Duration: 9 days
Price: $3995
casa tours explore patagonia

The Explore Patagonia Tour ventures 9 days deep into the heart of Argentina’s Patagonian Andes, skiing and snowboarding the slopes of Cerro Catedral, Cerro Bayo, La Hoya and Argentina’s newest cat-skiing operation Baguales Mountain Reserve.Our tour begins and ends in the lakeside city of San Carlos de Bariloche, a world- class adventure based community with a plethora of superb restaurants, nightspots, craft breweries, and chocolatiers. Cerro Catedral, Argentina’s largest ski and snowboard resort, features thousands of acres of inbounds and hike to off-piste terrain, breathtaking lake and mountain vistas, spectacular granite spires, and a good dose of true Alps culture in the Andes.A day trip along the shores of Lago Nahuel Haupi and Argentina’s first national park brings us to Villa la Angostura and Cerro Bayo, a small ski ‘boutique’ center with amazing backcountry access, magical forests and few crowds. Our adventure continues with a day at Baguales Mountain Reserve, a privately owned 14,000-hectare (Yes that is 34,500 acres) snowy playground. The reserve is three times larger than the traditional ski centers and boasts a vertical drop of up to 3000 feet (900 meters) The name Baguales is an Argentine word for a wild cow that roams the hills and grasslands of Patagonia.Next up is a road trip down the Ruta 40 for a stop in El Bolson enjoying its artisan market, signature brewery, and breathtaking mountain scenery. Continuing south we travel through Patagonian steppes and gaucho country to Esquel our gateway for 3 days of skiing and snowboarding at La Hoya, a true Argentine gem, offering a true mom & pop feel, endless backcountry opportunities and stunning views into Parque Nacional Alerces.We spend our evenings sharing matte, malbecs, and mouth watering Argentine beef before returning to Bariloche for one more big night out and a final day on the slopes at Cerro Catedral if your schedule permits. Que Bueno!!!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival In Bariloche

Guests must arrange flights to San Carlos de Bariloche airport from Buenos Aires. Here they are met by CASA guides and taken to your lakeside Bariloche accommodation. Tonight we have a trip orientation and welcome dinner at one of Bariloche’s local breweries. Early arrivals are welcome and CASA guides can assist with logistics.

Day 2 – Ski/Ride Cerro Catedral

We spend our first ski day at Cerro Catedral. This modern ski center with a distinctly European feel features over 3,000 acres of on piste terrain, extensive lift-accessed backcountry steeps, and some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. The Powder Gods have been very good to us here. In the evenings we experience Bariloche’s lively nightlife and excellent eateries featuring local Patagonian trout, lamb and beef.

Day 3 – Cat-Skiing at Baguales Mountain Reserve

Argentina’s newest cat-skiing operation, Baguales Mountain Reserve boasts over 34,000 acres of powdery terrain and vertical descents up to 3000 feet. This privately owned reserve is one classy experience set in the wilds of the Patagonian Andes. Baguales is a pristine mountain playground just for us to indulge in.

Day 4 – Ski/Ride Cerro Bayo – Villa La Angostura

We roadtrip to the lakeside village of Villa la Angostura and the slopes of Cerro Bayo. This small town vibe, boutique ski center accesses lots of uncrowded powdery terrain. Located on the north shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, across from Bariloche, Cerro Bayo has magnificent lake vistas and true Argentine charm. On the way home we stop at our favorite road house Parrilla for a true guacho culinary experience.

Day 5 – Travel to Esquel

Our journey south on Ruta 40 runs deep into Patagonia and its snow covered mountains, barren steppes, and endless pampas to Esquel, our gateway to La Hoya ski center. En route we stop in the artisan inspired town of El Bolson for lunch before continuing through this vast wind sculpted landscape known for its huge ranches, guacho culture and where Butch Cassidy roamed. We spend 4 nights in Esquel, Chubut’s capital city.

Days 5-8 – Ski / Ride La Hoya

Receiving some of the coldest and driest powder in the Patagonian Andes, plenty of big mountain riding, loads of terrain features and a genuine, laid back vibe make La Hoya a highly recommended Argentine visit. For 3 days we explore this snow jewel while enjoying it’s local Patagonian hospitality and dramatic wild scenery. Depending on weather conditions there will be the opportunity for a morning ski at La Hoya before returning north on Ruta 40 to Bariloche for a final night of feasting on Argentine beef and malbec.

Day 9 – Departure Day

After breakfast CASA guides will arrange transportation to the airport or Cerro Catedral depending on guests departing flights from San Carlos de Bariloche.

Trip Map

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  • Upcoming Departures

    • AUG. 30, 2020 (Sun) – SEPT. 7, 2020 (Mon)
  • What’s Included

    • 4 Nights Esquel
    • 4 Nights Bariloche
    • All Breakfasts & Dinners
    • 1:4 Guide to Guest Ratio
    • All Lift Passes On Tour
    • 1 Day of Cat Skiing at Baguales
    • All Ground Transportation on Tour
    • Use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
    • Use of 2-way radio
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