Puentes Guide to Patagonia

Argentine Patagonia sweeps across the southern parts of the country and offers a picturesque and diverse setting for travels and adventures.  From the majestic mountains and lakes of Bariloche to the beautiful glaciers of El Calafate and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, there are stunning vistas and countless options for sports and exploring in this exciting region of Argentina.  Several major regions of Patagonia are the following:


Bariloche

A short hour flight from Buenos Aires, Bariloche is set against the Andes Mountains in the Lake District.  

WHERE TO STAY

Located on Lake Fabula with gorgeous settings right on the lake with breathtaking views Fabula Lake House has kind hosts and is a recommended place for your stay. Additionally, AirBnB Lakeside Loghouse gives you an open view at Cerro Catedral and Lago Gutierrez. Located on a private road, the estate has access to the lake and to our private pier through a native forest.  

WHAT TO DO

WHERE TO EAT

DON’T FORGET THE CHOCOLATE

Bariloche is famous for its delicious chocolate. Make sure you take the time to stop by some of these great chocolatiers for a bite.


El Calafate

A three-hour flight from Buenos Aires will take you to El Calafate, where you can hike on glaciers.

WHERE TO STAY

On the shores of Lake Argentino, Xelena Deluxe Suites Hotel captures unforgettable views of the surrounding nature. For a more economical stay, try Hostel Nakel Yenu, which offers clean accommodation with friendly staff.

WHAT TO DO

  • Glacier Trek with Hielo y Aventura (Mini Trekking or Big Ice) (usually unavailable in June and July)

  • Glaciarum: interactive Glaciar Museum, with roundtrip transport included from city center

  • Rent eco-bikes and ride around the city of El Calafate

  • Day trip to Torres del Paine, Chile

WHAT TO EAT

WHAT ELSE

  • El Chalten: Just 3 hours north by bus but a whole world away. El Chalten has a host of outdoor activities to choose from. Their hikes, including the Laguna de los Tres hike, are among the best that Argentina has to offer. If you are lucky and have clear weather, you should be able to see Mount Fitz Roy from some of the hiking trails.


Ushuaia

Arrive to land of penguins at the “fin del mundo” with a three and a half hour flight to Ushuaia.

WHERE TO STAY

Cabañas del Beagle offers three cabins, each with an incredible view of Ushuaia Bay and Beagle Channel. Located in the heart of the city, Mil810 is a chic choice for your southern adventure (25 de Mayo 245).

WHAT TO DO

  • Hike Laguna Esmeralda (4 hours trekking total): Take a remise around 11am, picnic lunch at the lake, and pass the beavers on the way back.

  • “Navegación Pingüinera” boat tour with Latitud Ushuaia

  • “Parque Nacional Trekking y Canoas” hiking and rafting in the Park with Latitud Ushuaia

  • Dog Sled Ride, Snowmobile Ride, Off Road Safari and Patagonian Bonfire at Valle de Lobos

  • Hike to Top of Glacier Martial for views: take remise to the glacier, chairlift and hike up.

  • Tren del Fin del Mundo

WHAT TO EAT

 

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