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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 flavor that is all its own.

Exploring the Lake District

Bariloche, ArgentinaThe two main centers 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 organize 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 travelers. 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

    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.

    • Hosteria Las Balsas, Villa La Angostura

      Hosteria Las Balsas


      The peaceful Hosteria Las Balsas is situated by Nahuel Huapi Lake and surrounded by beautiful scenery. The property offers bright and comfortable rooms, exceptional cuisine, as well as a swimming pool and spa facilities.

    • Tipiliuke Lodge, San Martin de los Andes

      Tipiliuke Lodge

      First Class

      The Estancia Tipiliuke Lodge is a working estancia of 20,000 hectares framed by the Chimehuin and Quilquihue rivers in the foothills of the Andes.

    • Standard Room, Casa Eugenia, San Martin de los Andes

      Casa Eugenia


      With just four pleasant en suite rooms this hotel has a real personal touch.

    • Estancia Huechahue, San Martin de los Andes

      Estancia Huechahue


      Huechahue offers an intimate estancia experience. It only has 10 rooms, grows many of the ingredients for its excellent meals on its own land and offers some of the most authentic riding in the area, for novices to experienced riders.

    • Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Bariloche

      Llao Llao Resort


      Set beautifully in the Nahuel Huapi National Park close to Bariloche, the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort is one of the finest places to stay in the country.

    • Posada Los Juncos, Bariloche

      Posada Los Juncos


      The Posada Los Juncos is a warm and friendly place to stay, set in a stunning location which overlooks some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District.

    • Hotel Aldebaran

      Aldebarán Hotel & Spa


      Overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi, Aldebarán Hotel is surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

    • View from the pool at Hotel el Casco, Bariloche

      El Casco Art Hotel

      First Class

      Located 11 km from the center of Bariloche, Hotel El Casco boasts 33 rooms with spectacular views across Nahuel Huapi Lake.

    • Hosteria Peuma Hue, Bariloche

      Hosteria Peuma Hue


      Built on the shores of Lago Gutierrez, and set within the idyllic landscapes of Nahuel Huapi National Park, Hostería Peuma Hue is a unique accommodation choice in Bariloche.