Getting to Cerro Bayo

Getting to Cerro Bayo

Chamonix Hosted & Guided Ski & Snowboard Tours

Where is Cerro Bayo?

Cerro Bayo is located only 9km/5.6 miles (15 minutes) from the town of La Angostura which is one hour north (70km/43 miles) of San Carlos de Bariloche, and 1.5 hours south of San Martin de los Andes. Cerro Bayo is located in the Neuquén Province of Argentine Patagonia.

Getting to Villa la Angostura

The Bariloche airport is commonly used as the gateway for Villa La Angostura. Flights from Buenos Aires to Bariloche take a couple of hours. From the airport either rent a car or take a bus to Villa Angostura. See the Villa la Angostura travel page for more information on getting to Villa la Angostura.

Getting from Villa la Angostura to Cerro Bayo

There are occasional buses between downtown Villa la Angostura and Cerro Bayo that run during the peak holiday period. And even if you can figure out a bus timetable, chances are that you’re not staying in downtown La Angostura anyhow.

If you don’t have a rental car, your best bet is to catch a taxi or remise between your Villa la Angostura hotel and the Cerro Bayo Ski Resort. Particularly if you’re staying at the south end of tour, the cost of the taxis will be less than car rental.

Driving to Cerro Bayo
Having a car will give you more flexibility to get to and from the ski resort and to travel around town to restaurants and activities.

Driving from Villa la Angostura to Cerro Bayo is pretty easy. The turn off to Mount Bayo is located only 3km (1.9 miles) out of the town centre (on the Bariloche side) and the access road is only 6km long because the base of the ski resort is only 260 metres higher than Villa la Angostura. The road is unpaved and has lots of pot holes but it’s not very steep and it doesn’t have any scary drop-offs. Take care though because the views from the road are beautiful and it’s easy to get distracted! It’s best to stop at one of the various miradors to take in the views.

Snow chains would probably never be required because of the width and pitch of the road. This is sort of lucky considering that there’s nowhere to rent them! The mostly unpaved car park may be a different matter if they haven’t cleared it.

A small fee is charged for parking which is donated to a charity.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby

Cerro Catedral is located near Bariloche and 103km/64miles from Cerro Bayo (about 1:25 hours). Cerro Catedral has huge terrain and well developed infrastructure. It’s also crazy busy so freshies won’t be as readily available as they are at Cerro Bayo.

Cerro Chapelco is also close to Cerro Bayo, and is located near the town of San Martin de los Andes. Cerro Chapelco is also much busier than Cerro Bayo. It provides better terrain for beginners and intermediates, but advanced to expert riders might find Chapelco a bit lame in comparison to Cerro Bayo. It takes only 1.5 to 2 hours to get to San Martin if you head along Ruta de los Siete Lagos (7 Lakes Route) and depending on road conditions. See the Villa la Angostura travel page for more information on getting between Villa la Angostura and San Martin de los Andes.