Lakes of Patagonia: A Self-Drive Road Trip
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Lakes of Patagonia: A Self-Drive Road Trip

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Discover the Lake District of Argentina on this explorative self-drive itinerary. You will collect your rental car in Bariloche, a quaint Patagonian town of Swiss-alpine influence, and from here embark on one of the most incredible driving routes across the South American continent, discovering lush alpine landscapes and tranquil lakeshores with spectacular mountain vistas. Afterwards, you'll enjoy two nights in Argentina's vibrant capital of Buenos Aires. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Rental vehicle
  • 3 nights at the 5-star Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Las Balsas Relais & Châteaux
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Loi Suites Chapelco Hotel
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Llao Llao Hotel
Day 1-2
Fly from UK to Buenos Aires

Arriving in Buenos Aires, an English-speaking driver-guide will be waiting for you at the airport to transport you to your hotel in the city in the comfort of a private vehicle.

Day 2-3
1 night at Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery

Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery is a luxury boutique hotel situated in Buenos Aires' trendy and upscale Recoleta neighbourhood, whose streets bear Parisian-style townhouses, opulent former palaces, and chic boutiques. The hotel features a spa, an outdoor swimming pool, and a stylish bar and restaurant. 

Day 3
Fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche

After an early breakfast, meet your driver at the hotel and enjoy a transfer to Buenos Aires' Jorge Newbery Airfield for your scheduled flight to Bariloche in the country's scenic Lake District. Arriving in Bariloche, a charming, Swiss-alpine-style town on the shores of the Andes-fringed Nahuel Huapi Lake in Argentine Patagonia's beautiful Lake District, collect your rental car and begin your scenic road trip with a drive through the region's spectacular landscapes to your next hotel: Las Balsas Relais & Châteaux.

Day 3-5
2 nights at Las Balsas Relais & Châteaux

Set on the picturesque Nahuel Huapi Lake in the lakefront town of Villa La Angostura, Las Balsas Relais & Châteaux is a boutique hotel characterised by its distinctive blue-toned wooden façade and sweeping mountain views. As well as a gourmet restaurant and intimate spa, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure, from hiking to kayaking 

Day 4
Nahuel Huapi National Park

The quaint and scenic Patagonian town of Villa La Angostura, near which Las Balsas is based, is nestled between mountains, forests, and lakes; during your stay, choose to go hiking in Nahuel Huapi National Park and explore these native Patagonian forests that are considered of global importance for biodiversity conservation. You'll also enjoy breathtaking views across the Patagonian Andes and lakes that dot the region. 

Day 5
Road transfer from Las Balsas Relais & Châteaux to Loi Suites Chapelco Hotel

Drive northwards for several hours to your next accommodation, Loi Suites Chapelco Hotel, located just outside the town of San Martin de los Andes near the spectacular Lanín National Park. The drive will see you pass through beautiful mountainous scenery and past multiple lakes and forests, with plenty of opportunity to stop along the way at various viewpoints to capture some unforgettable vistas and photos. This route between Villa La Angostura and San Martin de los Andes is referred to as the "Route of the Seven Lakes", and is considered one of the most scenic drives in Argentina.

Day 5-7
2 nights at Loi Suites Chapelco Hotel

With the Patagonian Andes a sublime backdrop, Loi Suites Chapelco Hotel is a stylish lodge-style hotel set next to an 18-hole golf course. Spend your time here relaxing in the Namasthe mountain spa, dining on delectable dishes in the mountain-facing restaurant, and hiking in the nearby natural surroundings.

Day 6
Lanin National Park

Stretching across Argentine Patagonia's stunning Lake District at the foot of the Andes Mountains, Parque Nacional Lanín (Lanin National Park) is a national park of astonishing beauty; and during your stay in the region you can choose to go hiking here. Home to many glacial lakes and the snowy, conical peak of the dormant Lanín stratovolcano that the park is named after, Lanín National Park is a protected area for araucaria trees and is a renowned home to many of Patagonia's most emblematic species, such as pumas, small deer, guanacos, and condors.

Day 7-9
Road transfer from Loi Suites Chapelco Hotel to Llao Llao Hotel

Circle back and drive south towards Bariloche and your next hotel, Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, passing through spectacular mountainous landscapes.

Day 7-9
2 nights at Llao Llao Hotel

Situated in the resort town of Bariloche, Llao Llao Hotel benefits from spectacular views overlooking two lakes and the surrounding Andes Mountains. The hotel features nine restaurants and bars, an ambient spa, and an 18-hole golf course. 

Day 8
Rafting at Rio Manso

Not far from the Argentine Patagonian town of Bariloche is the Río Manso (Manso River), a winding stretch of water that boasts beautiful turquoise water as well as numerous rapids, making it the perfect spot for an exhilarating rafting adventure, which can be added to your itinerary. You can also choose to include a mountain bike guided tour across the varied terrains and lush landscapes of Nahuel Huapi National Park, where you'll bike through dense forests, passing tranquil lakes and spectacular mountain vistas. 

Day 9
Fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche

After breakfast, drive to Bariloche's airport and return your rental care before boarding your scheduled flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer from the airport back to Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires MGallery, where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 10
Buenos Aires

Include a fascinating tour of Buenos Aires to your itinerary; your English-speaking guide will lead through the charming cobbled alleyways and magnificent colonial architecture of San Telmo along to the Plaza de Mayo, which is dominated by the Casa Rosada, the city's Government House. Afterwards, wander past the imposing structure of the Nación Bank, before heading to the neoclassical façade of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. You'll then head up the leafy Avenida de Mayo towards the imposing grandeur of the Palace of Congress, finishing the tour in the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, where you will discover the facts, stories, and anecdotes that form the colourful tapestry of Buenos Aires' rich history.

Day 11-12
Fly from Buenos Aires to UK

After exploring the Argentinian capital, your journey through this vibrant South American country has drawn to a close. Enjoy a private transfer back to the airport in perfect time for your return flight back to the UK.

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Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Rental vehicle
  • 3 nights at the 5-star Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Las Balsas Relais & Châteaux
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Loi Suites Chapelco Hotel
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Llao Llao Hotel
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