Bariloche - full name San Carlos de Bariloche - is located on the south-eastern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake. With its setting in the foothills of the Andes, it's considered one of Argentina's most picturesque cities. Swiss, German and Italian immigrants founded the town in 1902 and this strong cultural heritage is reflected in the town's chalet-style architecture, the log cabins in the outskirts and in its chocolate - Bariloche is the chocolate capital of Argentina.
Bariloche is also the stepping-off point for exploring the country's oldest national park, Nahuel Huapi National Park, and the rest of the Lake District. Here can be accessed many of Argentina's best trekking routes. Skiing is also a major draw in this part of Patagonia, and Bariloche is adjacent to one of South America's best ski areas, at Cerro Catedral.