Already a very popular destination with European and South American LGBT tourists, with each new season San Carlos De Bariloche is gaining in global popularity and recognition for being gay-friendly. Almost 3000 feet above sea level in Argentina’s snow-capped Andes Mountains with pristine blue-water lakes this region is remarkably eco-friendly and unscathed by man’s obsessive interference with the environment. Known as the Argentine Lake District and the Gateway to Patagonia this year-round outdoor adventure haven is the latest addition to the list of new, favorite gay travel destinations in South America. One visit to this spectacular region and the reasons for this acclamation are easily understandable.

Bearing in mind the southern hemisphere’s reversal of seasons, skiing and winter sports are available in July, August, and September. Some would say that this is the busiest tourist season in Bariloche. But the region’s year-round mild climate offers on-going activities including, hiking mountain trails, sailing, boat tours, kayaking, bird-watching, canopy tours, fly-fishing, river rafting, horseback rides, star-gazing, camping, and much more. Its nightlife includes renowned discos and raucous pubs which have led many visitors to wake up on a lakeside beach observing the sun as it ascends the mountain peaks casting its rays upon this quaint Andean city. Bariloche’s alluring mystique has resulted in many repeat visits.

Perhaps the hidden treasure of this region is its affordable pricing during the travel budget constraints of recent times. Many smart gay travelers have already discovered the great South American holiday bargains currently available and Argentina is top of the list for lower-cost vacations. Bariloche offers a skiing experience equal to North America’s Rocky Mountain slopes and the Austrian or Swiss Alps for scenery and downhill challenges, but at a considerably more reasonable price. The journey may be slightly longer but the ultimate rewards are immeasurable whether in costs or memories.

When it comes to LGBT travel to this region Bariloche Gay Travel is the first and only gay-owned and operated travel company located in the region. Specializing in working with gay visitors they ensure a positive, gay-friendly experience during any stay in this mountain paradise. Owner Christian Signorelli has lived most of his life in Bariloche and is dedicated to welcoming LGBT tourists to the region and ensuring that their visit is memorable and hassle-free. He has developed a list of gay-friendly accommodations—from hostels to luxury boutique hotels— restaurants, bars, and attractions to ensure that all gay travelers can enjoy a wide range of year-round choices during their visit.

The town site of Bariloche is situated on the banks of the expansive Lake Nahuel Huapi with beautiful clear, blue water and numerous beaches. Unique to Argentina the local architecture of half-rounded logs and field-stone is reminiscent of European Alpine villages and has earned the town the nickname of “Little Switzerland”. The entire region is nestled in majestic mountains with large and small lakes of pristine waters ranging from royal blue to emerald green and every shade of color in between. Climbing any mountain or riding one of the several chair lifts is rewarded with spectacular vistas and around every turn in the road is a new, breathtaking view.

Just a short 18 kilometer drive from the heart of Bariloche is Cathedral Mountain ski resort and apres-ski village. It is the largest of its kind in the Southern hemisphere offering a wide variety of slopes for winter downhill skiing and hiking trails for the warmer months. The restaurants, hotels, and boutiques create the perfect village for those who prefer to stay at the base of the mountain. This is also the location of the Bariloche Gay Ski week held each year in September.

Numerous scenic tours are available and Bariloche Gay Travel can help organize any itinerary or plan customized personal tours. The Cau Cau Catamaran tour with Espacio S.A. to Victoria Island and the Arrayanes Woods is a must and can be either a half or full day adventure into nature. In the heart of the Arrayanes trees is the Walt Disney Cabin where rumor has it Disney was inspired to create the setting and scenery for his Bambi screen classic. The Seven Lakes tour is a day trip through magnificent forests, large valleys, and includes waterfront vistas of the Nahuel Huapi, Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner, and Machonico Lakes, plus stops in the quaint towns of Villa La Angostura and San Martin De Los Andes. A short two-hour journey heading south to El Bolson is rewarded with the small historic town markets and boutiques plus more unforgettable lakes and views along the route. Tours range from just a few hours to full day events ensuring that every day in the Lake District can offer new adventures with nature. The local experts at Bariloche Gay Travel are extremely knowledgeable of this entire region and will ensure that a gay-friendly welcome awaits every LGBT tourist.

If you’re a fan of the outdoors, whether it be camping, hiking, backpacking or even vacationing on mountain cabins, you know that you need to set aside a certain budget to be able to maximize your trip. You’ll need money for gas, food, gear, supplies and other essentials and most of the time these all add up to a big amount.

If you’re on a tight budget, consider these money-saving tips when travelling outdoors:

Be frugal when buying gear and supplies

If you’re planning to purchase/replace camping gear for your trip, be smart about your buying choices. You don’t need a huge and fancy tent that costs $500 if you’re camping alone, or a sleeping bag with all those features that you won’t even personally use. Get a good quality basic gear that is appropriate for the season and weather of your trip – this will give you what you need while saving money.

Choose a cheaper location

If you’re on a tight budget for your next camping adventure, don’t choose a campsite that charges fees that are out of your budget, especially if you’re staying for more than a few nights. Consider camping at a more remote location or at National Forests (which are usually free of charge unless otherwise noted), but these sites don’t usually offer plenty of amenities so you have to come prepared.

Consider camping close to home

If you’ve already set a budget for your campsite fee, consider choosing a good site that’s close to home. This will save you plenty of other expenses such as gas and food (the farther your campsite, the more stops for food you’re going to make).

Take public transportation

This is especially ideal for solo campers or even couples. Taking a bus or a train to your outdoor destination is an adventure in itself, and you get to save money on gas. You’ll be good and ready to enjoy the outdoors, too, as you’re not exhausted from driving. Just remember to pack light!

Split expenses with your friends

This is a great way to lower your expenses when travelling outdoors. From gas, food to campsite fees, split the expenses among you and your friends. The more there is in your group, the less you’re going to have to shell out.

Follow these money-saving tips for when you’re camping or travelling outdoors – you won’t have to spend a fortune to be able to relax!