Bariloche Argentina

The Argentinean Alps

Recently there was a massive volcanic eruption in Argentina. It was international news, reeking havoc on flights and on the local towns that were unfortunate enough to be covered in the falling ash. What were once beautiful areas of pristine green forest and aquamarine lakes turned grey overnight as the volcano dropped its remnants from the sky. For nature lovers that know the area personally, it was tough to watch. Understanding that Mother Nature has a way of rebounding from adversity, it is also clear that the northern gates of Patagonia, often referred to as the Argentinean Alps, would make an amazing comeback in no time at all.

There were three areas hardest hit by the volcano, which happen to be three of the prettiest places in Argentina.

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San Carlos de Bariloche is the biggest of these three. It sits on the eastern side of the enormous Nahuel Huapi Lake. The lake was the first national park in Argentina, confirming its magnificence and protecting its future. It has total area coverage of five hundred twenty-nine square kilometers. Two of the three towns we are discussing are blessed to border this amazing lake. Bariloche is known as one of the best places in Argentina to visit in the summer. Camping in the hills and along the lake is ideal for exploring the countless hills and valleys in the area. It is also famous as the best snow skiing resort in South America, boasting a handful of modern ski lifts that rise above the city, giving a winterized view of the blue waters of the lake. Bariloche is known for its crafts and arts, but is most famous for its chocolate. Chocolate creations of every kind can be found at any of the huge shops aimed at providing tourists with creamy and sugary goodness. Busses and planes are regularly scheduled into Bariloche, so getting there is not an issue.

Villa la Angostura is the second spectacular city, and lies thirty minutes drive from Bariloche. Afternoons in the park or on the local beaches of the lake provide the relaxation that people are looking for from this quiet paradise. It is also bordered by a smaller lake on one side, which is connected to Huapi by a short river. There are hiking paths marked out clearly for easy access, and even more that are a bit more out of the way. Thick forest covers the entire are, making for wonderful drives through the many mountain roads available. Angostura was the hardest hit by the volcano, being completely covered in ash, up to thirty centimeters in spots. We send love and blessings to their community in hopes for a quick recovery.

San Martin de los Andes is a couple hours drive from Angostura, through the mountains and forests. It is not actually that far in terms of kilometers, but the road access is by dirt road. That is changing with the present construction of a proper highway. San Martin, like Bariloche, offers excellent hiking, rafting, and camping options. It too has a snow skiing area worthy of praise. San Martin is at the end of the Seven Lakes tour, a string of crystal clear mountain lakes dotting the landscape all the way back to Angostura.

A drive through this amazing region will fill the senses of any traveler. Certain areas will make you stop your car and stare at the naked wilderness in awe. The power of the volcano may have tampered with the beauty of the area for a short while, but the power of Mother Nature and the spirits of the inhabitants of these wonderful towns are sure to rise up and reclaim the glory of the Argentinean Alps.

Date posted: 20th February, 2013

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