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Nature: The Lake District

An area of awesome beauty and scenic wonder

Bariloche and the Lake District
Bariloche and the Lake District

For those that are drawn by nature and a desire to be out of doors, then the region around Bariloche and the Nahuel Huapi National Park are right on the money. Certainly one of our most well liked areas in Argentina, this region is a cacophony of lakes, hills and forests. Punctuated with small and picturesque “Alpine” towns such as Villa la Angostura and San Martin de Los Andes, we would certainly recommend for anyone to stay for a few nights.

The main town of Bariloche sits right on the edge of the Nahuel Huapi Lake itself and, just 2 mins out of town, it is possible to see why this area of Argentina has become so popular. Originally the town was small and fairly insignificant, but it is well placed near the main ski slopes for the region and so has blossomed over the years.

The main areas of interest in the region are the peninsular that runs to the west of Bariloche and the entire section to the north of the town, running from Bariloche right up to San Martin de los Andes and northwards. This entire region consists of some 20 or so lakes and valleys and is predominantly protected land and ski areas which has meant that most of the natural forestation and natural beauty has been retained.

From our point of view, the best idea is to head out of Bariloche as soon as possible and use either Villa la Angostura or San Martin as a base to explore the region….of particular note is the Parque Nacional Lanin which has some stunning views and walking throughout.

Click here to view some video footage of the area.

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    The Lake District

    At a glance…The Lake district

  • Size: Approx 100,000 sq kms
  • Location: Mid-Western Argentina
  • Recommended time: 3 to 5 nights
  • Time to visit: Year round
  • Go here for: Outdoor activities, food & wine, skiing
  • Further reading...

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  • › San Martin del Los Andes
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