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Argentina: Argentine lake district

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It’s part of Patagonia, but with a touch of Switzerland or Scandinavia. Argentina shares a picture-book-perfect lake district with Chile on the other side of the Andes, linked by one of the continent’s most exquisite passes, the Lakes Crossing.  It’s a popular yet unspoilt region of sleeping snow-stifled volcanoes, dark sapphire lakes fringed by dense forests, small Alpine-style towns and scenic drives. Its multitude of national parks offer outdoor activities from hiking to fishing and cycling to horse riding. There’s a European-style cuisine of fondues, creamy cakes and cool blond Bavarian-inspired beers.

Our holidays to Argentine lake district

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Torres del Paine Chile

Self-drive Patagonia: The open road to Torres del Paine

Private journey

20 days from £5,192pp

Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

Private journey

17 days from £5,084pp

Tango Show

Honeymoon in Argentina: Tango of the south

Private journey

16 days from £7,023pp

Lago Grey

Luxury Chile and Argentina: Simply Patagonia

Private journey

13 days from £6,859pp

Things to do in Argentine lake district

Brian Williams by The Old Patagonia Express train

Ride the Old Patagonian Express

Seven Lakes

Seven lakes self-drive


Nahuel Huapi Lake

Day walks around Bariloche

Forests and Islands of the Southern Lake District

Forests and islands of the southern lake district

Our insider tips for Argentine lake district

David

David Nichols

Hike in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is beautiful at any time of the year but particularly so in autumn when the trees are ablaze with crimson foliage.

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Do one of the region's most scenic drives along the seven lakes route from Bariloche through Villa Angostura to San Martin de los Andes. Its a long day so set out early or, better still, split your stay in the lake district between these different towns. Doing so and having a A 4x4 will allow you to drive the empty dirt roads of remote Lanín National Park, stopping off to hike along marked forest trails.

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

Peruse the chocolate shops of Bavarian-style Bariloche, a busy base for winter skiing and summer treks and swims in the refreshing lakes that give the region its name.

What our experts say

The Argentinian lake district has this calming quality difficult to find on other places with its open skies, lakes and surrounding mountains, but within this, there are few sights more rewarding than that of the elusive Lanin Volcano. Usually surrounded by clouds, this is a beautiful snow-covered cone looking down on the National Park of the same name. It comes as a surprise, really – you don’t expect it and then, suddenly, there is it, a perfect cone appearing in all its beauty, almost regally. You need to have your camera ready as the clearing usually doesn’t last long, but if you manage to get that shot, consider yourself lucky. This is one my favourites images! l

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

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