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.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Oct - Apr

Flight from London London

13:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs

There is the option to take two days and to stay overnight en route in Peulla, at the hotel by the same name; if you are making the trip in one day, it will take approximately eight hours and includes lunch in Peulla.

Additional info: you will be required to show your passports and all documents at the border check, and please be aware that the boats can get busy during peak times; this is not a private trip.

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Original Highlight

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The Andean Lakes Crossing has got to be the most scenic way to traverse a border imaginable.

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Where to stay

Correntoso

Correntoso

Correntoso Lake and River Hotel is a beautiful lodge situated on Nahuel Huapi Lake with amazing views to the Andes and the National Park.

Estancia Huechahue

Estancia Huechahue

To visit Huechahue is to experience rural Argentine life and spectacular Patagonian scenery. It is a working cattle estancia, set amidst 15,000 acres of ground in the foothills of the beautiful Andes.

Estancia Peuma Hue

Estancia Peuma Hue

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

Las Balsas

Las Balsas

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.

Llao Llao Hotel

Llao Llao Hotel

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

Tipiliuke Lodge

Tipiliuke Lodge

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.

Los Juncos Patagonian Lake House

Los Juncos Patagonian Lake House

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.

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