From the ice-capped peak of the staggering Lanin Volcano to the challenging slopes of the Cathedral mountain, or the gentle trails around glistening lakes, the Argentinian Lake District offers hiking for all, regardless of your appetite for adventure.

Below, we offer day hikes from the gateway towns of Bariloche and San Martin, as well as challenging multi-day treks to get you deep into the stunning rugged scenery of the Cathedral range and Lanin Volcano.

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Day Hikes from Bariloche

Mount Bella Vista

Be rewarded with spectacular views of the Argentinian Lake District from the summit of Mount Bella Vista on this off-the-beaten-track day hike. You'll begin climbing through transition forest, which gives way to bamboo-like trees and then to lengas. Whenever the cover of these trees breaks, you can enjoy far-reaching vistas. The latter part of the ascent is quite steep and on the way back down, you follow the same path.

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Tronodor Valley

After a short drive from Bariloche along the shore of the Mascardi Lake, hike the valley under the shadow of the mighty Mount Tronador with its cracking glaciers and cascading waterfalls. This is an easy day hike to allow yourself to be absorbed in the verdant landscapes of this region of Argentina.

Multi-day Treks from Bariloche

Day Hikes from San Martin de los Andes

Cerro Falkner

After an hour's scenic drive from San Martin, you begin your ascent of Cerro Falkner, trekking through dense forest. When you emerge from the trees you are greeted by stunning views which, on reaching the summit, open up to 360 degrees, taking in Cerro Tronador and Lanin Volcano.

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Achen Ñiyeu Volcano

This day hike near San Martin takes you through unusual landscapes to the crater of the Achen Niyeu Volcano. You'll trek from the beach of Laguna Verde in the Lanin National Park, through forests and then onto black sand in a desert-like landscape. On reaching the volcano, a demanding 45 minute ascent takes you to the edge of the crater, from where panoramic views include Lanin Volcano and its expansive glacier.

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Multi-day Treks from San Martin de los Andes

Multi-Activity Trips

If you want to get a taste of everything the Lake District has to offer, then a multi-activity trip could be right for you.

To see the lakes both on foot and from the water, you could include a day's trekking and kayaking in your itinerary. Starting from a base in Bariloche, spend the morning kayaking in the hidden bays of Lago Nahuel Huapi and Lago Moreno. After a relaxing lunch on the lake shore, swap your kayak for hiking boots and trek up to a panoramic viewpoint of Nahuel Huapi lake and the glaciers and peak of Mount Tronador.

For those wanting a longer itinerary with time to really immerse yourself in the Lake District's beautiful surroundings, you can hike, bike and kayak on either a 5 day or 8 day trip.

Hike, bike & kayak from Bariloche (5 days)

Hike, bike & kayak from Bariloche (8 days)

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Trekking landmarks in the Argentinian Lake District

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