Things to do in the Argentinian Lake District

Places to Visit

How to get there

From Buenos Aires

A short 2.5 hour flight from Buenos Aires (AEP - the domestic airport) takes you to the city of Bariloche. During the summer months there are up to 10 flights a day. There is a smaller, less reliable airport (Chapelco) in the North, accessed from San Martin, but flights are regularly cancelled or delayed, so we would always advise using Bariloche airport.

For the more hardy travellers, there is also a 22 hour night bus, with 4 or 5 companies offering this service. The buses vary in standard, with some tickets getting you a standard coach seat and others a fully reclined comfy seat. Most tickets will include food, some drinks and sometimes even bingo!

From Southern Patagonia

If you are coming from El Calafate and El Chalten, the quickest and easiest way to access the Argentinian Lake District is to fly between El Calafate and Bariloche - during the summer there is just 1 flight per day. There is also the option to go by road on a long, bumpy night (and the following day) bus, which is not as fun as it sounds. If you've got the time, consider taking a road trip up the infamous Ruta 40, either guided or self-guided.

If you are coming from Torres del Paine, the Lake District can be accessed either by crossing the border into Argentina to fly from El Calafate, or by travelling south to the Chilean city of Punta Arenas and flying north to Puerto Montt. From Puerto Montt, Bariloche is just a short hop over the Andes, by lake, road, bike or on horseback.

Multi-Activity Trips

Group Tours in the Lake District

Landmarks in the Argentinian Lake District

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