How To Get To Baguales Mountain Reserve from Bariloche
The remote Baguales Valley is located in jaw dropping northern Patagonia in Argentina. Buenos Aires, the country’s bustling capital, is well over 1,500 km away from the resort.
Baguales is quite isolated as far as Argentine ski resorts go. In fact, the closest city to the remote cat skiing destination is over an hour away. ThE city of San Carlos de Bariloche.
Bariloche is not only your gateway to all the skiing offered at Baguales, but also to the environmentally rich Rio Negro Province and the rest of the Argentine Lakes District.
How to Get to Bariloche by Air:
Since Buenos Aires is located so far away from Baguales, it’s best to fly from the capital to Patagonia and then to arrange ground transport from Bariloche’s airport to the resort. Bariloche is the easiest Patagonian city to fly into if you want to reach Baguales.
Flights depart regularly from Buenos Aires for Bariloche. International travelers, however, should be aware that these flights originate in Buenos Aires’s domestic airport (Jorge Newbery Airport), which is around one hour away from the international airport (Ezeiza international Airport). Those traveling from abroad to Baguales should be sure to schedule sufficient time to make this transfer in Buenos Aires.
Getting to Baguales from Bariloche
From Bariloche and the Bariloche airport, Baguales is approximately a one-hour drive away. Private cars can easily be rented at the airport and in the city center, but you will need a four wheel drive with good tires. A perhaps better option is to have PowderQuest arrange a private transfer from the airport or your hotel. The route 40 south road from Bariloche to the ski resort winds alongside multiple lakes, Gutierrez, Mascardi and Guillelmo, and past some epic peaks. In fact, it snakes through one of the most beautiful areas in Patagonia, so you won’t want to rush the drive.
The trail to Baguales heads Eastbound off of route 40 and is clearly marked. The Villegas River needs to be crossed several times to reach the lodge which is the starting point of all programmed activities. 4×4 and snow sleds are often needed to reach the lodge.