The Argentine Lake District centers around Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi (nah-whell-wah-pee), Argentina’s first national park.

The park encircles the seven arms of Lake Nahuel Huapi, a deep-blue glacial lake surrounded by rugged mountains and ancient forests.

Near the center of the lake, Victoria Island is crowned by transplanted redwoods.

Two charter sail boats in La Angostura, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche, the area’s largest city, rests on the lake’s southern shore. Bariloche began as an outpost for German settlers.

It later attracted Swiss, Austrian, Italian, and Chilean immigrants.

Today, its main draws include the lake and mountains, the Cerro Catedral ski resorts, and the string of chocolate shops surrounding Calle Mitre.

Snow-covered Cerro Tronador volcano on the Argentina Chile border

The area’s best hotels and lodges are found outside the city center.

Guests typically stay three or four nights, enjoying hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, horseback riding, and fly-fishing.

Villa la Angostura

About an hour’s drive northwest of Bariloche, the town of Villa la Angostura occupies a narrow peninsula in Lake Nahuel Huapi.

The quiet town and surrounding lakeshore are the setting for fine restaurants, boutique hotels, and luxury lodges.

A fly fishermans spinner - Focus on spinner and line in gloved hand with picturesque lake in background

Visitors to Villa la Angostura can enjoy:

  • Solitude
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding

South of town, on the Querihué Peninsula, Los Arrayanes National Park protects a red myrtle forest with specimens over 600 years old.

Summer high season runs from November to March, with highs near 70° and lows around 40°.

Small white fishing boat in lake near Bariloche, Argentina, Patagonia

Bariloche Fishing and Ski Season

Fishing season extends from November through April. June to August is ski season.

The main airport, located just outside Bariloche, receives multiple two-hour flights from Buenos Aires each day.

During high season, direct flights are also available from Iguazu, El Calafate, Mendoza, and Salta.

The Argentine Lake District can also be reached via the Cruce Andino, a scenic lake and land crossing in the Andes, ending in Puerto Varas, Chile.

View of the snow-capped mountains acrross the Lake from the Llao Llao hotel in Argentine Patagonia

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