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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed by the trip leader(s) and NOT the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for payment details and instructions.

Patagonia Sampler

The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, near San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina   Overnight: Patagonia Sampler  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 10 2022  9:00 pm >> Mon, Dec 19 2022 8:00 am
Registration Opens: Tue, Jul 5 2022 12:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Jul 5 2022 12:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Days 11 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:32 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
Lisa Maldonado
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Member Cost:$1,225.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:8
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Notice: This web page is designed so that you can only put yourself on the waiting list. Once I verify that you satisfy the registration requirements I will move you to the list of participants. See registration requirements below.

This itinerary showcases some of the most beautiful spots in this corner of Patagonia.

Day 1. (Saturday, 12/10): Departure from Atlanta.

Day 2. (Sunday, 12/11): Arrive at Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport in Buenos Aires. (Airport code: EZE.) Take shuttle bus to Aeroparque (AEP),  where our domestic flight to San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC) departs. Note: there are a few flights directly from EZE to BRC. Arrive in San Carlos de Bariloche in the afternoon. You will be met at the airport and driven to the city.   Meet with our local organizer and pay the balance of the event cost. Meet with guides. Sleep in hotel or hostel. Dinner in town (lodging and dinner at your own expense).

San Carlos de Bariloche

Day 3. (Monday, 12/12. Transfer to Puerto Pañuelo on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Cross the lake by boat to Quetrihue Peninsula (about 80 minutes). Explore Arrayanes Forest. Hike from the tip of the peninsula to Villa La Angostura (7.5 miles, D2). Return to Bariloche by land (lodging and dinner at your own expense).

Nahuel Huapi Lake 

More about Nahuel Huapi Lake

Day 4.  (Tuesday, 12/13. Transfer to Rincón Chico on the Limay River. Rafting to Villa Llanquín (about two hours, D1). We will have dinner there or in Bariloche. Lodging in Bariloche. (lodging and dinner at your own expense).

Day 5. (Wednesday 12/14). We pack a bag for a two day trip and leave the rest of our things at the hotel or hostel in Bariloche. We go by bus to Puerto Pañuelo and take a boat to Puerto Blest  (there is no road between Bariloche and Puerto Blest). The trip takes about 2 hours. We leave our bags at the hotel and carry a backpack with the day's essentials. We take a 3 mile bus ride to Laguna Frías and cross the lagoon to Puerto Frías by boat (about 45 minutes), where we start our hike by first walking on the paved road that crosses the international boundary between Argentina and Chile. After 0.8 miles we will get to Paso de los Raulíes trail. Length: 6.5 miles, elevation gain: 2000 ft. Hiking time: around five and a half hours.This trail meanders accross the international boundary and enters Chilean territory a couple of times. There are national parks on both sides of the border and the area is in pristine condition. The trail ends near Hotel Puerto Blest, where we will spend the night. Lunch on the trail and dinner in the hotel are included in the event cost.

Puerto Blest

Paso de los Raulies 

Day 6. (Thursday, December 15): Hike to Lake Ortiz Basualdo (8 miles, D3, hiking time: 5 hours). If you want a more relaxed alternative you can walk to  Cascada de los Cántaros and back. (Hiking time: 3 hours). Lodging in Hotel Puerto Blest, breakfast, lunch on the trail, and dinner in the hotel are included in the event cost

Day 7. Friday, 12/16). Take a boat back to Puerto Pañuelo. From there we take a short bus trip to the Cerro López trailhead. The crew will take your bag back to your hotel or hostel. You take with you a backpack and a light sleeping bag. Ascent to Refugio Roca Negra (1600 ft elevation change, D3), lunch in Refugio Roca Negra. From there we have two options. Option 1: hike an additional 1800 ft up to Refugio López for a total of 3400 ft elevation change, or, Option 2: do part of the ascent on a van on an access road; in this case, the additional climb will be around 500 ft. Lunch, dinner, and lodging in Refugio López are included in the event cost. We will sleep in the refugio.

The promo picture you see on this web page is a view from Refugio Roca Negra at dusk.

Day 8. (Saturday 12/17). In the morning we can hike around Refugio López, the views are beautiful. In the afternoon we hike down to the access road (about an hour) and then take a van back to Bariloche. Farewell barbecue. (Lodging at your own expense, the barbecue is my treat).

Day 9. (Sunday 12/18). Return to Buenos Aires in the morning. Fly back to the US in the evening. You will be driven from the city to the Bariloche airport.

Day 10. (Monday 12/19). Arrive in the US.


This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Refugio López is a fully staffed cabin with bunk beds and hard mattresses. 

Registration Requirements.

