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The Lake District

Why visit the Lake District?

This is a scenic region of not only glacier-fed lakes but forests and mountains. It is the perfect setting for a wide range of outdoor pursuits such as walking, skiing, climbing, kayaking, golf and fly fishing. The city of Bariloche (San Carlos de Bariloche to give it its full name) is the largest in the region and has an airport making it the main gateway to the Lake District. It is located beside Lago Nahuel Huapi within Nahuel Huapi National Park and makes a good base from which to explore the area. There are smaller towns, too, like San Martin de los Andes near Parque Nacional Lanin, and attractive Villa La Angostura on the northwest shore Lago Nahuel Huapi. The indigenous Mapuche people’s culture is still very much in evidence in this region through healing ceremonies, the use of herbal medicines and textile weaving. There are some lovely hotels in this part of Argentina where you can relax and enjoy the fine hospitality. Reasons to visit the lake district include:

  • Go trekking in Nahuel Huapi National Park, South America’s oldest national park. 
  • Take a private boat trip to Victoria Island and Peninsula Querrihue to see the Arrayanes Forest.
  • Tour the Chocolate Museum and admire the Alpine-style architecture in Bariloche.
  • Enjoy a round of golf on a lakeside course.
  • Walk to the top of Cerrito Llao Llao for views of the Chilean Andes.
  • Enjoy downtime at a lakeside beach.Stay at a traditional estancia near San Martin de los Andes.
  • Kayak in the blue waters of Lago Lacar.
  • See monkey-puzzle trees and tall Araucarias, the Mapuches’ sacred tree, in Lanin National Park.
  • See the impressive Cachin Waterfall.
  • Drive the scenic Route of the Seven Lakes between Villa La Angostura and San Martin de los Andes.

When to visit

The Lake District can be visited year-round, so determining the best time for you will depend primarily on the activities you want to pursue. Spring, summer and autumn are good months for most outdoor activities while the winter is prime skiing season. Spring (September to November) brings a colourful display of wildflowers. The summer months of November to January are the sunniest and warmest times. February to April is a good time for trekking with cooler temperatures and the attractive autumn colours.

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Time: GMT – 3 hours

Flight time:

Flight time approximately 14 hours from London to Buenos Aires on a direct flight, and around 16 hours via Europe.

Language: Spanish is the official language, with English, French and Italian also widely spoken


Visas – not required for British nationals for stays of up to 90 days


No vaccinations are compulsory but due to a yellow fever outbreak in Brazil in 2017 country certificate requirements may change at short notice   



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