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Bariloche & Lake District

Sparkling Lakes, Andean Peakes and a Monster

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.
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Accommodation:
Estancia Huechahue
Estancia “way-cha-way” is a working cattle ranch in Argentinian Patagonia. Set on 15,000 acres of steppeland, the ranch has been owned by the Wood family for four generations. The Woods still are passionate riders, and they offer guests a warm welcome in their rugged, beautiful home.
Accommodation:
Hotel El Casco
On the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi is Hotel El Casco, an art hotel showcasing more than 400 artistic masterpieces by Argentinian artists. Every room is dedicated to a different artist, so it’s as much a gallery as it is a memorable place to stay.
Accommodation:
Llao Llao
Llao Llao is the most impressive spa and golf resort in Patagonia. Perched on the natural highpoint within a 15-hectare park, which includes an 18-hole golf course, the views are of lakes and the peaks of the Cerro Lopez and Tronador Mountains.