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Argentina’s Lake District is a beautiful area of glacial lakes, emerald forests and extinct snow-capped volcanoes.

Often compared to the picture-perfect scenery of Switzerland because of its clean, crisp air, abundance of flowers and glittering waters, this region nonetheless has a very distinct flavour that is all its own.

Exploring the Lake District

Bariloche, ArgentinaThe two main centres are San Martin de los Andes in the north and Bariloche in the south.

Either is an ideal base from which to explore the abundance of pristine national parks throughout this area, although Bariloche, with its Alpine feel, is the better known town with a wider range of accommodation options.

Here we can organise for you to take a chairlift ride to soak up panoramic views of lakes and volcanoes stretching as far as the eye can see, we can take you hiking and picnicking through woodland trails, arrange a few days' car hire to explore at your own pace, or simply leave you to relax.

In the Austral winter the town becomes a popular ski resort.

Around the Lake District

Another breathtakingly scenic route across the Chilean border starts in Bariloche, from where the Lake Crossing takes you by road and a succession of lake ferries to the town of Puerto Varas.

The area around the town of San Martin de los Andes is great horse riding country, and there are several trails ranging from a day to a week or more that are recommended for experienced riders. Villa La Angostura is another stunning destination within the Lake District and makes a great stop on any self-drive itinerary.

This area also has some lovely estancias, including Estancia Huechahue, from where you can ride into the spectacular Lanín National Park, and Tipiliuke Lodge, a great place for riding and also fly-fishing.

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Places to visit in the Lake District

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Lake District, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring the Lake District

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Lake District, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Lake District

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around the Lake District

    Our expert guides to exploring the Lake District

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting the Lake District, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate the Lake District at its best.

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    Accommodation choices for the Lake District

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Lake District. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.