Lago Gutierrez is one of the prettiest lakes in the Barioche region, and is blessed with warmer waters than some of the other glacial lakes, so is good for swimming. The campsite located on the western side of the lake is family friendly, with many sites of interest including woods, lookout points, hikes trails and waterfalls close by, making it a great place to stay if you want to spend your days indulging in Bariloche’s outdoor activities.
This campsite is located at the northern end of Lago Gutierrez, but also close to Lago Nahuel Huapi and Bariloche’s main Bustillo highway. Accessible by car or public bus, Camping Los Coihues has a fully equipped campsite nestled among leafy trees, as well as cabins and dorms for those who want to sleep inside. It also has a number of streams nearby which are perfect for fishing if you fancy catching your dinner.
This family run campsite has epic views towards Lake Nahuel Huapi and is just off the main drag Avenida Bustillo, yet secluded enough to forget that there is a city nearby. The main house provides communal cooking facilities, and there are lots of nooks and crannies in which to pitch your tent located around the picturesque garden park.
Perhaps El Bolson’s most well known hike is to the Cajon Azul, about two hours south of Bariloche. This hippy town has lots of amazing hikes and trails, and heading up towards the lodge at the Cajon Azul will take about three hours, but you can rent camping gear once you arrive. Spend the night and bathe in the crystal clear waters of the swimming hole, and stick your beers in the river until they are icy cold.
Another great option for camping in El Bolson is Kumelen, which is an idyllic parkland with a river running through it that can accommodate campers as well as those wishing to stay in the hostel, or to rent a cabin. A true El Bolson treasure, visitors to Kumelen will find themselves immersed in nature and disconnecting from their everyday lives. Be amazed by the imposing mountains that rise up at the back of the site, a typical Patagonian scene.
One of the best campsites in Villa la Angostura, an Alpine village about two hours north of Bariloche, is Camping Osa Mayor. Located close to the town centre, Osa Mayor has plenty of room for campers, but it also has fully serviced bungalows and cabins for those who are looking for a more private experience. All of Villa la Angostura’s amenities are close by, so you can avail of treks, hikes and boat trips on the lake.
This campsite is along the banks of Lake Lacar near the town of San Martin de los Andes, a little further north than Villa la Angostura. The town of Villa Quila Quina also benefits from one of the nicest lakeside beaches in the area, and this can be enjoyed by visitors to the campsite. The grounds are fully equipped with everything a camper would need, and the lodge has a large communal dining area where you can get to know your fellow travelers. A great spot for families.