(Photo: Looking down to Refugio Jakob)
This website has been going since 2006, but as I no longer live in Bariloche I find it more and more difficult to keep it updated.
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Access: zona Casa de Piedra: 5 - 7 hour trek in
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The easiest and most straight forward way to access Refugio Jakob.
|Duration:||5 - 7 hours one way|
|Distance:||18 km's one way|
|Difficulty:||Easy but long|
|Park Entrance $:||None|
|Notes:||Long walk in|
If arriving at 'Tambo' by taxi it will probably drop you off at the gate on the dirt track. Continue up this track for about 100m to large clearing/car parking area, this is the start of the trail. Continue along the trail, after a few hundred meter there is a signpost (pointing to Cerro Bella Vista to the right); continue round to the left. The trail ascends for about 1km before dropping down to continue alongside the river. After a couple of hours cross the bridge over the river and the trail heads into thicker vegetation and away from the river. After another couple of hours the trail start to ascent the hill, slowly at first before zig-zagging up the steeper section and arriving at a new wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and climb over the rocks, the trail continues for about another 1km before arriving at Refugio Jakob.
The trail crosses or goes close to the Casa de Piedra stream on numerous occasions.
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. Recommended water filter: Sawyer Mini Filter (really small, practical & affordable!)
The best option that I personally use is to take the local bus no. 20 to KM 12,5 on Avenida Bustillio then take a remis to the trail head. 'Remises Bustillo' (0294) 4463003. A Remis is just like a taxi, but it has to be reserved by phone or at their office.
If finishing your trek at 'Tambo' it's about 6kms along a gravel road to the nearest bus! If you have a cell phone you can call 'Remises Bustillo' (see above). SECURITY NOTE: There have been a number of robberies over the last few years of people walking along this gravel road from the trail head back to the main road.
If arriving by car you can park in grassy clearing at the trail head. Sometimes a small fee is charged.