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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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Fitz Roy

Self-drive Argentina: Patagonia, lake district and Perito Moreno

Private journey

16 days from £3,080pp

Perito Moreno Glacier

Value Argentina: Explore Patagonia

Private journey

13 days from £1,925pp

Puerto

Tangara: Blue lakes and emerald coasts

Group tour

15 days from £2,880pp

Tango Show

Honeymoon in Argentina: Tango of the south

Private journey

16 days from £5,994pp

Things to do in Argentine lake district

Southern Lakes Crossing

Southern lakes crossing

Seven Lakes

Seven lakes self-drive


Brian Williams by The Old Patagonia Express train

Ride the Old Patagonian Express

Visit Mount Tronador

Visit Mount Tronador

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.
Konrad M

Konrad Mludzinski

Sun yourself on the little beach at lakeside San Martín de los Andes, the region’s prettiest and most fashionable town.

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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