From Bariloche’s Barrio Belgrano, Avenida de los Pioneros intersects a gravel road that climbs gently and then steeply west to Cerro Otto’s 1,405-meter summit. While it’s a feasible eight-kilometer hike or mountain-bike ride, it’s easier via the gondolas of Teleférico Cerro Otto (Avenida de los Pioneros Km 5, tel. 02944/44-1035, www.telefericobariloche.com.ar, 10.a.m.–6 p.m. daily, US$15 pp, US$6 children ages 6–12); city buses Nos. 50 and 51 go directly to the base station.
On the summit road, at 1,240 meters, the Club Andino’s Refugio Berghof has 40 bunks, and serves meals and drinks. Its Museo de Montaña Otto Meiling, with cheap guided tours, honors an early mountaineer who built his residence here.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition