El Bolsón

At the foothills of the Piltriquitrón Mountain, this is one of the leading tourist destinations in the Patagonia Argentina. Surrounded by the stunning Andes, lakes and forests, in this “ecological city” people are very committed to preserve the environment. Always vibrating with positive energy, El Bolsón is popular among people with a Hippie lifestyle. In this laid-back atmosphere, you can practice sports, such as hiking and trekking, visit museums and enjoy the wide nightlife. Close to Río Azul, the Circular Plaza holds the market where you can buy fresh fruits, beer or handicrafts. Around this inspiring city, wood cabins and charming sculptures makes you feel part of a tale!

 

The best of the city

 

Peaceful days, enjoyable nights and a wide range of activities make this city a perfect destination for any tourist!

 

Outdoor activities: Rafting, climbing, trekking are some of the activities you can practice in this spectacular scenario. Near the lakes, you can enjoy the views practicing horse riding or mountain bike. Hiking is the IDEAL activity the whole year round: there are more than thirty refugees set to host the visitors. 

Craft market: The visit to Plaza Pagano is an absolutely MUST DO! There you can find products crafts from wood, metal, leather and wool. Local producers also sell their chesses, beers and jams (try local fruits: sauco, calafate or mosqueta). At the Plaza, you can also enjoy live music or shows from residents.

 

Eating: Visitors can drink raspberry, cherry or chocolate beer at the famous “Cerveceria El Bolsón”. “Jauja” is another icon of the city: handmade ice-creams flavors (we recommend “dulce de leche Jauja”). Chocolates, cheeses and cold cuts are easy to find delicacies in this city.

 

Lodging: There are a great number of hostels where you can share rooms, save money and experiment a cultural exchange! Cabins are an excellent choice but recommended for people that do not travel alone. El Bolsón also has five-star hotels and spas: prices are not cheap, but they are worth it!

Climate

 

The city has a Mediterranean climate: windy summers and rainy winters. In summer, there are warm temperatures during the day averaging 24° Celsius. During the winter, temperature averages -10° Celsius. Due to its location in a valley, winds speeds are lower than other Patagonian cities.

 

How to get to the city

 

By plane, the nearest airports are in the cities of Bariloche or Esquel. It is easy to get by bus and you can enjoy the views during the trip (especially in autumn where the foliage offers a beautiful mix of colors). Once a week, the train from Bariloche to Viedma reaches you in the city. You can also get by car (even from Chile) but there are many roads there are still being paved. 

Reasons to visit El Bolsón:

 

Views: beautiful lakes, towering mountains and abundant vegetation create a natural scenario perfect for RELAX and ADVENTURE.

 

Food: you will love thetypical flavors made for local people. It does not matter if you prefer sweet or salad food... El Bolsón has something special for every visitor.

 

Lodging: choose among lots of options, from shared rooms in a hostel to exclusive five-star hotels.

TESTIMONIALS

The main things that drew me to the program were the fact that our teaching placements would be organised for us in local schools, that we’d have an orientation week in Buenos Aires with intensive Spanish lessons and that once in Mar del Plata we would get to live with local Argentinian host families. Other programs appeared far less organised, offered far less and were often much more expensive...'' Teaching English. Ceri Wills, UK

 

''The teaching experience has improved my confidence in my presentation skills and has been a useful first insight into the teaching career, which I may choose to take up in the future. However, I have also had insights into the daily family and working life in Argentina through this program which does differ from England significantly in its routine and approach, and I think by experiencing this I have developed new values which has opened my mind to new ideas about my future plans.'' Teaching English. Ben Tollington, UK

 

''I have been doing an internship in a Travel Agency and I have an unforgettable experience! My advice to have a wonderful and enriching experience is: Just try to mingle up with the locals, don’t stay in your comfort zone, don’t call home every single day, don’t judge, don’t compare things with your country and do not criticize. Accept things as they are, or join associations, NGO’s or create a group to make the things change.'' Internship. Magdalena Michalack, Poland

 

''An international experience is very rewarding, as one discovers a new culture, another way of life, new habits. Every day is a discovery. We learn a lot about others, and in particular about ourselves. Connecting Worlds has been the way for me to achieve all this and reach Argentina, and without its help, I couldn't organize my exchange. In particular, Connecting Worlds is the best way to obtain a complete coordination with all included, good advices and good prices. Nowadays I am very happy to have chosen Connecting Worlds and very thankful!'' Internship. Soukaina L, France