The lake district is 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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is the main town in Argentina's lake district, on the southern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi. The town is a centre for skiing in winter (July and August), and walking in summer - set against a stunning backdrop of glacial green-blue lakes framed by the mountains of the Andes.
There’s a 3hr guided tour by car for you to get a general overview of the breathtaking surrounding area. The 60km circuit is all along paved road and begins heading westwards from Bariloche along Lago Nahuel Huapi. The road passes the harbour and beach of Playa Bonita, a popular destination during the summer. After, you head to the viewpoint at Cerro Campanario where a 7min chair ride offers splendid views of the mountains and lakes below. Continue towards St Edward's chapel and Hotel Llao Llao, before entering the Valdivian beech rainforest that surrounds Lago Moreno. Stop at a point for breathtaking vistas of the lake and surroundings before returning to Bariloche.