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The Lake District

Stretching some 400km along the spine of the mountains from San Martin de los Andes though Bariloche and on to Esquel, the Lake District is one of the most captivatingly beautiful areas of Argentina. To the north, monkey puzzle trees (the famous Araucaria araucana) straddle the flanks of the snow-capped Lanin Volcano amidst a chain of picturesque lakes and densely forested lagoons. Further south, following the shadow the towering Andes, the national parks abound with 3000 year old Alerce trees as the scenery becomes ever more rugged. 

Cherished by the locals, the Lake District is a mecca for outdoor activities and visitors come from far and wide to raft, bike and hike in the national parks. Rivers teem with trout and salmon while the rolling foothills of the Andes offer some of the finest riding in all of South America. Traditional estancias offer an authentic experience of gaucho life while others have opened their doors to fly-fishing.   

Regular flights link Buenos Aires and the outside world with the pretty town of Bariloche, at the heart of the Lake District, an excellent starting point with good facilities. There are also sporadic connections with both Esquel and San Martin de los Andes. 

The Chilean border is never far away, a fact best highlighted by the classic “Cruce Andino” Lake Crossing, a spectacular series of bus and boat trips that cuts through the very heart of the Andes to link the two countries.

The Lake District Hotels

$$$ Hosteria Escondida The Lake District

On the banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi, deep in the forest, the Hosteria La Escondida is a charming, boutique hotel and country lodge in the neighbouring village of Villa Angostura, around 1½ hours’ drive...

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$$$$ Estancia Huechahue The Lake District


Nestled amongst the rolling foothills of the Andes, east of San Martin, Estancia Huechahue is a unique 15,000-acre cattle ranch towards the northern edge of Argentina’s Lake District. Owned and...

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$$$$ Aldebaran The Lake District

Character Boutique

Style and luxury at the heart of the picturesque Lake District, the Aldebaran is an enchanting boutique hotel some 23km from Bariloche that commands breathtaking views across Lake Nahuel Huapi....

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$$$$$ Las Balsas The Lake District

The height of refined elegance, Las Balsas is a beautiful, boutique hotel perched right on lake Nahuel Huapi in the small village of Villa Angostura, around 1½ hours’ drive from Bariloche.  The hotel...

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$$$$$ El Casco Art Hotel The Lake District


Fine art combines with spectacular lakeside views at the elegant El Casco, one of the Lake District’s most sophisticated hotels just 11km outside the regional centre Bariloche.  Nestled in forest...

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$$$$$ Estancia Peuma Hue The Lake District

Deep in the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park some 25 minutes’ drive from Bariloche, Estancia Peuma Hue is a glorious, lakeside retreat perched on the shores of Lago Gutierrez. Set amidst 500...

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$$$ Posada los Juncos The Lake District

Perched above Lake Nahuel Huapi some 20km from Bariloche, the Posada Los Juncos is a charming, family-run guesthouse, full of regional colour. Nestled in pretty gardens, awash with lupins and...

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$$$$ Los Huemules Mountain Reserve The Lake District

Nestled amidst 6000 hectares of wild Patagonian landscapes in the foothills of the Andes, Los Huemules Mountain Reserve is a unique, all-inclusive tented camp accessed along a 20km track from the...

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$$$ Design Suites The Lake District

Innovation meets tradition at the Design Suites Bariloche, a modern, contemporary hotel perched on a hill on the edge of town with wonderful views across Lake Nahuel Huapi. The Design Suites provides...

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