Patagonia Lake District
Those that journey into Argentina’s Lake District are forever moved by its abounding natural beauty. It is a place of wilderness, where rivers course through emerald green forests, and lakes shimmer like jewels amidst the mountains. The great Andean condor soars past snow-capped volcanoes, and turquoise glaciers glow in the brilliant sun.
Bariloche is the jumping off point to the Lake District’s Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is a pretty city which is easily accessed by lake from Chile, by flight from Buenos Aires, or overland. Both summer and winter bring with them a flurry of activities in the national park, making this a year round destination. In the warm summer months visitors can raft the great rivers, hike, mountain bike, horse-back ride, go fly-fishing, or tackle one of the three world class golf courses. Oyikil Travel can organize everything from kayaking excursions, to days spent lounging on a private yacht on a lake, whilst a renowned chef prepares a typical Argentine dish to the tune of live violins playing in the background.
When winter descends, Bariloche bursts into life as the leading ski resort in South America. In the snowy wonderland of the Nahuel Huapi National Park it offers the perfect combination of impeccable facilities, luxury and some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the country.
If time permits, Los Alerces and Lanín national parks – located south and north of Nahuel Huapi respectively – both feature untouched nature and stunning views and make for a rewarding experience.