The Lake District is in the foothills of the Patagonian Andes, a ruggedly beautiful landscape the highest peaks of which are capped with snow year-round. Much of the region falls within the 2 million acre Nahuel Haupi National Park, the oldest protected reserve in Argentina.
The park encompasses three distinct ecosystems: the Andino-Patagónico (the hills and mountains), the Patagonian steppe, and a small amount of Valdivian Rainforest. The glaciers, snow melt, rivers, and streams ensure it’s a lush habitat where trees and other flora flourish. Hiking or driving through Nahuel Haupi you’ll spot Southern Andean deer, pudu, guanaco (a kind of llama), and, if you’re quick sighted, possibly cougar, too.
Nahuel Haupi is a superb destination for birding, especially for semi aquatic birds such as geese, swan, cormorant, and duck. You’ll likely see Magellanic woodpecker hammering away in the trees, and occasional flashes of the green austral parakeet. Majestic Andean condor soar above it all.
Bariloche is the city within the park, on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake. In the winter months it’s a centre for skiing; in summer it’s a spectacular setting for golf, fishing and hiking. We can take you through the Andes to continue your holiday in Chile via the triple lake crossing. The area was settled by Jesuit missionaries in the early 1700s, though the earliest colonial buildings were destroyed by the indigenous Poya when the Jesuit superior refused to give them a cow.