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Refugio (Italia) Laguna Negra

A beautiful forest walk with a steep zig zag trail leading out of the trees to the refugio and lake.


If arriving by bus you will be dropped off outside the local brewery 'Cerveceria Blest' the bus doesn't actually go into the center of Colonia Suiza. Walk back from where the bus just came and the start of the trail is about 200m on the left hand side. The first section of the trail climbs in the forest away from the valley floor along a gravel track. When the track ends take the smaller trail to the right (it's obvious) as it drops back down and joins the river. Continue along the trail as it follows the river for a couple of hours before arriving at a clearing in the forest. The trail starts to climb (look out for the waterfall on the right) crosses two small streams then starts a steeper ascent as it zig zags up to Refugio Laguna Negra.

Water: After the first 30 minutes the trail is within easy access to the Goye stream until the start of the zig-zags, so fill up before the final ascent to Refuge Laguna Negra.

Is the stream water safe to drink? As with any mountain region where lots of people trek, there will be pollution of water sources. The refuges provide safe drinking water; whilst out on the trails I would recommend treating water from streams found in the more popular areas and taking other water sources on a case by case basis depending on the stream source.

Camping / Mountain Huts

Free camping at Refugio (Italia) Laguna Negra. Refugio prices


As of April 2015 there is no direct service from the Bariloche center to Colonia Suiza. Take bus number 20 from the center and get off at the roundabout at KM18. From here take bus no.10 to Colonia Suiza. It leaves the roudabout at about 20 minutes past every hour. Return the same way. The bus stop for Colonia Suiza is outside of Cerveceria Berlina (Berlina Brewery), the bus doesn't actually go into the center of Colonia Suiza. NOTE: You will need a rechargable bus pass or prepaid bus ticket to take this service. Ask at the Tourist Info or Mountain Info centres for up to date bus prices, and where to purchase tickets.

If arriving by car, it is best to park in the main street (it's actually a gravel road) in Colonia Suiza. Look out for the no parking signs - I think you are only supposed to park on one side of the road.

Unfortunately security is becoming more of an issue each year. Never leave anything in view in your car not even a jacket on the back seat, and never leave your equipment or any valuables in the car if you can help it....this also includes downtown Bariloche where break-ins have even been taking place in the busy main street.

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Refugio Frey (brown trail 4) laguna negra

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