San Carlos de Bariloche (commonly called Bariloche) is a town in Argentina’s Patagonia region. It borders Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake surrounded by the Andes Mountains. Bariloche is known for its Swiss alpine-style architecture and its chocolate, sold in shops lining Calle Mitre, the main street. It's also a popular base for hiking and skiing the nearby mountains and exploring the surrounding Lake District.
A popular city in South America, for those who cannot travel to the real Alps. As a kid and teenager, I spent many summers in the Alps, so was far from impressed by Bariloche and left immediately. It is one of those overpriced cities (like Punta del Este in Uruguay) with a "chic" reputation but not much substance.
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