Bariloche and Lake District
Brimming with a spectacular array of majestic lakes, snow-dusted peaks, wild meadows and verdant forests, Argentina’s Lake District is unbelievably beautiful. The region is a highlight of the country and a mecca for outdoor adventures.
At the heart of Argentina’s Lake District, is the busy mountain town of Bariloche. Likened to Switzerland for its Alpine essence and awe-inspiring scenery, Bariloche sits on the shores of beautiful Nahuel Huapi Lake and is surrounded by soaring peaks which reach over 2000m high. It boasts the most magnificent setting and serves as an excellent base to enjoy a plethora of adventure activities. Lined with quaint cafés, great restaurants, Bariloche is also packed with chocolate stores showcasing handmade chocolate in every shape, size and form. It is the chocolate capital of Argentina and a total paradise for those with a sweet-tooth.
In the summer months, white-water rafting along rushing rapids of Rio Mansa, horse-riding through the Andes and hiking through the ancient emerald forests of Nahuel Huapi National Park, are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed here. Climbing to the top of Mount Bella Vista rewards you with blissful panoramas, marvelling at the crackling glaciers and cascading waterfalls in Tronador Valley allows you to discover some of the most pristine landscapes and soaking in the thermal springs offer rejuvenation after a day’s exploring. In the winter months Bariloche turns into a winter wonderland and magnet for skiers and snowboarders. With limitless opportunity to explore and activities offered year round, it is a destination for everyone.
Not far from Bariloche are the surrounding charming towns of Villa la Angostura and San Martin de los Andes. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, waterfalls and mountains, both offer a wide range of activities to enjoy. Salmon fishing, trekking and mountaineering are just a few activities on offer. Connecting these towns together is the renowned Road of Seven Lakes, famed for its pristine beauty the route passes through two national parks Lanin National Park and Nahuel Huapi National Park and along seven varying and beautiful lakes. Exploring this road is one of the best ways to discover the Lake District’s natural wonders and enjoy majestic views, crystal clear lakes and endless enchanting forest.
With an extensive and good road network, exploration of the Lake District is stress-free and one of the best ways to get under its skin is on a self-drive. Speckled with an array of charming and authentic boutique hotels and luxury-lakeside lodges, the Lake District is the perfect holiday destination. When you have traversed the length of Argentina’s Lake District, crossings into Chile’s Lake District by land or lake is the perfect way to combine the two countries and discover some of the most stunning scenery in the region.