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Travel Tales from Argentina and South America
Needless to say that 2020 was a rough year for all travel lovers: stay at home orders and quarantine have put us in a situation unlike anything most of us have ever experienced before.
Say Hueque´s Founder and Director, Rafa Mayer, decided to wrap up 2020 in a different way. Rafa, his wife and his seven and twelve- year-old sons– Tobías and Camilo – embarked on a road trip adventure across Patagonia in order to spend New Year´s Eve surrounded by the most beautiful natural wonders.
The trip began in Bariloche, where they picked up their new home for a couple of weeks: a cozy but modern Motorhome.
Since the objective of the trip was to reconnect with nature, this self-propelled and self-sufficient vehicle seemed to Rafa a great choice for travelling safely and independently , prioritizing their time for exploring remote and uncrowded areas.
They departed from Bariloche headed North, stopped at Traful Lake, where they spent a magical New Year´s Eve dining on the shores of this brilliantly blue lake, under a beautiful starry sky. This is a very quiet area of Patagonia, where you can see pristine lakes surrounded by the Andes almost in complete solitude, and just 100 km away from the town of Bariloche (where the airport is located, with daily flights from Buenos Aires).
After this, the Mayer Family headed back to the south and their next top Villa La Angostura, a small town on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, that is surrounded by other lakes and the Andes Mountain Range. This area is heavily influenced by the European immigration at the turn on the century, giving it a Swiss- German feeling. They continued their travels, visiting Mascardi Lake and Manso Valley. Manso valley surprised them with its unique mountain landscapes and its astonishing beauty so they stayed longer and went horseback riding across the valley and rafting along the river. They had a blast!
Days later, they continued their route to Los Alerces National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and parked the motorhome on the shores of Rivadavia Lake. There, they enjoyed trekking in the Alerces woods, beautiful family picnics and watching memorable sunsets while drinking Mate.
As their last – but definitely not least – destination they stopped over at Estancia Peuma Hue, an enchanting hotel and Eco-lodge nestled within the grounds Nahuel Huapi National Park. There, they went kayaking on crystal clear Gutiérrez Lake and horseback riding.
Although the motorhome was comfortable, it was great to stay in a hotel for a couple of nights.
This amazing trip was a great opportunity for Mayer’s family to spend time together and make up for the untraveled time in 2020. The fact that Argentina has opened up to domestic travel, encouraging Argentine citizens to travel around their own country, made it possible to sustain small local economies (in some places that rely on tourism) which have suffered the terrible consequences of last year´s pandemic and lockdowns.
Their Patagonia Road trip was an amazing experience that Rafa´s family will never forget.
If this adventure awake your travel bug, we invite you to check some Family Trips ideas here.
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