Bariloche – Lago Mascardi – Pampa Linda
The ripio section of this route is a nice cycle through Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. In high season you’ll have to share the road with lots of tourist traffic from Bariloche heading to see the glaciers on Monte Tronador. From Pampa Linda there are a number of nice day walks as well as some longer hikes in the national park.
Make sure you time your cycle well – as the road is narrow on the way to Pampa Linda there are traffic restrictions meaning the road is only open to vehicles going TO Pampa Linda in the mornings and open to vehicles going FROM Pampa Linda in the afternoons. Ask quardaparques for the exact timetable, but if you don’t leave Pampa Linda in the early morning, you’ll be stuck there until 16:00 if the police guys at the barrier won’t let you pass.
There are campsites (agreste and organizado) at Pampa Linda and also a refugio with a restaurant and small shop selling basic supplies. It’s better/cheaper to bring food with you though.
|Distance – 76kms||Leave Bariloche (800m) on RN40 and head south past Lago Guttierez. After 37kms, at the SE end of Lago Mascardi (860m), turn R (west) onto unpaved RP81. From here it is 39kms on a good ripio surface to Pampa Linda (820m). Soon after the ripio begins you have to pay an entrance fee for Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.|
|Time taken – 1 day||2 hours: Bariloche to RP81 turn-off.
3 hours: RP81 turn-off to Pampa Linda.
|Traffic||RN40 is reasonably busy, and there is plenty of tourist traffic traffic from RN40 to Pampa Linda.|
|When we cycled||Early January 2010.|
|How much we had to push on this route||Not at all|
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