountains, and lush forests. Stop at panoramic viewpoints like Punto Panorámico and enjoy the serene beauty of the Patagonian landscape.

  • Seven Lakes Route to San Martín de los Andes: Utilize your rental car to embark on the famous Seven Lakes Route (Ruta de los Siete Lagos), a journey that takes you through some of Argentina’s most stunning landscapes, connecting Bariloche with San Martín de los Andes. Discover crystal-clear lakes, charming mountain villages, and pristine forests along this picturesque road.

  • Cerro Campanario and Adventure Activities: Drive to Cerro Campanario, a short distance from Bariloche, and take the chairlift to the summit for one of the most acclaimed views in the region. For those seeking adventure, the Bariloche area offers activities like hiking, kayaking, and skiing (in winter).

  • Explore the Arrayanes Forest and Victoria Island: Take your hire car to Puerto Pañuelo and board a boat to Victoria Island and the Arrayanes Forest. Explore these unique natural environments, where you can walk among ancient trees and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the island.

  • Culinary Delights and Chocolate Haven: Bariloche is known as Argentina’s chocolate capital. Drive around the city to visit numerous chocolate shops and boutiques, sampling handmade chocolates and regional specialties. Don’t miss the chance to dine at local restaurants, where you can savor traditional Argentine asados and Patagonian lamb.


Bariloche Airport - Popular Destinations

  •  Bariloche
  • Mendoza City - Approximately 10 kilometers
  • Maipu - Approximately 20 kilometers
  • Potrerillos - Approximately 60 kilometers
  • Uspallata - Approximately 90 kilometers
  • San Rafael - Approximately 230 kilometers

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