Lakes, Patagonia & Ushuaia
The Lake District of Argentina around Bariloche is similar to the Alps with small towns of wooden buildings, dramatic lakes and snow-covered peaks.
With two distinct seasons – summer, when you can swim from beaches in the lakes, and winter, when skiing is the sport and swimming is definitely out! The scenery throughout is amazing and in particular on the Seven Lakes Drive from San Martin de los Andes to Bariloche.
Patagonia straddles Argentina and Chile. This is a true wilderness with snow-capped peaks, dense forests, bright blue waters and giant glaciers crashing into the sea. Colourful flora and wildlife abound – the area is home to the elusive puma and majestic Andean condor. There are extensive hiking and riding trails and white water rafting, canoeing and many more outdoor pursuits are catered for.
Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world, is situated on the edge of the Beagle Channel. It is a departure point for cruises to Antarctica as well as a fishing port. Fresh fish caught locally is served in local restaurants – with King Crab a delicacy not to be missed. From Ushuaia take a train to the ‘End of the World’ or a boat to spot penguins and sea lions.