Best of Northern Patagonia
Volcán Lanín: In the northernmost sector of Argentina’s fabled lakes district, this snowcapped centerpiece of Parque Nacional Lanín is perhaps the region’s most recognizable summit.
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes: Arrayán forests are the highlight of this park on the shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi. The town of Villa la Angostura provides easy access.
Centro Cívico: The buildings surrounding the central square of San Carlos de Bariloche represent the best of Argentine Patagonia’s architecture, setting a standard for the entire lakes district with their steep roofs and arched recovas.
Lago Nahuel Huapi: From the alluring shoreline of this glacial finger lake, the terrain of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, one of Argentina’s most-visited national parks, rises to the forests, pinnacles, and ice fields of the Andes.
Feria Artesanal: This three-times-a-week market surrounding El Bolsón’s Plaza Pagano is the perfect place to find local crafts and sample regional food and drink.
Cerro Piltriquitrón: This 2,284-meter granite summit rises east of Bolsón, where a clear day reveals snow-covered peaks along the Chilean border. There’s a parking area at 1,200 meters with a forest of chainsaw stump sculptures nearby.
Circuito Lacustre: The most popular excursion in Parque Nacional Los Alerces is this lake circuit, by boat and by foot, starting at Puerto Limonao, on Lago Futalaufquen’s south end, and ending at Puerto Sagrario.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition