The Argentine Lake District centers around Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi (nah-whell-wah-pee). The park—Argentina's first—encircles the seven arms of Lake Nahuel Huapi, a deep-blue glacial lake surrounded by mountains and forests. Victoria Island, in the center of the lake, is crowned by transplanted redwoods.
San Carlos de Bariloche, on the lake's southern shore, is the area's largest city. Bariloche began as an outpost for German settlers, and later attracted Swiss, Austrian, Italian, and Chilean immigrants. Today its main draws are the lake, the nearby ski resort of Cerro Catedral, and the chocolate shops surrounding Calle Mitre. The area's best hotels and lodges are located outside the city. Guests usually stay three or four nights, enjoying hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting and fly-fishing.
About an hour's drive northwest of Bariloche, Villa la Angostura occupies a narrow peninsula in Lake Nahuel Huapi. The quiet town and surrounding lakeshore is characterized by fine restaurants, boutique hotels and luxury lodges. Visitors can enjoy solitude, fly fishing, hiking and horseback riding. South of town on the Querihué Peninsula, Los Arrayanes National Park protects a red myrtle forest with specimens over 600 years old.
Summer high season runs from November to March, with highs near 70° and lows near 40°. Fishing season runs from November through April, and ski season lasts from June to August. The area's main airport, located just outside Bariloche, receives daily two-hour flights from Buenos Aires. The Lake District can also be reached via the Cruce Andino, a scenic lake and land crossing of the Andes, ending in Puerto Varas, Chile.
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