Located in northern Patagonia, Bariloche is the gateway to the Lakes Region. The small, European-inspired city is situated in an intensely beautiful setting—it is quite literally surrounded by the nearly two-million-acre Nahuel Huapi National Park. Here, snow crowns the mountains year-round and wildlife and backpackers roam the Patagonian Steppe below. There is even a rainforest within this tremendous ecosystem, but the gargantuan lakes, rivers, and waterfalls dominate the area. Active travelers to Bariloche will enjoy hiking, skiing, biking, and sailing. No matter what you do during your stay in the Lakes Region, you will be rewarded with what is arguably the best locally produced chocolate in all of South America.