WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THE LAKE DISTRICT - BARILOCHE
- The Argentine Lake District (or north Patagonia), offers spectacular scenery and is a mecca for outdoor pursuits
- Bariloche is famous for its alpine character and delicious chocolate and is the gateway to the Gran Catedral ski area
- Explore and discover glacial lakes, snow-capped extinct volcanoes
- Cross over and through the majestic Andes by vehicle and boat
- Perfect base for fantastic self-drive options combining wine, hiking, biking, fishing, horse riding, chocolate and thermal springs
OUR SPECIALISTS 'MUST DO'
Sample some of Bariloche's wonderful chocolate and then sample some more!
Take the Andean ferry crossing to Puerto Montt in Chile on the emerald waters of Lago Todos dos Santos often compared with areas in New Zealand. For the rider, the Lake District is a great area to explore on horseback, there are authentic estancias to ride between and you can participate in the local gaucho way of life! There are also a myriad of walking and trekking options, where you can escape amongst wild flowers, wild scenery and stunning views.
A little more about The Lake District - Bariloche
Early explorers described Patagonia as a barren land devoid of fresh water and trees, with only brackish ponds and dwarf plants. However, hidden in the heart of this inhospitable region is Bariloche, where you will find one of the world's most beautiful and spectacular landscapes. San Carlos de Bariloche is set next to the Lago Nahuel Huapi, with its own Loch Ness monster - Nahuelito, and is often compared to Switzerland due to the wooden chalets and alpine feel.
During the summer, trout, salmon and fly-fishing is a very popular sport in the Lake District. For hikers take a picnic out in ancient emerald forests in the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi with green austral parakeets and evergreen beeches, many of which are over 450 years old.
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 Lake District climate is varied with winter bringing cold days and abundant snowfall, ideal for skiing from June to October. Summer offers warm, sunny days ideal for exploring, where as the shoulder seasons Spring and Autumn can be mixed and generally bring rain and sun in equal amounts.