Written by Jamie
One of the greatest parts of having a vacation rental business is sharing this special part of the world with others.
I decided to put together my “dream week” if I were to come to the Lakes District on vacation.
Please note, this sample is for the non-winter snow months. Also, I focused my dream week around outdoor activities and food, two things I love.
Chairlift to Cerro Campanario to get an overview of the area.
Afterwards, travel on Ruta 77 (Circuito Chico) towards Lago Moreno. Two great places for photos are the bridge separating the two Lago Morenos and Punta Panaramico.
view from Punto Panaramico
Stop in the Parque Llao Llao to hike either Laguna Escondido to Mirador Tacul, Cerrito Llao Llao, the Sendero a los Arrayanes, or connect all three into a 3.5 hour hike.
You can also take a side detour into Colonia Suiza. From November to March, there is a craft fair on Wednesday and Sundays.
The first day would finish off with a dinner at El Patacon.
Drive around the lake to Villa La Angostura. Rent a bike and ride the Quitrihué Peninsula. It is about 15 miles out and back. Be sure to pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic at the tip of the Peninsula. If you not a biker or just want to ride one way, you can take the boat back from the Parque Arrayanes. There is also a cute log cabin that serves hot chocolate and treats for those that don’t want to carry food.
After the ride, stop in Villa La Angostura for a post-game meal and/or scoop of ice cream. Bonus points if you have a Pale Ale from Cervecería Australis on the way back from Bariloche.
Tonights dinner is at the Italian eatery, Il Gabbiano.
Take the boat to either Isla Victoria and Parque Arrayanes (I recommend the VIP section on the Cau Cau boat) or to Puerto Blest. You can purchase tickets downtown or at Puerto Pañuelo the day before. Choose a day with light winds.
After returning to shore, head across the street to Hotel Llao Llao for an afternoon tea and cocktail. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.
Go for a late afternoon hike from Bahia Lopez to Brazo Tristeza.
For dinner, it’s time to celebrate Argentine beef at El Boliche de Alberto. Highly suggest the Lomo, a punto. Bonus points if you save room for a Copa del Alberto.
Head to El Bolson for the craft fair (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays afternoons). After the fair, head up to the trailhead for Cerro Piltriquitron and Taller del Bosque. Approximate times for the various hikes:
-The Taller del Bosque (Carved forest ): 40 minutes
-Refugio Pilitriquitron (where you can enjoy homemade beer made from the snowmelt): 1 hour
-Summit of Cerro Piltriquitron (amazing and airy summit view of the Andes): 2.5 hours
Finish off with some Jauja ice cream and/or a stop at Cerveza El Bolson for dinner. Bonus points if you try the Spicy Pepper Aji and Chocolate beers.
River Rafting on the Rio Manso into the Chile. Afterward finish off with an authentic Argentine Asado. Be sure to bring your passport.
Dinner is enjoyed at one of the best “foodie” restaurants with a stunning view, Yuco.
view from Yuco
Spend a half day in the Patagonia steppe, riding horses with Carol Jones.
Dinner at another Bariloche culinary treat, Cassis.
Drive to Pampa Linda and Cerro Tronador. Be sure to take your time and take photos from the Mirador de la Isla Corazon. The view of the glacier fed emerald green lake is out if this world, especially on windless days. Stop to see the Ventisquero Glacier/Black Glacier. Then hike 30 minutes to the Garganta del Diablo/Devil’s Throat waterfall.
the mighty Cerro Tronador
Be sure to leave Bariloche by 11 am as the road to Tronador is one way and changes depending on the time of the day.
The last night’s dinner is celebrated at Butterfly.
-Be sure to plan around the weather. As you move out towards the steppe to the east, the weather improves quickly.
-If coming through Buenos Aires, try to be there from Friday through Sunday to visit the craft fairs and catch a futbol match.
-Rent a car, as many of the best spots are not on the bus route.
-To check events and live music, click here (in Spanish).