Welcome to Bariloche

The main gateway to the Patagonia region.


Bariloche is one of the most preferred touristic destinations in Argentina, considered the main gateway to the Patagonia region but still keeping some of its original alpine village style.

The small town sits on the southern coast of the beautiful Nahuel Huapi lake at about 780 m a.s.l., surrounded by mountains and lakes that makes it a paradise for trekking and ski lovers in summer and winter seasons, respectively.

Although the weather may change suddenly at the Andes foot it is normally cool, stable and very colorful near autumn. As expected from its touristic character, the town offers a range of excursions and services that allow enjoying one of the most beautiful scenarios in the world.

Its gastronomy deserves a special attention too, as it displays delicious alternatives including argentine and european typical dishes and wines.

Conference Venue


UCANS VII will be held at Hotel Amancay in Villa Llao Llao, near San Carlos de Bariloche.

This three-star hotel is located on the coastline of Bariloche. The Hotel has an outdoor swimming pool. All 75 rooms are equipped with minibar, safe and air conditioning.

Accomodation is available at Hotel Amancay by arrangement with the organization. The hotel is 40 km from the airport (25 Km from the city) and can be reached by taxi for about USD 45.

General Information


Changing airports in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires city has two main airports: Ezeiza (EZE), the international airport, located at about 34 km from Buenos Aires, and Aeroparque (AEP) that mainly handles domestic flights and is located on the margin of Río de la Plata, close to downtown Buenos Aires.

From abroad, you will be arriving in EZE. Your flight to Bariloche will leave from AEP. It is your own responsibility to arrive in AEP on time (most of the time there are no problem in doing so).

To change airports in Buenos Aires from EZE to AEP, you are advised to contract transportation services in either of the booths in the main hall offering both a shuttle service or a limousine (here called “remise”). The main operator of these services is Manuel Tienda Leon (it has a yellow lion head as a logo). The shuttle bus stops only once in town at Puerto Madero, to pick up more passengers. The cost of the shuttle service from EZE to AEP is about US$15 and takes about 1:30 hour. The cost of a “remise” from EZE to AEP is about US$55 and takes around 45 min. You can visit their web site, http://www.tiendaleon.com.ar/, where you can find current rates.

How to get to Amancay Hotel from Bariloche airport

The best transportation to the hotel is a “remise” which are readly available in the main hall of the airport. The cost of the journey to Hotel Amancay is approximately US$50

Local Information

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/sancarlosdebariloche/

http://www.interpatagonia.com/index_i.html

http://www.artourism.com/argentina_bariloche.htm

Currency

The national currency is the PESO ($), the approximate exchange rate with us-dollar is  1 u$s=$20. There are bills of $500, 200,100, 50, 10 and 5 .

The credit cards most commonly accepted are Visa and American Express. Mastercard is often accepted, but the Discover card is not. Let your credit card company and bank know you’ll be abroad and using your cards and ATM in Argentina before you leave home.

There is an ATM at airport, also in the Bariloche city, but not in the Amancay hotel.

Tips

Tipping in restaurants in Argentinian is never mandatory, but certainly desired. If you receive good service and want to leave something, 10% is usually more than enough. However, if your service was awful, don’t feel as though you must leave a gratuity.

It is not necessary to tip cab drivers in Argentina, nor do they expect one. It is considered polite to round up to the nearest whole peso multiple of $10 (if it is $73 pesos, round up to $80), so they don’t have to count out coins for your change (which they almost never have anyway).

Public transportation

You need an electronic card to use the service (named SUBE), which should be purchased in advance. You can find it at the airport in the “KIOSKO”. All lines in Bariloche use the SUBE card, also the same card is used in other cities, like Buenos Aires.