Duration/Dates14 Days/13 Nights
This two week tour of the Northern Lakes District in Patagonia will take you to four of the most beautiful villages in the Andes Mountains!
The Lake District Tour begins in the cosmopolitan capital of South America, Buenos Aires! Here you will enjoy Tango dancing, eclectic neighborhoods, world renowned cuisine, and endless Malbec wine. Buenos Aires is truly one of the great cities of the world, combing Latin and European cultures into one.
From Buenos Aires you will fly to Bariloche, located in the heart of the Andes Mountains. Bariloche is well known as the adventure sports capital of Argentina, with outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, smooth single track mountain biking, rock climbing, glacier hiking, mountain climbing, and para-gliding (to name a few)!
The number of incredible restaurants in Bariloche is mind boggling, so if you are foodies (like we are), then you will love the wonderful carne, pastas, seafood, and endless chocolate factories…..
Leaving Bariloche behind it’s time to head south to the quaint village of Esquel and the gateway to the Alerces National Park. Esquel is a very traditional Argentine village, abounding with local customs and traditions. During your stay here you will experience the great hikes in the national park and take a ride on one of the most historic trains in Argentina, La Trochita.
Even though you will be sad to say goodbye to this charming village, your next stop on the tour is the small Andean village of Villa La Angostura, located along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. La Angostura is known for its family run ski resort, Cerro Bayo, the wonderful fishing, and hiking opportunities.
Angostura is located at the start to Los Siete Lagos high mountain road, which is one of the highlights of the region. This beautiful drive will take you high up in the Andes Mountains through some of the most stunning scenery in the area with picturesque glacial lakes, ancient Araucaria Araucana forests (Monkey Puzzle trees), and glaciers. This four-wheel drive route leads you to the final destination of the trip, San Martin de Los Andes.
San Martin de Los Andes is just as precious as the other three villages and has outstanding outdoor activities. Fishing, boating, hiking, and mountain biking are some of the most practiced activities in the area during the summer and in the winter skiers make the 20 minute drive up to Cerro Chapelco Ski Resort.
San Martin de Los Andes is smaller then Bariloche, but larger then Esquel and Villa La Angostura in size. In the evenings wonderful restaurants, micro breweries, shops, cafes, and bars can be enjoyed throughout the village. Some local cuisine specialities are wild game (wild boar and venison), lake trout, cordero (lamb), pastas, carne (beef), and gourmet pizzas.
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires; transfer to hotel; afternoon city tour; Tango show with dinner; overnight at hotel
Day 2: Buenos Aires-Bariloche
Breakfast at hotel; transfer to airport; flight to Bariloche; transfer to hotel; afternoon of hiking or mountain biking; overnight at hotel
Day 3: Bariloche
Breakfast at hotel; day of rafting, rock climbing, or hiking; overnight at hotel
Day 4: Bariloche
Breakfast at hotel; boat excursion and hiking on Lake Nahuel Huapi; overnight at hotel
Day 5: Bariloche-Esquel
Breakfast at hotel; transfer to Esquel; check-in at hotel; afternoon free; overnight at hotel
Day 6: Esquel-Los Alerces National Park
Breakfast at hotel; day of hiking in Alerces National Park; overnight at hotel
Day 7: Esquel
Breakfast at hotel; historic train ride through Patagonia; overnight at hotel
Day 8: Esquel-Villa La Angostura
Breakfast at hotel; transfer to Villa La Angostura; check-in at hotel; overnight
Day 9: Villa La Angostura
Breakfast at hotel; hike in Los Arrayanes National Park; overnight at hotel
Day 10: Villa La Angostura-San Martin de Los Andes
Breakfast at hotel; transfer to San Martin; check-in at hotel; afternoon free; overnight at hotel
Day 11: San Martin de Los Andes
Breakfast at hotel; day of mountain biking or hiking (other activities available); overnight at hotel
Day 12: San Martin de Los Andes-Buenos Aires
Breakfast at hotel; day of hiking in Andes Mountains; overnight at hotel
Day 13: San Martin-Buenos Aires
Breakfast at hotel; morning is free; transfer to airport; flight to Buenos Aires; transfer to hotel; overnight at hotel
Day 14: Buenos Aires
Breakfast at hotel; free day (excursions available); transfer to airport; flight home