Argentina's Lake District: A highlight of South America tours
Argentina is often viewed as a staple of South America tours. Whether you're visiting the bustling city of Buenos Aires, experiencing the local culture or taking in the beautiful scenic views, a trip to Argentina will surely leave a lasting impression. There are no bad decisions when it comes to crafting your travel itinerary, but you should make a point to visit the country's famous Lake District, which is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world.
San Carlos de Bariloche
One of the most popular destinations in the Lake District, Bariloche sits under the Andes on the banks of Nahuel Huapi Lake. As a result, it is a large draw all year long, with skiers visit the town during the winter and adventure travelers descending to Bariloche come summertime. There's something for everyone, even if you're not looking to get your adrenaline pumping. For instance, you can head to the beautiful shores of Playa Bonita and Villa Tacul. There are also numerous cafes, restaurants and chocolate shops to help you get a taste of the local culture and cuisine.
Birdwatching at San Martín de los Andes
Bariloche may be among the most well-known destinations in the Lake District, if you're looking to see some of the indigenous wildlife up close, San Martín de los Andes is the place to go. Many birdwatchers flock to the small town during the spring and summer, and it also plays host to the South American Birdwatching Fair, which was held for the first time in 2010. The area's Los Arrayanes National Park is often cited as a top spot for birdwatching.
Cross the border into Chile
Like the rest of Patagonia, Argentina's Lake District extends across the border into Chile, and if you follow it you'll be presented with some of the best hiking opportunities in South America. A good option is Chiloé National Park, which covers a sprawling area of more than 106,000 acres. There are hikes that appeal to trekkers of all abilities, whether you'd like to embark on a shorter journey or challenge yourself with the more difficult 12- and 22-mile hikes.