1. You must be an AOC trip leader or an active AOC member recommended by an AOC trip leader that I know well.  This requirement is in place to verify that you have the necessary level of fitness and, most important, that you are a sociable person that will get along with the rest of the group and will not engage in disruptive behavior. This event is intended for bona fide AOC members and not for persons that join the club just to participate in this event. It is your responsibility to find a trip leader that will send me a recommendation on your behalf. Please put yourself on the waiting list. Starting on July 15,  I will check whether you qualify, and, if you do, will move you to the list of participants, provided the maximum number of participants has not been reached.  (I will go through the list of participants in the order they are listed on the waiting list). If you do not qualify you will remain on the waiting list until you do, or the maximum number of participants has been reached. 2. After I move you to the list of participants please send me a deposit of $225.00 by PayPal to If I don't receive your deposit by October 15 I will move you back to the waiting list.

3.  You will pay the remaining balance to the local tour organizer in Bariloche in cash, in USD. 


The Trip Leader for this event has elected either to personally collect the funds that event participants are required to pay, or to require participants to pay funds directly to a third party. No funds will be paid to the Atlanta Outdoor Club for this event, except for the $25.00 user fee. Therefore, by registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the following: (1) the monies paid by registrants will not be monitored, managed, or otherwise accounted for by the Atlanta Outdoor Club; (2) that the Atlanta Outdoor Club bears no financial responsibility for this event; and (3) you waive any and all claims against the Atlanta Outdoor Club, and hold the Atlanta Outdoor Club harmless for the loss of any monies you paid for this event.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paying registrant may request directly from the Trip Leader, prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Following the event, the Trip Leader must complete his or her financial accounting for the event, with supporting documentation, within 30 days of the completion of the event, and a paid registrant may request a breakdown of funds collected, money spent and supporting documentation after that time. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.


Required Items to Bring:

Clothing: Long johns - 2 pairs of trousers - 2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pairs of sock liners - 3 sets of underwear - Hiking boots (waterproof) - sandals or booties for indoors - 3 t-shirts - 2 sweaters - waterproof parka - waterproof pant covers - gaiters - 1 pair of woolen gloves or mittens - 1 pair of waterproof gloves or 1 pair of waterproof glove covers - balaclava - sun hat - light sleeping bag (rated at least 40 degrees F) - Sunglasses - Woolen hat

Toiletries: Toilet paper and paper tissues - Toothpaste and toothbrush - Deodorant - glycerine soap or detergent - Lip balm

Equipment: Day pack- Water bottle - Head lamp and spare batteries - Sunglasses (important!) - Trekking poles.

Miscellaneous: Plastic bags for clothing and garbage - Personal first aid kit - Sunblock (at least SPF 30)

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

 Camera -  Penknife - Pencil and paper - Thermos


Registration Requirements.
To participate in this event you must be either an AOC trip leader, or be recommended by an AOC trip leader that I know well. If you wish to participate in this event you must place yourself on the waiting list. Once I verify you satisfy the requirements I will move you to the list of participants.

Payment and Refund Schedule:

1. A deposit of $225.00 must be received by the organizer through PayPal to by October 1. This includes a $25 AOC user fee which is nonrefundable. The balance of the deposit will be nonrefundable after November 9. However, if a qualified substitute can be found to take your place in the trip, she/he can use your deposit. 

2. You will pay for your trip (less the deposit) in Bariloche. Payment must be in cash in US dollars.

Before booking your lodging in Bariloche please contact the organizer. This is important to ensure that all participants lodge close to each other.

If you wish to stay in the area after finishing the event, there are several alternatives available including climbing Cerro Tronador, but arrangements must be made in advance. Consult the event organizer for details.

- All prices quoted in this event description are in US dollars.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Member Cost:$1,225.00/Person
Cost Includes:

-All transportation to and from Bariloche to the trailheads and to the boat dock, and transportation to and from Bariloche to the airport.

-A nonrefundable $25.00 AOC user fee.

-Lodging in Refugio López.

-Lodging at Hotel Puerto Blest in a double room. Breakfast is included.

-Two dinners at Hotel Puerto Blest (Dinner consists of appetizer and main dish; you select items from the standard menu).

-All meals and packed lunches while on the trails or in the refugios.

-Licensed guide, assistant guides and insurance (these are requirements of the park authorities).

-Technical and cooking equipment as needed.



-Shuttle bus between airports in Buenos Aires (around $15.00 each way).

-Meals and lodging in Bariloche and in transit to and from Bariloche.  


-Two entrance tickets to the national park (around 15 USD each ticket).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

US passport holders do not need a visa to enter Argentina.

Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.