A perfect sunny day in Bariloche is what I dream about still to this day. And there’s no better place to enjoy that sun than on the top of Cerro Llao Llao.
While sitting at the top of this peak, you’ll be able to enjoy the scenery of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and all of its beauty.
So pack a tasty lunch, and make way for this trail that is a must while visiting Bariloche in Argentina!
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Why You Should Hike Cerro Llao Llao
Bariloche in Argentina is a fantastic place for all fitness levels to go hiking because of how short but remarkable the hikes are.
Depending on which route you take, you can see a lot without having too much of an intense incline.
At the peak, you’ll reach heights of 1,025 meters, which is nothing compared to other parts of the country like Jujuy.
After only 30 minutes of incline on the Llao Llao trail, you’ll reach the peak.
Where is Cerro Llao Llao
You can get here by multiple forms of transportation, including the bus. There are parking spots for cars too.
How to Get to Cerro Llao Llao
Getting here is rather straightforward, and that’s one of the things I love about Bariloche. We’re not the ones to rent cars normally, so a good public transport system is always nice to have.
Using the Bus System in Bariloche
In a lot of the major cities in Argentina, like Buenos Aires and Bariloche, they use something called a SUBE card. This is for public transportation.
You can’t simply get on the bus and pay the driver. We had to go to a store, purchase a SUBE card, and add money to it.
In order to purchase a SUBE card, go to a Kiosco or anywhere where you see a sticker on the window.
The rides are very cheap and affordable. Once you get on the bus, scan the pass and look for your stop. Look out for bus number 20. Ask for Cerro Llao Llao and go to the last stop before it turns at Puerto Pañuelo.
Keep walking up the road for about 10 minutes and look for Sendero Villa Tacul on your right.
I like to download the offline map on Mapsme and watch where I’m going, just in case.
Getting a rental car in Bariloche is one of the best ways to get around. It will give you access to more hikes and decrease the wait times for the bus.
There are plenty of parking spots at all the different hiking trails, like Refugio Frey and Cerro Campanario.
There were a couple of instances where we had to either take a taxi or an Uber in Bariloche. Uber works perfectly fine, but it’s technically illegal, so don’t be weirded out if they ask you to sit up front.
Things to Know Before Hiking Cerro Llao Llao
Most of the trails in Bariloche are easy to follow and I’m sure you won’t have any issues. Here are a few extra things you might want to know before heading out to Hike Cerro Llao Llao.
Things to Bring
Depending on what time of year you visit, you’ll want to bring layers of clothes. We visited in late November/early December. It was warm in the sun but extremely chilly in the shade and at night. Here are some other things I suggest bringing as well.
The Different Routes
When deciding to hike Llao Llao Hill, you can make it into a longer hike or a shorter one. The peak would still be the main event, but at the beginning, there’s another trail nearby that you can take to view Lago Moreno first.
When walking up the road past Puerto Panuelo, there will be another trailhead on your left before reaching the Villa Tacul trailhead.
This trail is called Sendero de los Arrayanes and leads through a relatively flat surface alongside Lago Moreno.
Once this trail ends, you can follow the road for a few minutes. You’ll then want to start heading towards Villa Tacul, and the next trail will be nearby, leading you to Cerro Llao Llao.
Is the Cerro Llao Llao Hike Difficult?
The hike to Llao Llao Hill, for the most part, is easy and flat. Once you reach the signage that points you to the top, the incline begins but it isn’t for long.
Overall, this hike isn’t difficult, and many different fitness levels would be able to do this hike. It’s short enough that you can take as many breaks as you need.
Hiking Details for Cerro Llao Llao
- Distance: This hike is around 3.5 miles, an out-and-back hike.
- Duration: On average, it will take people 2 hours to go up and a little bit longer to go back down. This depends on how long you stay at the top.
- Difficulty: I’d rank this hike as moderate because of the increased elevation gain towards the end of the hike.
- Incline: The elevation for this hike is around 895 feet or 273 meters.
- Hiking Guide: A guide is not needed for this hike and is easily accessible by the public
If you’re interested in the longer form of this hike, you can check it out on Alltrails.
Best Places to Stay in Bariloche
- Portales de la Patagonia Apartments: Looking for a place that feels like home? This apartment complex has everything you need to make your trip to Bariloche great.
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- Cinerama Hostel: If you need a cheap but nice hostel in Bariloche, I highly recommend Cinerama. It’s right in the city center and comes with free breakfast!
My Experience Hiking Cerro Llao Llao
This was a hike, and I was truly excited. I heard that the views here are some of the best in all of Bariloche. They didn’t disappoint.
It was a pretty clear day for us when we went, and there were multiple spots during the incline up to stop and take in the views. It’s truly stunning.
Bussing to Puerto Panuelo
We knew where the trailhead was but were unsure how far the bus went. Google Maps does a really good job showing the bus stops and also the bus schedule.
We rode the bus for around 45 minutes and got off near Puerto Pañuelo. A bunch of people got off with us who looked like they were going hiking, too, so that was a good sign.
Sendero Villa Tacul
Keep walking along this road until the Villa Tacul trail comes up on your right. There’s more parking at the Arrayanes trailhead if you can’t find any along the side of the road.
Look for the signs in the photo below. They will talk about both the Llao Llao trail and the Villa Tacul trail.
This trail is flat, and we ended up going pretty fast at this part. We didn’t take a break until we saw the signage pointing us towards the Cerro Llao Llao.
Hike Up to Mirador Llao Llao
This next part was steep, I’m not going to lie but it wasn’t anything crazy. The trail is very easy to follow, and there were multiple spots where you could walk off the trail, sit down, and enjoy the views.
You can take your time here; this section isn’t too long until you reach the top.
If you come on a crowded day, I’d suggest spending a lot of time at the other viewpoints throughout. It wasn’t crowded for us when we visited in December.
Final Thoughts About Hiking to Cerro Llao Llao
This is one of many great hikes in Bariloche! I particularly loved this one because while it wasn’t crazy crowded for us, it should’ve been because the views were breathtaking. It still is a good workout but isn’t so hard that you should think you can’t do it.
I suggest packing a lunch, maybe some drinks and enjoying the views!