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The Lake District Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Lake District Vacation

Hundreds of sapphire lakes lie hidden amid the snow-covered peaks of the Andes on the western frontier with Chile, in what has become the most popular tourist area in Patagonia—the northern Lake District. Despite its growing popularity and accessibility from developed towns like Bariloche and San Martín de los Andes, visitors are constantly amazed at how easy it is to lose yourself

in a silent forest, or by a still lake with no houses, no boats, no piers—just you and the natural surroundings.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Savage Beauty One day a lake is silent, a mirror of its surrounding mountains. Another day waves are crashing on its shores, wind tears limbs from trees.
  2. The Great Outdoors Well-marked trails in the national parks lead into a world of strange forests, leaping waterfalls, and magnificent vistas. Commercial river rafting or kayaking might carry you to Chile.
  3. Water, Water Everywhere 40 different lakes, seven major rivers flowing into two oceans, and you can spend days just staring at Nahuel Huapi Lake with its shoreline disappearing under distant peaks and volcanoes.
  4. Ski in Summer In the northern Lake District of Patagonia, June through September is ski season on the slopes of Cerro Catedral near Bariloche, and Cerro Chapelco, near San Martín de los Andes.

When To Go

When to Go

From June through September the weather is typical of any ski region—blowing snowstorms, rain, and fog punctuated by days of brilliant sunshine. Aug...

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