Brazo Tristeza Expedition

Kayak on Lake Nahuel Huapi and trek in the national park with the same name. You'll do short hikes to Victoria waterfall, Lake Frey and you'll spend a night camping in the Patagonian wilderness.

2 Days


Brazo Tristeza Expedition - 2 - $540

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Multi-day kayak expedition in Bariloche Area
  • Paddle crystal clear waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi
  • Spectacular vistas of Mount Tronador highest peak
  • Waterfalls, Andean forest and nature of Northern Patagonia

Start from Bariloche and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on Brazo Tristeza Expedition

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Brazo Tristeza 

The day before we'll visit you at your lodging in Bariloche for a check equipment and kayak guide meeting.

Pick up at your Hotel/lodging at 9:00 and transfer to the starting point, at Lopez Bay (30 min drive from Bariloche city). Before leaving, kayak guide will give a talk on safety, review paddling / kayaking techniques, and briefly describe the outing / itinerary and low-impact measures to have in mind during the kayak expedition.

After a few minutes of easy paddling, you'll get to the sound of the lake known as Brazo Tristeza through a beautiful entry flanked by the Mounts Lopez and Capilla. Gradually, a variety of features come into view, such as waterfalls, sheer walls of rock dropping into the lake and Patagonian birds, with the backdrop of snowcapped Mount Tronador and its glaciers. There is plenty of time to stop, relax and enjoy the surroundings. You will have lunch on one of the secluded beaches, and then paddle on to the campsite. During the afternoon, you can go for short walks to explore the area, take photos or relax on the sandy beaches with splendid views of the mountains and lakes in the midst of pristine natural surroundings.

Meals: Lunch, snacks, dinner

Accommodation: Camping 

Day 2: Nahuel Huapi National Park

After a tasty and hearty breakfast and some free time, you'll pack up your gear and tents and paddle on to the far end of Brazo Tristeza sound, where you'll take an easy yet fascinating walk up the banks of River Frey to an impressive waterfall and granite toboggans. The area is in the luxuriant Valdivian rainforest, which includes species such as one of the world's southernmost conifers - "alerce" (Fitroya cupressoides), "pangue" (Gunnera tinctoria) with its gigantic leaves, and bamboo-like "cana colihue" (Chusquea culeou), as well as a variety of climbing plants, growing in an extremely rainy area of the Andes very near the Chilean frontier.

Back in the kayaks, you'll set out on the return trip along the opposite coast to continue sightseeing, kayaking and discovering this wild part of Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Kayak expedition ends at Bahia Lopez in the afternoon, and you'll drive back to the hotel in Bariloche. 

Meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $540 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.


  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Group camping equipment
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Guide


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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