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Touring Patagonia, Argentina's Lake District

Max Kim Bee Land of Lakes

Photo: Max Kim Bee

Argentina has more exotic destinations—Tierra del Fuego, the glaciers of the extreme south—but none so refreshing as the Lake District, which covers thousands of square miles in pine-covered northwestern Patagonia. Skiers come from all over to tackle the slopes in July and August (winter here) but otherwise the region is blessedly unknown to foreigners. It’s a favorite escape for Argentines, who love the alpine villages and grandiose stone-and-wood lodges. Picture a band of gauchos singing “Edelweiss” by the campfire and you’ve got the general idea.

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Destinations: Bariloche · Patagonia · Puerto Natales

Inspired by: Patagonia: Argentina’s Lake District — by Frank Rose, Published Jan. 2008

Hotels (4)

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    Las Balsas Gourmet Hotel & Spa

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    Correntoso Lake & River Hotel

    On a bluff overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapí, Correntoso Lake & River Hotel started life almost a century ago as a cabin for fly fishermen pursuing the

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    El Casco Art Hotel

    First opened in 1970, El Casco Art Hotel, seven miles from Patagonia’s famed mountain resort Bariloche, had a reputation for restrained elegance th

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    Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf-Spa

    This vast 1940 Patagonian lodge is a historic monument—and an ideal base for an Andean adventure. Set on a hilltop between crystalline Lake Nahuel

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    La Reserva

    Chef Alejandro Marchant offers a sophisticated take on regional cuisine: wild boar prosciutto with sauerkraut, venison robed in honey and balsamic

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    Correntoso Resataurant

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    Restaurant El Asador Patagónica

Activities (1)

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    Los Arrayanes National Park

    The park, established to protect a 50-acre grove of rare arrayán trees, is accessible only on foot, by bicycle, or by boat.

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