As the name suggests, the Lake District in Northern Patagonia -
which stretches across the mountains into the mirror image in Chile
- is a land of sparkling bodies of blue water, with a backdrop of
snow-dusted volcanoes and, dependent on the season, carpets of
wildflowers completing the picture. This is a gentle entrée into
Northern Patagonia; sunny, picturesque and ideal for gentle walks
and taking photographs from the many panoramic viewpoints atop
hills and volcanoes. In winter, this is good skiing territory, with
Cerro Catedral one of the country's top resorts.
Bariloche is the best holiday base for exploration of the
national parks and stunning scenery of this region, and as such is
one of the more tourist-orientated centres in Argentina, but accept
that and you'll enjoy it nonetheless.
Further north, in Neuquén province, the landscape around the
town of San Martin de los Andes is more rugged and this is home to
gauchos, estancias, and superb riding and fly fishing.