Trail difficulty
Green
Elevation Gain
490.00 ft (149.35 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
23.00 mi (37.01 km)
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The Circuito Chico is a must-do when visiting San Carlos de Bariloche (Bariloche), Argentina. This Patagonian adventure will bring you endless views of the Lago Perito Moreno, Lago Nahuel Huapi, dense forests, and some of the local popular attractions such as the famous Llao Llao Hotel and Patagonia Brewery. This biking route consists of paved roads and occasional wide dirt tracks.

If you are visiting this part of the world, you probably didn’t bring your mountain bike with you! Don’t worry, Circuito Chico Adventure has got you covered. They rent mountain bikes for around $15 a day and are located just at the beginning of the circuit (kilometer 18.3 Bustillo Avenue).

Once you’ve picked up your mountain bike, the 37-kilometer journey begins. Head southwest on Circuito Chico Avenue, also known as Ruta Provinical 77, for 4.5 kilometers until you reach “Panoramic Point” for stunning views of Lago Perito Moreno and Lago Nauhel Huapi. From here, just 3.8 kilometers down the road is your first detour to the small village of Colonia Suiza. This is a great stop if you desire a craft beer or some handmade crafts from the local artisans.

The next must-do stop, Patagonia Brewery, is about halfway through the ride. Patagonia Brewery beers are some of the most popular to buy throughout Argentina, so it’s worth checking out. Even if you’re not in the mood for a craft brew, they have snacks to replenish the calories you’ve been burning, and they have yet another amazing view of the lakes.

The next detour off the standard circuit is Villa Tacul, an isolated beach that is just another 2 kilometers north. Here you can stop for a rest and take in the calming lake views before continuing on your journey. From here, just continue on the loop, stop at one of the many lookouts for a break, and enjoy the ride.

Overall, the ride is moderate in difficulty, but it is non-techincal and will take between four and six hours. There are a few steep, long climbs, but the views are totally worth it. Get ready for a great day filled with hard work, Patagonian culture, and a few of the many lakes that encompass Argentinian Patagonia.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Amazing views. Low congestion.

Cons

Minimal bike lanes on roads.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

2,693.00 ft (820.83 m)

Highest point

2,985.00 ft (909.83 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Wildlife
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Bird watching
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Hiking
Motorized vehicles

Route Characteristics

Trail

Location

Field Guide

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