Lake District, Argentina
Lake District in Argentina is a beautiful region of glacial lakes, green forests and wiped out volcanoes covered with snow. The Lake District is often compared with Switzerland for its clean fresh air and scenic beauty. Popular activities in the Lake District are skiing, fishing, trekking and also laze around in the cool, fresh landscape surrounded by huge forests, glacier-fed lakes and attractive little villages.
Cities of The Lake District
The two main centres of Lake District are San Martin de los Andes and Bariloche.
Bariloche, the biggest city in Patagonia is located in the Nahuel Huapi National Park by the banks of Nahuel Huapi Lake. With numerous summer and wintertime activities in the neighbouring countryside it has become the main hub among tourists. Enjoy here the Chairlift rides for the panoramic view of lakes and volcanoes stretched wide. Apart from all this Bariloche is Argentina’s Chocolate capital.
San Martín de los Andes is a located in the south-west of the province of Neuquén at the foot of Andes & on the shores of Lake Lacar. The city of San Martin de los Andes is famous for horse-riding; has several trails ranging from a day to a week or more for experienced riders. The Lanin National Park situated here houses varieties of trees such Fagaceae, Lenga and the Arucaria and many more that are found only in Argentina. Spring and summer is famous for bird watching and winter is ski season. The famous Chapelco ski center is nearby.
Among the lake side villages are El Bolson and Villa Traful. Lake Traful one of the places where salmon is most plenty and hence the most popular place among fishermen. For mountaineers, the ideal spot is Falkner Mountain. you’ll find Lake Blanco’s Cascade, the ponds called Las Mellizas (The Twins), Vigilante Mountain and Cataratas Stream’s Cascade other main attractions of Villa Traful,
El Bolsón at the foot of the Piltriquitron Mountain is a calm little village situated in between two mountain ranges. Most of the year it remains calm, but in summer gets busy with tourists. El Bolsón has been declared both an “ecological municipality “and a non-nuclear zone for past 3o years.
Chos Malal, a less visited place is an ideal base for exploring nearby lagoons, volcanoes and hot springs and for those travelling northwards on the RN 40 to Mendoza an good stopover. Chos Malal means “Yellow Coral”. In autumn the mountain ranges with its reddish brown colour and the trees turning yellow and ochre looks very similar to yellow coral.
Los Arrayanes National Park. Until 1971 the park was part of Nahuel Huapi National Park; it became independent because of the conservation of a wood called Arrayanes Wood that is unique in the world. A wooden path has been made for tourists to protect this fragile cinnamon colored tree. They have white flowers and cold when touched.
You can reach Los Arrayanes National Park by boat from different poins of Nahuel Huapi Lake or by land toVilla La Angostura, the town next to the park. From there is a 7 miles beautiful path leading to the park.