Sitting at the foot of the Andes in the Rio Negro province, at the heart of the Argentinian Lake District, lies the pretty town of San Carlos de Bariloche, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Bariloche is famous for its chocolate production, so you shouldn't leave here without at least sampling and preferably buying a good quantity.

Luxury Holidays to Northern Patagonia: the Detail

As the name suggests, the Lake District in Northern Patagonia - which stretches across the mountains into the mirror image in Chile - is a land of sparkling bodies of blue water, with a backdrop of snow-dusted volcanoes and, dependent on the season, carpets of wildflowers completing the picture. This is a gentle entrée into Northern Patagonia; sunny, picturesque and ideal for gentle walks and taking photographs from the many panoramic viewpoints atop hills and volcanoes. In winter, this is good skiing territory, with Cerro Catedral one of the country's top resorts.

Bariloche is the best holiday base for exploration of the national parks and stunning scenery of this region, and as such is one of the more tourist-orientated centres in Argentina, but accept that and you'll enjoy it nonetheless.

Further north, in Neuquén province, the landscape around the town of San Martin de los Andes is more rugged and this is home to gauchos, estancias, and superb riding and fly fishing.


Original Highlight

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It's impossible to choose just one highlight - it's snow-capped peaks, vivid blue lakes, waterfalls and national parks galore in this region, and they're all awe-inspiring!

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A note on price

Like many of its neighbours, Argentina is a large country and so much of the expense in travelling here lies in flying domestically. Hotels, lodges and estancias range from rustic to super-luxe, so it’s possible to arrange holidays catering for all budgets. A two-week trip would start from roughly £3,500 per person including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 26°C / 78°F
  • Rainfall — 3cm / 1.3 inches
Flight from London

13:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs

Top picks for Northern Patagonia

Northern Patagonia Lake

Lake Crossing to Chile

Northern Patagonia

Running between the Chilean lakes towns of Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt and the Argentinian counterpart; Bariloche, the trip across lakes and borders includes several different modes of transport as the roads and lakes weave their way directly through the mountains. No chance to get bored, and even the kids won’t ask if you’re nearly there yet, as you swap the bus for a catamaran and do the same in reverse when you’re back on solid ground again.

What to do

Estancia Peuma Hue

Estancia Peuma Hue

Northern Patagonia

The aptly named Peuma Hue, or Place of Dreams, is an idyllic estancia in the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Where to stay

Llao Llao Hotel

Llao Llao Hotel

Northern Patagonia

Located beside a marina and near the stunning mountains and lakes, Llao Llao is well positioned for exploring the Patagonian playground.

Where to stay

Los Juncos Patagonian Lake House

Los Juncos Patagonian Lake House

Northern Patagonia

With just five rooms and overlooking the beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi, Los Juncos Patagonian Lake House is a charming little corner of the Alps in Argentina.

Where to stay

Las Balsas

Las Balsas

Northern Patagonia

Just a five minutes drive from Cerro Bayo, a ski resort, Las Balsas is based on the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi and boasts spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

Where to stay

Tipiliuke Lodge

Tipiliuke Lodge

Northern Patagonia

Located at the foot of the Andes in the Patagonian Lake District, Tipiliuke Lodge is part of the vast Cerro de los Pinos country estate founded in 1909.

Where to stay

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