Duration: 9 days
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.
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 serves as entry point into the Patagonian Andes. 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, friendly local vibe, magical forests and few crowds.
Baguales Mountain Reserve is 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 Guacho word for a wild cow that roams the hills and grasslands of Patagonia.
Our tour continues with a road trip down the Ruta 40 for a stop in El Bolson enjoying its breathtaking mountain scenery and funky artisan vibe. Traveling south through the Patagonian steppes and gaucho country we arrive in Esquel our gateway for 3 days of skiing and snowboarding at La Hoya, a true Argentine gem, offering a genuine mom & pop community owned feel, superb backcountry opportunities and stunning views into Parque Nacional Alerces.Our evenings are enjoyed by sharing mattes, malbecs, craft drafts, handmade pastas and mouth watering Argentine beef. 
We spend the morning making a few more turns at La Hoya before returning to San Carlos de Bariloche for a farewell Argentine feast.  After a relaxed morning at our Bariloche hotel guests will be transported to the local airport for their domestic flights to Buenos Aires.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival In Bariloche –

Guests will be greeted at the San Carlos de Bariloche airport by their CASA Guides on the arrival day afternoon and transported to our local lodge where we get settled in for the following 4 nights.  We will have an orientation introduction dinner this first evening and get ready for our trip together.

Days 2-4 – Ski/Ride Cerro Catedral – Cerro Bayo – Baguales

We start our snow adventure exploring Cerro Catedral, Cerro Bayo and snowcat touring at Baquales Mountain Reserve. Cerro Catedral a sprawling 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. A roadtrip along the north shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, across from Bariloche brings us to the lakeside village of Villa la Angostura and the slopes of Cerro Bayo with its magnificent lake vistas and true Argentine charm.  This small town vibe, boutique ski center accesses lots of uncrowded powdery terrain. The Powder Gods have been very good to us here. 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. In the evenings we experience Bariloche’s lively nightlife and guacho culinary eateries featuring its legendary steaks and lamb, Patagonian trout, fresh pastas and of course Malbec and locally crafted brews!

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 base the following 3 nights at our hotel in Esquel, Chubut’s capital city.

Days 6-8 – 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. After a morning ski at La Hoya we return north on Ruta 40 to Bariloche for a farewell Argentina feast.

Day 9 – Bariloche – Departure Day

Enjoy a casual relaxed breakfast before traveling back along the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi leaving San Carlos de Bariloche and toward the airport in time for guests returning domestic flights to Buenos Aires.

Trip Map

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