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Los Arrayanes National Park: A Magical Day Trip from Bariloche

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Have you ever heard of the magical forests of Patagonia? Well, one of them is right outside Bariloche. Los Arrayanes National Park will make you feel as if you've just teleported into a fairytale, and it can be visited on a day trip from Circuito Chico.

We took the excursion to experience a full day of beauty, exploring the stunning area of Los Arrayanes Forest, as well as some other outstanding landscape around it.

In this guide we're going to outline everything you need to know for visiting, so that you can perfectly plan your stay in Bariloche, and experience Los Arrayanes National Park, Let's dive right in!

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Where is Los Arrayanes National Park?

Los Arrayanes National park is part of the Quetrihué Peninsula, along the shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Situated north of Bariloche, it sits just 3 km outside of Villa La Angostura in Neuquen.

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Los Arrayanes National Park is located north of Bariloche, near Villa La Angostura.

How Do I Get to Arrayanes Forest?

In order to visit Los Arranyes Forest, you will need to take an excursion. Tours go from Puerto Pañuelo, which is a pier along Circuito Chico. The company is called Cau Cau, and the two different departure times are 10:25 am and 12:30 pm. In the summer there are two departures, and in the off season the only departure is at 10:25 am. 

We decided to go straight to the port (it is suggested to get there an hour before), but you can also get a transfer included with your ticket. If you get the first departure, the transfer leaves at 9:00 am to get to the port at 9:40, and if you are taking the second departure, the transfer is at 12:30 pm to get to the port at 1:20.

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Prices Los Arrayanes National Park
Prices Los Arrayanes National Park

Ticket Prices for Visiting Los Arrayanes

There are two different expenses when it comes to visiting Los Arrayanes National Park. First you must pay for the excursion, and then there is also the the park fee. 

Excursion prices are 24,000 pesos per adult (13+),  12,000 pesos for minors (ages 5-12) or seniors, and free for kids under 5. The VIP service is an additional 13,200, and the excursion with transfers included is an extra 4,500 pesos per person.

The park entrance fee is 5,500 pesos for foreigners, 1,500 pesos for Argentinians, 1,000 pesos for minors, and free for kids under 5.

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The Excursion to Los Arrayanes

Now that you know about how to get your excursion, let's dive into what to expect during the excursion!

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Once you board, the ride to Los Arrayanes Forest is about an hour. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, but being as it was very cold and windy when we went, we opted to sit inside.

The views are absolutely stunning along the way, so make sure that you do look out the windows, or take a a moment to walk outside to experience the beauty of Lake Nahuel Huapi.

Lake Nahuel, excursion Los Arrayanes park

There are stunning views along the lake of Nahuel Huapi.

Los Arrayanes Forest

The first stop is Los Arrayanes Forest, which is exactly where you will see those stunning trees that you are imagining. The part that is accessible for the excursion is a looped trail, which the Arrayanes trees surrounding. You will have 45 minutes to complete the loop, which is along a boarded path with handrails, and is very easy for all types of travelers.

Los Arrayanes National Park

Walking the loop straight through, you can easily do it in just 15-20 minutes, If you walk with a good pace, you can also have time to grab a drink or a bite to eat at the cafe right in front of the pier.

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Los Arrayanes National Park
Los Arrayanes National Park

The loop is fully boarded going through Los Arrayanes.

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As there are a lot of people onboard, we decided to go counter clockwise, and do the loop the opposite way as everyone else. This ensured that we would be able to get pictures without anyone else in them. Keep in mind other groups also may be visiting around the same time, so there will be quite a number of people you will share the trail with.

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Victoria Island

The next stop after Los Arrayanes forest, is Victoria Island, which is about 45 minutes away.

Victoria Island is much bigger than Los Arrayanes Forest, and there is plenty to explore. You could actually spend hours there, so you will have to choose what you do with your time wisely.

Victoria Island

We decided to walk right to the beach area, and then climbed up a trail nearby. The views were beautiful, and we came across what seemed to be an old hotel or residence. We had time to walk through the main tunnel of trees near the front, as well as go through gardens and see the back end of giant trees. You'll be able to explore for an hour and a half, before having to go back to the boat.

Victoria Island
Victoria Island
Victoria Island
Victoria Island

Victoria Island has a lot of beautiful areas to explore.

Heading Back to Bariloche

After getting back on the boat, you'll have around an hour ride back, until getting back to the pier in the late afternoon. We did the excursion in the fall, so were able to have beautiful lighting on our way back.

Victoria Island

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Amenities During the Trip

The boat has 2 bathrooms onboard, as well as a kiosk with snacks and drinks. Los Arrayanes National Park has a small cafe in the beginning/end of the trail, where you can get food, drinks, or go to the bathroom.

Victoria Island has a bigger restaurant that is right near the pier. Here you can find a more extensive list of options than Los Arrayanes, as well as a few bathrooms.

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Other Things to Keep in Mind When Visiting Los Arrayanes National Park in Bariloche

Now you are almost ready for your excursion to Los Arrayanes National Park in Bariloche! Here are just a few things to keep in mind while visiting.

Weather in Bariloche

Bariloche is one of the most northern parts of Patagonia. While it may not get as frigid as the southern tip of Argentina, it is definitely a colder part of the country than areas such as Buenos Aires, Mendoza, or Iguazu Falls.

Bariloche experiences all four seasons, with a lot of snow in the winter, mild and sunny days in the summer, and beautiful falls colors in the fall. Come May (fall time), the leaves start to change, and the area is so beautiful. However, it's important to know that at this time of year there is more rain than other times of the year. It can also get very chilly in the late afternoon, and while the boat is moving, so we suggest being prepared for the change of weather.

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What to Bring on the Excursion to Los Arrayanes National Park

Like we said, it's important to be prepared for all different types of weather. Here are some of our recommendations for things to bring on your excursion:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Umbrella or poncho
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Reusable Water Bottle (we use this water bottle from Cafago because it holds the temperature)
  • Snacks
  • Zippered Bag or Backpack - take a look at these backpacks for travelers!
  • Power Bank (we use Anker power banks, as they are super long lasting and sturdy)
  • Cash for snacks on the boat or in the kiosks

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