The gateway to Patagonia

Bariloche, perched on the edge of Lake Nahuel Huapi in the heart of the Argentina's first National Park, is rightly considered to be one of the most beautiful places on the continent.

It's here that Che Guevara talked of settling down one day.

Just to the east, the vast Patagonian steppe provides perfect horse riding territory, and to the west, we can take you trekking though forested passes between volcanoes, into the cool temperate rainforests of Chile.

It's no surprise that we made it our base.

Watching gauchos roping wild horses for branding on our local estancia

Sunset over Catedral Ski resort, the biggest in South America.

Trekking the lakes not only provides some of the most spectacular views in the entire Andes, but doesn't need to be hard. We stay overnight in mountain refugios, like this one, where we'll have a three course meal cooked for us!


The 'suburbs' of Bariloche

Conservation International has herladed the Valdivian forests around Bariloche as one of four major ecological 'hotspots' in South America.

On the basecamp activities page you can find out more about what the Lake District has to offer.