WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THE LAKE DISTRICT & BARILOCHE
- As well as exhibiting dazzling alpine landscapes, the Argentine Lake District (in the north of Argentinean Patagonia) is a mecca for exploratory outdoor pursuits
- The town of Bariloche, flanked by a glacial lake and the high Andes, produces Argentina's best chocolate
- Suitable for summer and winter travel, visitors can explore its glacial lakes by kayak or traverse snow-capped extinct volcanoes
- Bariloche is the gateway to the Gran Catedral, an area celebrated for off piste skiing and snowboarding opportunities
- A Patagonian playground, the region combines wine, chocolate, hiking, biking, horseback riding and thermal springs
OUR SPECIALISTS 'MUST DO'
When not sampling (and stockpiling) Bariloche's acclaimed chocolate, board an Andean ferry and sail across the emerald waters of Lago Todos dos Santos to the port city of Puerto Montt in Chile.
For an authentic undertaking, saddle up and navigate alpine trails on horseback, perhaps riding between traditional estancias and participating in the long-established gaucho way of life. There are countless trekking routes from Bariloche, enticing visitors to escape amongst wild flowers, absorb the wilderness air and bask in the dazzling views.
A little more about The Lake District & Bariloche
Remarkably, early explorers dismissed Patagonia as an intolerable land that was devoid of fresh water and trees, featuring only undesirable brackish ponds and dwarf plants. Evidently, they must have circumnavigated the Lake District.
Concealed within the nucleus of this inhospitable region of Argentina, Bariloche and the surrounding lakes compose a spectacular and bountiful scene. Often compared to Switzerland, Bariloche is dotted with wooden chalets and sits next to the Nahuel Huapi Lake, which is rumoured to be home to Nahuelito (the Argentinean version of the Loch Ness Monster).
What can you do in the Argentine Lake District & Bariloche?
During the summer months, from November to early March, trout and salmon fishing are popular exploits in the Lake District. Meanwhile, hikers voyage through the ancient emerald forests of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and settle down to tuck in to remote picnic lunches in the company of green austral parakeets and 450-year-old evergreen beeches.
Activities in Bariloche are endless ranging from soft adventure to adrenalin thrills, spending a day with Dr Lorenzo Sympson who looks after the Condor raising project, horse riding, kayaking, white-water rafting or just stopping at viewpoints en route on your self-drive.
WHEN TO GO
The climate of the Argentine Lake District varies throughout the year. During the winter months, from June to October, cold days and abundant snowfall are expected and create ideal skiing conditions.
During the summer months, from November to early March, warm and sunny days create ideal exploring temperatures, whereas the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn can be mixed and generally bring rain and sun in equal amounts.