Nahuel Huapi Lake

Nahuel Huapi Lake: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bariloche: Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Waterfall

1. Bariloche: Puerto Blest and Los Cantaros Waterfall

Choose to meet at Pañuelo Port, or be picked up and driven to there. After setting off from Pañuelo Port, sail for an hour along Blest Branch, the most important branch of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Pass by Centinela Island where Perito Moreno's remains are buried. Marvel at the Los Cantaros Waterfall.   Afterward, disembark and hike a wooden trail buried deep in the lush vegetation of the "Valdivian Rainforest.” Arrive at Los Cantaros Lake, where you can admire a 1500-year old larch tree. Return to the boat and sail for 5 minutes to Blest Port. Visit the Bay and Frias River, famous for its emerald waters which originate from the glaciers of Mount Tronador.

From Bariloche: Chico Circuit & Colonia Suiza Tour

2. From Bariloche: Chico Circuit & Colonia Suiza Tour

Begin your trip with pickup from your hotel in central San Carlos de Bariloche and embark on a sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights. Take the traditional Chico circuit - a 60km route through stunning natural scenery and the wonderful Bariloche landscapes. First, discover different sections of the coast along the shores of the Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes. On Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue - arrive at Playa Bonita, where you can see Huemul Island. Head to Campanario Hill for an incredible panoramic view of all the lakes and hills. Make a stop here and feel free to purchase a ticket to ascend the ticket (not included). Next, pass by the iconic Llao Llao Hotel, as well as the San Eduardo Chapel, and Puerto Pañuelo. Continue the route through Llao Llao Municipal Park, crossing Angostura Bridge where the Moreno and Huapi lakes meet. Admire the view of Lopez Bay and Capilla Hill. From there, the Llao Llao Peninsula can be seen together with the surrounding lakes, a classic Bariloche postcard. Cross the Moreno Lake bridge to El Trébol Lagoon. Then, head to visit the Colonia Suiza - the first European settlement in the region. Taste the traditional curanto, an originally Araucanian meal that was introduced from Chile by Emilio Goye - one of the first settlers. Discover several tea houses and restaurants, handicraft businesses and an important craft fair. Finally, return to Bariloche where your tour concludes.

San Martín de los Andes por 7 Lagos

3. San Martín de los Andes por 7 Lagos

Begin your full-day tour from your hotel in Bariloche at 8 AM.  Then, head north through the town of Dina Huapi and the bridge over the Limay River, connecting to the legendary Route 40. Along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, make your first short stop in Villa la Angostura, a town with mountain architecture ideal for walking on foot. Next, start walking an incredible path surrounded by mountains and lakes.  Make stops along the way to experience the hike to its fullest. On the Road of the Seven Lakes, see Espejo Lake, Correntoso Lake, Villarino Lake, Falkner, Escondido Lake, Machónico Lake, and Lácar Lake, before finally arriving at the city of San Martin. You will have free time to explore the city and have lunch in front of the lake before starting the return along the same path. After making your last stop at Villa la Angostura, arrive in Bariloche at approximately 6:30 PM.

Bariloche: Full-Day Circuito Grande & Villa Traful Road Trip

4. Bariloche: Full-Day Circuito Grande & Villa Traful Road Trip

Get picked up from your hotel in Bariloche and head northeast along National Route 237. Cross the Ñireco Stream and Ñirihuah River on the way to Limay River. Drive along the pretty banks of the river until stopping at the amphitheater; a place of true natural beauty, the river valley takes on an interesting form here. From there, continue to Valle Encantado to discover strange figures outlined in rocky formations, some including Finger of God, Express Train, The Siamese, and Sentinel.  A couple miles later, come upon Confluencia, where you’ll switch to an unpaved road and travel through the Traful River Valley. Cross some of its beautiful tributaries and then take a pitstop at the Traful Lookout, a cliff hovering 230 feet above the lake. Continue until reaching the magnificent Traful Lake. On its southern shore, find Villa Traful and woods filled with native coihue trees. Visit the main dock and wander around the town’s colorful streets. The route continues south. Visit lakes Correntoso and Espejo, and then the stunning resort town, Villa La Angostura. Finally, pass by Puerto Manzano and Brazo Huemul before joining the road that returns to Bariloche.

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What people are saying about Nahuel Huapi Lake

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 63 reviews

The tour is excellent and is a must-do once in Bariloche if you are into nature and marvelous lakes. The road is very scenic in every bit. The brief stops at the lakes to soak in the views and take some photos were priceless. Mika, our guide, was great: very knowledgeable, informative and funny. The stop at Villa la Angustura was extremely brief (more of a toilet break). I heard the place would deserve a bit more time to experience. I'd recommend spending more time in Villa la Angustura at the expense of San Martin de los Andes. A highly recommended tour.

José, the driver, and Sandra, the tour guide, were wonderful.

The tour was well worth it, not only because of the views, but because José and Sandra were excellent. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. What more can a traveler ask? Luis from Puerto Rico

It is very comprehensive to get a nice look to all the area. But you may have to complement it with Circuito Chico a second day to get view of the lake and ski areas.

A wonderful day with lots of beautiful lakes, nice company, and great tour guide and driver

Great, comfortable, informative (in Spanish) & beautiful sceneries.

Great, comfortable, informative (in Spanish) & beautiful sceneries.