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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  • 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.


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Fly Fishing Argentina

Fly Fishing in Northern Patagonia

Northern Patagonia

Still a fully working farm, Tipiliuke Lodge is part of the 20,000 hectare Cerro de los Pinos country estate founded in 1909 by the grandfather of the current owners.

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Horses, Patagonia

Riding in Northern Patagonia

Northern Patagonia

Patagonia’s rugged, unpopulated expanse is the sort of landscape that makes everyone want to leap onto a horse and gallop into the distance, cowboy hat round the neck and hair flying.

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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.

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Correntoso

Correntoso

Northern Patagonia

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

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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.

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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.

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