The Top 10 Things To Do and See in El Bolsón

Photo of Madeleine Bazil
9 February 2017

Outdoorsy types will love El Bolsón, a scenic and bohemian town in western Argentina. Known for its artisanal food products and for its abundance of outdoor activities in proximity, there is something for everyone in this charming town and its environs. Here are the top ten things to do and see in El Bolsón.

Rio Azul, El Bolsón | © Marcelo A. Gonzalez/WikiCommons

Hike the Rio Azul

For a day out in nature, get outdoors and hit the hiking trail which runs along this gorgeous river. Experienced hikers can spend the night in a mountain shelter along the path, but amateurs ought not to worry; the 5 km trail makes for a good day hike, with a stop at a refugio for a bite to eat. Don’t forget a swimsuit for a dip in the clear blue water!

Hit up the Feria Artesanal

Spend a few hours wandering around the vibrant market for shopping, food, and live music. Local artisans sell everything from woodcarvings to natural perfumes and soaps to clothing, and the food available ranges from fresh fruit to beer to even vegan sandwiches. There is often live entertainment, like acrobats or jazz bands, to add to the atmosphere.

Feria Artesanal, Plaza Pagano, El Bolsón, Argentina, +54 294 449-2604

Get on the water with Paddling Patagonia

What better way to see the Rio Azul than from within a kayak or a whitewater raft? With highly experienced and friendly instructors and excellent equipment, this water-sports company is happy to make that happen. The best part? Enjoying coffee, mate, and a bite to eat afterwards courtesy of the company.

Check out the Museo de Piedras Patagonicas

This geological museum explores the history of Patagonia through its collection of minerals and rocks. Don’t miss the section on meteorites, as well as the outdoor geological ‘theme park’, which mixes education with natural beauty.

Museo de Piedras Patagonicas | © Pablo Gimenez/Flickr

Take to the skies with Aeroclub El Bolsón

For the most unique view of the region, book an aerial tour in a Cessna 182 with Aeroclub El Bolsón. Flights can be anywhere from 10 to 110 minutes, and encompass views of the lakes, glaciers, and parks. To avoid cloud cover, book a flight in the morning.

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