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:
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.
A working cattle ranch offering horse riding and a range of other outdoor pursuits and a chance to experience life on a tradiitonal Patagonian estancia.
Treat yourself to some luxury at this Relais & Chateaux property in one of the Lake District's prettiest towns, mixing activity and relaxation.
Enjoy a wide range of activities from golf to trekking, watersports to tango, while staying at this superbly equipped resort overlooking Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes.
Time: GMT – 3 hours
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