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Ascent to Cerro Bella Vista, Bariloche

Cerro Bella Vista Ascent
Cerro Bella Vista Ascent

Discover the beauty of Cerro Bella Vista and its surroundings in this 1-day hike in Patagonia, with Juan Carlos, a certified mountain guide.



1 Day

Jan - May, Oct - Dec




'Bella Vista' (1800 m) is a very popular peak in Bariloche, that offers wonderful views of Nahuel Huapi lake and the surrounding peaks in this area. 

If you like gaining elevation quickly and you are fit enough for a steady 2-hour up-hill trek, then this is the right hike for you!

The journey begins at 'Refugio Jacob' trailhead, which is also called 'El Tambo'. From there, we'll start climbing the Southeast ridge of Mount Bella Vista. The landscape is wonderful: a tree forest with old 'Coihues' and flowers. Besides, it's a great spot for bird watching!

Then, we'll reach some great viewpoints, where we can rest and drink some fresh water. We can find orchids among the rocks at this part.

We'll continue the ascent and enter a 'Lenga' tree forest. Those trees will turn into shrubs soon after. Among the common birds in this area, you may see some Magellanic Giant Woodpeckers.

The trail offers some stunning views of Lago Moreno as well as the amazing lake system of this region of the Andes, as we continue ascending the mountain.

Once in the summit ridge, we'll enjoy some sandwiches with the typical 'Mate'. From there, there's one more hour of climbing to the summit of Mount Bella Vista.

The top of this mountain has a stunning 360 degrees view of all the peaks and valleys near Bariloche. If we are lucky, we may even see some condors. After admiring this wonderful scenery, we'll return through the same route.

The day ends at Berlina, a local microbrew where we'll go for a Patagonian beer.

Planning a trip to Bariloche? Please contact me to discover the beautiful Cerro Bella Vista! 

I am a certified mountain guide living in this city, so I organize many trips here. You can take a look at this traverse in Nahuel Huapi through 4 lagoons or this amazing trek to Frey and Jacob huts.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

About the guide

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Juan Carlos



Mountain Leader

AAGM mountain guide from Argentina.

I was raised in Buenos Aires where I used to go sailing and fishing with my family during weekend and holidays. As a teenager I began traveling to Patagonia with friends to fish, hike and camp. Years later I became a rock climber and mountaineer since I wanted to asses more summits and amazing views.

At the age of 23 and after gathering a good amount of fun ascents and traverses along Patagonia, I decided to fully commit to a life in the outdoors. As a result I started my carrier at N.O.L.S. – National Outdoors Leadership School in the U.S.A. and Chile. I lead rock climbing and mountaineering trips in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Alaska and in Aysen (Chilean Patagonia) for nine years.

In 2009 finally settled permanently in Bariloche and focused my guiding work on the Lake District Region. Here I discovered new styles of guiding and service which were good to experience and helped me grow in this profession. Now I am able to mix my background on outdoor education with the guiding world and create unique experiences for active travelers.

I take advantage of every season of the year, going mountain biking and sea-kayaking in the summer, ice-skating on alpine lakes during the Fall, back-country skiing during the Winter, rock climbing and mountaineering as soon as the Spring makes it way through the snow.

Outdoor Certifications:

• N.O.L.S. Senior Instructor
• A.A.G.M. Mountain Guide
• W.F.R. First Aid Certified
• L.N.T. Leave No Trace Master Educator
• AV 1 Level Avalanche Awareness
• Nahuel Huapi National Park Mountain & Kayaking Guide
• A.C.A American Canoe Association Level 3, Coastal Kayaking


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What people are saying about Juan Carlos



Juan was an amazing guide! We had the best experience treking with him and would highly recommened this trip!


We went snowshoeing in Bariloche last July. The trip was great and Juan Carlos was fantastic!



Juan was a great guide. We went in mid November and there’s no way we could have done the Frey to Jacob traverse without him. He’s very relaxed but you feel very safe and unhurried, good fun to be around. He looked after us really well and even let us take a shower at his place before we headed off to the airport.



Juan was an amazing guide! We had the best experience treking with him and would highly recommened this trip!


Juan was very informative and offered a well-rounded trip; would definitely do it again!

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