The Lake District

The Lake District: Why go

Argentina’s most beautiful region covers 700km of spectacular forest-clad Andes, with jagged peaks and deep valleys peppered with lakes and rivers of all hues from pea-green to indigo to turquoise. Wherever you go, it’s hiking heaven: endless views, virgin landscapes and no crowds. Try climbing, skiing, white-water rafting and horse-riding, or succumb to the gentler pleasures of lake cruises, fine cuisine and lolling in idyllic waterfront retreats.

All roads start at the quaint central town and adventure centre of Bariloche, set inside a national park. From here, head north along serpentine roads through fairy-tale landscapes of forests and lakes to upmarket resorts like San Martín de los Andes, world-class fishing, and spectacular riding at authentic estancias. Further north still, you’ll find rare prehistoric beauty, snow-capped volcanoes and swathes of monkey puzzle trees. Or, head south from Bariloche to wild and rugged lands beloved of Che Guevara and outlaws Butch and Sundance, at El Bolsón and beyond, where Los Alerces National Park is among the country’s most untouched.

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