Travel Tales of Argentina

Posted on 11/10/2014 Inspirational Trips & News

Explore Argentina’s Lake Region: Kayaking in Bariloche

You can navigate the unique location of natural splendours that is Bariloche by foot. You can take as well two wheels and navigate it by bike. Yet arguably the most majestic way to explore this dazzling landscape is by water. Kayaking in Bariloche makes for a very special adventure. If you’ve never kayaked before, Bariloche has a selection of companies that provide guides on hand to run you through the basics before you set off on an unforgettable journey and float through some of the most pristine and scenic lakes in Argentina.

We at Say Hueque have our own trip for this particular endeavour – Bariloche Trekking & Kayak Adventure. It offers the perfect way to explore the lakes and mountain trails of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. With daily kayaking and hiking in one of the most spectacular regions of Patagonia, you can discover glaciers and mountains vistas with the perfect combination of overnight camping under the stars or in a mountain refuge near Bariloche, Patagonia. The Bariloche Lake Distric is specially designed for people looking to delve into these unspoilt Patagonian habitats.

Highlights of the trip include two days of guided kayaking along Lake Mascardi, two days of guided hiking in the verdant forests and mountains trails as well as glacier-hiking at Mount Tronador and the breathtaking view from La Motte Ridge.

Other trips such as Bariloche Adventure also offer organized kayaking tours around the Bariloche lake district. Trips are designed to accommodate all levels of abilities and are always family-friendly.

What to see? There are some things that are particularly notable for you to see as you travel from lake to lake.

Puerto Blest

It is located on the banks of the Nahuel Hapi Lake and is the landmark for a unique natural landscape. Come and spot the incredible variety of birds that flock to this location whilst admiring the majestic cypress and coihue trees that grow in the rainforest microclimate of this area. Furthermore, take an easy 650-yard (550-meter) walk up the steps that run alongside Los Cantaros Waterfall until you reach the top. Stroll along the banks of Los Cantaros Lake, which feeds the waterfall, and then enjoy free time to explore the trails of the area.

Mount Tronador

As you pass into Lake Frias, the staggering Mount Tronador will loom into view. Hovering approximately 11,500 feet (3,500 meters) above sea level, the extinct volcano is the Lake District’s highest mountain. With 9 glaciers dotted around its summit, the mountain peers out of the lush vegetation of the Cordillera de los Andes beside its equally impressive neighbours, the volcanoes of Osorno and Puntiagudo that take watch as you drift towards Chile.  

Vincente Perez Rosales National Park

If by any chance you make it into Chile do not miss the opportunity to explore the Vincente Perez Rosales National Park that runs alongside Lake Todos Los Santos. The park is named for a man who founded several towns in the Llanquihue Basin during the times of the German colonists. Its key attractions are Lago Todos los Santos and the snowcapped peak of the Osorno Volcano. You can also enjoy views of the unmistakable summit of Puntiagudo Volcano, which sits 2,493 meters above the northern horizon, and Tronador Volcano (3,491 meters), which marks the border with Argentina. From the park’s higher ground you can clearly see the paths taken by lava flows to the rivers, lakes and waterfalls of this natural paradise. The jewels of the park are the Petrohué Waterfall, which flow foaming and powerful through a canyon of volcanic rock formed by lava flows. The cascades are an amazing spectacle and certainly worth a visit.

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