El Bolsón & Lago Puelo – Argentina (Patagonia)

Located at approximately 120 km south of Bariloche, the El Bolsón & Lago Puelo area is amazing!

El Bolsón is a bohemian village with a unique atmosphere cherished by nature lovers and artisans. They locally produce delicious artisan beers (+30 breweries!) and grow berries. The handicraft market in town is famous for its quality and is opened on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

The Cerro Amigo viewpoint in El Bolsón, is a short little outing, close to town and very relaxed. The whole area is a real nature paradise! A 15km drive from el Bolsón will get you to the Piltri’s “plataforma”. This is the starting point of a 40 minute walk to Bosque Tallado, a beautiful forest with wooden sculptures or you can hike 2,5 hours steep up to the top of the impressive Cerro Piltriquitrón (2284 meters above sea level).

Hikers are gonna love El Bolsón & Lago Puelo with its big quantity of trails and 14 refuges, perfect for day trips or multi-day treks! Crystal clear rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, mountain peaks, hidden lagoons and thousand year old trees are the rewards for tiring yourself out!

The popular & magnificent Lago Puelo National Park is located 18 km south from El Bolsón and has beaches to swim, boat tours, high cliffs, impressive views and trekking trails such as the one to Los Hitos. It is very easy to reach by bus (every hour from El Bolsón & Lago Puelo village) or (rental) bike, a gorgeous ride!

A nice half day activity is the trail bordering the Río Azul in the Doña Rosa area with El Paraíso as the destination! Sounds great no? Or maybe you’d like to go horseback riding, paragliding, rafting or kayaking. One thing is for sure: El Bolsón & Lago Puelo will keep you busy for several days.

Hiking fanatic? Also inform about hiking to the Cochamó area in Chile! 

Where to sleep in El Bolsón & Lago Puelo


This nice small hostel, located just a 100 metres from the city centre in a beautiful tree lined avenue, is made to relax! With a real family feeling to it, you can make yourself at home in the living room with its book library, the outdoor yard ideal for barbecues & playing ping pong and in the hostel’s little cozy bar.

There are five double rooms (shared or private bathroom), and three dorms. In one of the dorms you have to bring your own sleeping bag, a more economic option.

There’s Wi-Fi in every part of the house and the kitchen & dining room area is excellent, perfect to save some money and meet fellow travellers.

La Casa del Arbol’s friendly crew will inform you about the area’s trails & mountain huts, El Bolsón’s beers (the best of Patagonia) and La Casa del Arbol’s high quality but inexpensive rental bikes. We bet you’re gonna end up staying here for several days!

Address & contact
Perito Moreno 3038
El Bolsón
+54 294 4720176
[email protected]

La Casa del Arbol