Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
Nahuel Huapi is a region in Argentina’s Patagonia covered by glaciers, lakes, mountains, interconnecting rivers and islands. Nahuel Huapi National Park is the protected region that includes the Nahuel Huapi Lake and surrounding forest region that has developed a reputation among getaway travellers.
If you are planning a vacation to Argentina, Nahuel Huapi should be in your bucket list. Travel to San Carlos de Bariloche the nearest city, which is located on the southern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Once famous only for their chocolates, now the city is more popular as a Honeymoon getaway. The Nahuel Huapi region has many lakes and for that reason is also called the “Lake District of Argentina”.
Activities in Nahuel Huapi
Though Nahuel Huapi means “Jaguar Island” you wont find any here. Common sightings include otters in and around the lake, cougar, deer, fox and birds. Lake Nahuel Huapi is open to swimming, sport-fishing, yachting and kayaking. Adventure sports include trekking and mountain climbing on the slopes of Andes. In winter the mountain ranges of Andes are setup for skiing. Tronador is an extinct volcano near Bariloche, but takes a steep treacherous hike to get to it. For active sight seekers the Bariloche Cathedral by the lake is worth a visit.
Local Myth: Local myth says a giant lake monster lives in the lake. There are many unofficial reports of locals and tourists seeing this creature of size ranging from a few meters to over 100 meters.
As for your stay we suggest Llao Llao Hotel or Villa La Angostura both lakeside resorts with a view of the ice capped mountain range.
Getting to Nahuel Huapi
San Carlos de Bariloche is your final destination. Fortunately the city is well connected to all major cities in Argentina. We recommend taking a flight rather than the long journey by rail or car.