About Zoe S
Lives in Vendee, France
Since Feb 2009
25-34 year old female
I'm a freelance travel writer and guidebook updater for the Rough Guides, who splits her time between London and rural France, but am happiest when I'm on the road. I've spent a lot of time traveling in Turkey - in particular, Goreme & Cappadocia, Istanbul and Antalya - while writing and updating for the Rough Guide to Turkey and the Rough Guide to Istanbul, as well as writing for Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman and blogging about Turkey for World Nomads. Another favourite spot is South America, where I lived and worked in Buenos Aires, traveled extensively through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, and volunteered in Lima, Peru and Quito, Ecuador. Traveling for me is about the journey- about venturing into the unknown, connecting with locals and experiencing everything a destination has to offer. I'm passionate about sustainable and eco-friendly travel, and am most inspired by natural landscapes, often choosing to explore on foot, by bike or on horseback.
Ski & Snowboard Areas
Observation Decks & Towers, Forests, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Other Outdoor Activities
Caverns & Caves
As Argentina's top ski resort, Cerro Catedral is the ultimate winter destination and there are 50 ski runs for all levels, plus ample cross-country trails and 38 ski lifts. Don't worry if you've never skied before – there's a ski school that offers beginner lessons, as well as a special Kids Club for over 3s – and there are plenty of other things to do too. Ride the cable car to the top of the mountain, try sledding or snow tubing or book a trilling snowmobiling excursion.
Bariloche is located at the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and there's a plethora of ways to soak up the scenery. Book a horse or pony ride through the valley, hire mountain bikes to pedal along the waterfront, take a family hike, or try kayaking or paddle boarding on the lakes.
Bariloche's central landmark is unmissable and while the kids might not be impressed by the historic architecture, they'll definitely want to cuddle up to the St Bernard puppies that roam the square.
The closest peak to Bariloche, Cerro Otto offers great views over the town and its lakes, but the biggest thrill is riding the cable car to the top.
Bariloche's many chocolate shops are sure to be hit with the whole family, but make it a learning experience with a trip to the Fenoglio Chocolate Museum, a fun way to discover the history of chocolate and chocolate production, as well as sample some delicious homemade chocolates.
Playa Bonita is the closest beach to Bariloche, set on the banks of Nahuel Huapi Lake and it's an ideal spot to cool off on a sunny summer day. As well as swimming, it's possible to practice a number of water sports, including kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding.
The closest you'll get to being Tarzan, Bariloche's Canopy is a thrilling way to take in the scenery of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, with a network of zip lines and treetop walk ways built around a natural forest.
A good spot for a family dinner, Chez Philippe is elegant enough to impress the adults in your party, yet cozy and relaxed enough for younger kids to feel included. Plus, there's a delicious range of desserts.
Both educational and entertaining, Parque Nahuelito is one of Bariloche's most unique sights and a must for young (and old) dinosaur fans. Around 30 life-sized dinosaur models are dotted around the park and while they're not the most realistic, they make an imposing sight and hunting them down amidst the trees is a fun activity for the whole family.
Get off the beaten track with a tour of these ancient lava caves, carved into the cliff side of Cerro Leones – kids will love scrambling through the underground tunnels and pretending to be Indiana Jones.