Located in Argentina Patagonia this small city is well known for its architectural beauty – resembles a Swiss village with its wooden facades – and for its privileged location, a region surrounded by landscape of hills, evergreen forests, snowcapped peaks, lakes, glaciers and exuberant flora.
The city extends over several miles on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake. The Bustillo Avenue runs along these miles and reaches the Peninsula, where the imposing Llao Llao Hotel is located, and also Puerto Pañuelos, departing point from excursions to Victoria Island and other charming places of the Nahuel Huapi Lake.
Crossing of the Lakes or Lake Crossing
This is an excursion not to be missed and the best part is that it is available all year round.
The starting point is Puerto Frías, located at one of the ends of the lake of the same name. All customs proceedings are carried out there in order to cross to the neighboring country. The vegetation becomes lush, typical of the Valdivian rainforest. This environment, very similar to the subtropical sceneries, has a high rainfall regime encouraging the development of great tree groves such as larches, cypress, oaks and cinnamon trees, to name but a few.
After sailing for nearly 4 kilometers, you will reach the border through the Pérez Rosales Pass. The first Chilean district is Peulla, located 28 kilometers from this pass.
The way is impressive by the leafy evergreen vegetation with wild colorful flowers and giant trees sometimes hiding the sky and not allowing sunshine to come through; it is a real forest worth to know it. Peulla is a small settlement with a little more than 800 inhabitants which, as well as a customs post, offers hotels and restaurant services.
Very close to this district lies Peulla Port, where the lake circuit is resumed, and this time towards Lake Todos los Santos or Lake Esmeralda.
Here again you will be surprised by the exuberant vegetation of its coasts and the green emerald color of its waters, the presence of the Puntiagudo Volcano of 2493 ms with their snowcapped peaks, the Mount Techado, the Margarita Island and the snows of the hills surrounding the lake. At the end of the tour, 2,652-meter-high Osorno Vocano may also be made out.
Petrohué is the arrival port of the excursion and the seat for the administrative venue of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. From there you will start the Petrohué River falls tour, a great attraction place due to the wonderful seven water falls of the River emptying into the Todos los Santos Lake.
A few kilometers away from the Petrohué falls, stands Ensenada, a small district resting on the slopes of the Osorno Volcano which offers lodges, restaurants and several sport activities. From here you will continue by the asphalted route and with a landscape of great beauty, you will arrive at Lago Llanquihue. At your right, you will enjoy the green fields, typical wood constructions and agricultural-cattle establishments, in these astonished 64 km to the city of Puerto Varas. The beaches surrounded by the vegetation of this area complete the beautiful panoramic sight on the other side of the mountain range.
San Martín de los Andes – Road of the Seven Lakes
This full day excursion leaves Bariloche northwards along National Route 237, for 21 km until you meet secondary route F. This is a winding road, with natural beauty all around. You go past Manzano Port and arrive in Villa La Angostura. Once you left the village behind, you will be on the Seven Lakes Road: these lakes are: Correntoso, Espejo, Villarino, Falkner, Hermoso, Machónico, and Meliquina. Finally, you arrive in San Martín de los Andes on the shores of Lácar Lake. The return trip to Bariloche can be through Paso Córdoba or along National Route 40 via Junín de los Andes and La Rinconada.
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