Whether you're looking to get close to nature or experience traditional Patagonian 'Gaucho' culture, El Bolsón is sure to please. This deep-cut Andean valley boasts a milder climate to the surrounding Patagonian Steppe, making it possible to grow fine fruits such as berries and hops, as well as a thriving local economy based on artisanal food and crafts. Further, one can enjoy the stunning scenery without the large herds of tourists found in more popular areas like Bariloche and El Chaltén. Read on to find out more about what El Bolsón has to offer, where, as the town motto goes, "The Magic is Natural."
Without a doubt El Bolsón´s hiking is its top attraction. There are ample trailheads easily accessible from town via local bus, taxi, hitchhiking, or a combination of the three. You can find half-day, full-day, and multi-day treks of varying difficulties, with a wide range of offerings from high peeks with 360 degree views such as Piltriquitron, to deep-cut canyons with rushing and vibrant rivers, like the walks along Rio Azul and to Refugio Motoco. We have plenty of information to help you plan your trip in town at the Earthship, as well as ample first-hand experience. If you plan on taking any multi-day trips into the mountains, you need not bring tents, as there are many mountain "refugios" with beds, warm fires, and friendly company. A sleeping bag will suffice, and it is advised to bring some food for at least snacks, as homemade food is available for purchase in the refugios. They are operated by families and friends of the original Patagonion settlers and are rustically charming and remote yet homely, and are, without a doubt, an unmissable Patagonian experience. Prices vary by season, and are usually the same as a standard hostel dorm bed.
A trip to El Bolsón is incomplete without a visit to the famous artisan market, or "Feria Artesanal". You can enjoy the Feria 4 times each week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. While Saturdays are certainly the busiest and most exciting, other market days are sure to please. It is a 5 minute walk from Earthship Patagonia, making it the perfect distance to stumble back to after enjoying craft beer from one of the many local brewers accompanied with my personal favorite, empanadas de roquefort. Be sure to stick around until the evening during summer months to see talented live musicians perform around the plaza.
It is easy to spot the everlasting Gaucho lifestyle around town. You are likely to see these traditional ranchers riding horses through the town's streets while sipping mate in southern cowboy clothing. They are surely friendly and, if you asked, would gladly let you pet the horses and offer you a mate. If you're extra lucky, you may get invited back to their homes for an "asado"!
Whether you decide to spend a few weeks or just a few days in El Bolsón, we know you will find some old Patagonian charm through its people and scenery. Either way, you can reserve your spot with us at Earthship Patagonia right here on our website, so that you can get the most out of your stay, while learning about sustainability and contributing to the preservation of the pristine Patagonia.