Patagonia’s Río Negro has some of Argentina’s most eye-catching landscapes. The province’s lake district around Bariloche, nestled in the foothills of the Andes, hosted a number of G20 meetings. As a settlement for many central European immigrants during the twentieth century, Bariloche has a unique identity, reflected in its gastronomy and cultural life.
Agriculturally, Río Negro is known for its fruit production, producing nearly 70% of Argentina’s apples and pears, which are exported throughout the region and the world.
With four pronounced seasons, Río Negro is a magnet for visitors year-round. Its winters offer some of the country’s best skiing at Mount Catedral.
- Population: 718,600
- Area: 203,013 km²
- Capital: Viedma
- Top export: Fruits
The sprawling lakeside town of Bariloche is a testament to Argentina’s frontier past, with stone and pine buildings that blend into the natural landscapes. Its chocolatiers are the most famous in the country, a legacy of the German settlers to the area.
Mount Catedral is the most popular ski resort in South America, located close to Bariloche. Skiing season runs from June to September.
El Bolsón is a sleepy town on the banks of the Quemquemtreu River, nestled in a fruit tree valley with the rugged Andes as a backdrop.
Nahuel Huapi National Park is Argentina’s oldest national park and boasts some of the nation’s most visibly stunning terrain, with royal blue lakes surrounding by pine-carpeted hills ascending to snowy mountain peaks. The park is explored most enjoyably by kayak, boat or horseback.