Mascardi, Hess & Roca

Kayak on 3 different lakes over 3 days, in Nahuel Huapi National Park in the Lake District. Led by a local operator, you'll get to know the wonders of Argentina's oldest national park, including Mount Tronador, the dramatic glaciers, and the ancient larch trees, from a water perspective.

3 Days

Mascardi, Hess & Roca - 3

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Paddle along the coast of Mount Tronador, enjoying views of its glaciers and sounds of the Patagonian birds 
  • Witness transparent water and deep hues of green merge with burnt orange woody forest
  • Follow the route around the heart shaped Corazón Island
  • Visit areas inaccessible by foot, observing the region's birdlife, trout, and native flora species 
  • Stop off at remote sandy beaches and stay in secluded camping locations in the middle of the Andes

Start from Bariloche and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on Mascardi, Hess & Roca

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Lake Mascardi - La Volteada

Meet for your transfer to Lake Mascardi, where you can become acquainted with your kayak and meet the rest of the group.

Lake Mascardi drains into the Pacific Ocean through the Manso River basin. It is also the direct recipient of the thaw of the Castaño Overo glacier, which forms the 38,255 feet high Mount Tronador - marking the natural border with Chile.

Kayaking along the coast of the mountain, in the surroundings of rugged mountains and native forests, you will reach the Tronador lake branch, where the view of the mountain is absolutely breathtaking. Once in this lake branch, you will kayak around Corazón Island, heading to the camping spot, on the shores of the La Volteada stream.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 2: Lake Hess

In the morning, the initial journey will be made by car with the equipment in gear, travelling 10 miles along Road 81 in order to avoid the strong rapids in this river section.

Once back on the kayaks, your tour of Lake Hess, at 2300 feet above sea level, will begin. Along its coastline, see exuberant native forests, while hearing the roaring glaciers shape up the landscape. Magic adventure awaits you, during which you can watch birds, trout, and different species of native flora along a river of quiet and crystal-clear waters.

In the heart of a practically inaccessible spot for the ordinary traveler, you'll kayak the entire lake and head once again towards the Manso River, where you connect straight to the final lake and begin the last night out.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 3: Lake Roca - Bariloche

Wake up in the middle of the Andes. Today, you'll kayak the entire Lake Roca, with various stops on its beaches. Enjoy the privilege of becoming acquainted with ancient larch trees protected by the Nahuel Huapi National Park, which are only present in this region, the exuberant Valdivian Forest.

This marks the end of the 4-day expedition; you'll return to the town of Bariloche at approximately 6 pm.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price from USD $381 per person.

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