jamie-barilocheJamie Schectman spent his whole adult life in Lake Tahoe, California but now enjoys living full time in the Lakes District of Argentina, just outside of Bariloche. He and his wife Shanie manage a wide range of private and fully-equipped properties and they offer personalized service to all guests. Check out our their Living In Patagonia blog for more information on the area and Bariloche Vacation Rentals for property rundowns. We caught up with him to get the scoop on renting a house in Argentine Patagonia.

For our readers who have never been there, what’s special about the Bariloche region of Argentina?
Bariloche offers and endless array of outdoor activities. In addition, the natural beauty and dining options are truly world-class. The Andes Mountains are usually topped by snow and they surround a long lake. A major ski resort, Catedral, is near Bariloche.

Why rent a house there instead of staying at a hotel?
All of our properties are located in the most beautiful parts of the area. The homes are all fully stocked, offer wireless internet and offer a nice, spacious, good-value alternative to a cramped hotel room. (Plus very few of the hotels have a view like the one below.)

bariloche sunrise

What are the differences between Bariloche town itself and the lakeside areas where most of the rental houses you represent are located?
People sometimes make the mistake of visiting Bariloche and staying in the city center. In reality, almost all of the sites and attractions, as well as the best restaurants, are located to the west of the city, towards Llao Llao and Ruta 77 (Circuito Chico). The area outside the city is far more attractive to the eye and is quieter.

How do the prices of rental homes in this area of Argentina compare to those in comparable areas of North America, such as Colorado, Montana, or British Colombia?

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