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Villa la Angostura

A quiet and picturesque town on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi

Located at the other end of the Nahuel Huapi to Bariloche, on the northwestern shores of the lake, Villa la Angostura is where it pays to be and be seen, and is where the wealthy of Argentina tend to summer or ski. At approximately a tenth the size of its famous neighbour, “Villa” is very much in the heart of the region and what we love about it most.

Set by the lake, the small centre of the town (rather than the shops and amenities that have sprung up around the main road) is a beautiful and picturesque natural harbour with small fishing boats and a wooden pier running out into the crystal waters. All along the shoreline from here are nestled private homes and exclusive hotels, such as Las Balsas, providing the perfect basing point from which to explore.

The main features of the area are, undoubtedly, the small skiing community that comes alive from June until September in Cero Bayo, and the nearby Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes. In summer, it is possible to walk, kayak, fly-fish, mountain bike and sail to name just a few.

The final point of note is that the town also marks the start of one of the most scenic driving roads in Argentina, the Seven Lakes road, that runs from here through a series of winding mountains and jaw-dropping lakes up to San Martin del los Andes.

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    Villa la Angostura

    At a glance...Buenos Aires

  • Population: 11,000+
  • Location: 60 kms north of Bariloche
  • Recommended time: 3 to 5 nights
  • Time to visit: Year round
  • Go here for: Walking, food & wine, skiing, fly fishing
  • Further reading...

  • › San Martin de los Andes
  • › Bariloche
  • › Nature and Wildlife in the Lake District
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