Set in the heart of Patagonia’s Seven Lakes District, Villa La Angostura is a true Andean alpine retreat, from its powdery snow to charming wooden chalets and artisan chocolate shops. This mountain village rests along the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, surrounded by forests and misty mountains.
Things to do in Villa La Angostura
Discover the natural splendours of Los Arrayanes National Park on a scenic boat trip along the park’s southern peninsula to El Bosque, a forested area carpeted with 600-year-old Arrayán trees. Follow a 12-kilometre interpretive nature trail that passes through these cinnamon-coloured trees and rare evergreens.
Relax on the golden sandy shores of Lago Espejo Grande, one of the most beautiful lakes in Patagonia. Bathed by sunlight, the warm waters are ideal for swimming, sailing, kayaking and fishing. In winter, ski bunnies and snowboarders can take advantage of the boutique Cerro Bayo Ski Resort, just 15 minutes from town.
Breathe in the fresh Andes air as you ride on horseback to Belvedere Viewpoint, which boasts panoramic vistas of the entire Nahuel Huapi National Park. Marvel at the surrounding cinematic peaks and shimmering turquoise waters of the Nahuel Huapi, Correntoso and Espejo lakes before hiking to Inacayal Cascade.
Drive through some of Argentina’s most breathtaking scenery on the Route of the Seven Lakes. This stunning circuit offers spectacular views of the Andes mountain range and takes you through the ancient forests of Lanin National Park. After a full day of sightseeing, tuck into a hearty bowl of “locro” at La Tasca, a local restaurant specialising in Argentinean mountain food.
Getting around Villa La Angostura
Villa La Angostura is about one hour’s drive from San Carlos de Bariloche Airport or a three-hour bus via Bariloche. Rental cars, buses, boats and bicycles are pleasant ways to explore the region, while the village itself is walkable.