Lakes in Argentina

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Argentina's Lake District is home to many picturesque alpine lakes that attract visitors from all over the world. Jagged peaks, lush forests, and extinct volcanoes surround many of them, making the lake areas some of the most exciting in the country. Visit the lakes in Argentina and you could try fishing, kayaking, or swimming. 

What makes the lakes in Argentina so special?

Magnificent snow-dusted mountains provide backdrops to many of Argentina’s lakes, and in the land that surrounds them you can spot all manner of wildlife and beautiful nature. They are easily accessed thanks to well-maintained roads, and plenty of shops and restaurants sit on their shores offering all the amenities you could want. 

The best lakes in Argentina for your itinerary

Choosing the best lakes in Argentina is no easy feat. With so many beautiful, scenic lakeside destinations, it’s almost impossible to narrow it down. But we’ve done some of the hard work for you and named our five favourite activities in five lakes in Argentina. 

Surf and kayak at Nahuel Huapi Lake

Between the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro sits this glacial lake, famous for its beautiful blue waters. Along its shores are beautiful beaches where you can surf or enjoy walks among scenery that’s bound to leave you in awe. Some beaches, such as Playa Bonita, are ideal for kayakers and scuba divers looking for extra adventure. 

Go fishing at Mascardi Lake

Borrowing its name from Nicolás Mascardi, a Jesuit missionary who was in the country in the 17th century, Lake Mascardi is a water baby’s paradise. There’s excellent swimming, sailing, kayaking on this lake. Plus, the fishing here is great. Lucky fishers might even take home a brown, rainbow, or brook trout. 

See glaciers at Argentino Lake 

Argentina's largest freshwater lake, Argentino Lake is in Santa Cruz province. Don’t miss the numerous glaciers surrounding the waters in Los Glaciares National Park, the most impressive of which is the Perito Moreno Glacier. And be sure to visit the lakeside city of El Calafate.

Take a boat trip on Cami Lake

Travelers will find this lake, also known as Fagnano Lake, on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago's main island, which is split by the Argentina-Chile border. Its light breeze and calm waters make it an excellent location for boat rides. Walks around the area are equally peaceful, though, and allow visitors to really bask in its unmatched beauty. 

Snap photos at Puelo Lake

In the north of Chubut province lies this narrow L-shaped lake, which has sapphire-blue waters surrounded by forested hills. The temperate rainforests here are well worth exploring, and you might see small deer, red foxes or even pumas. 

Tips for Visiting Argentina Lakes

When exploring lakes in Argentina, a rental car will allow you to cover more areas in a short space of time. Warm clothing is essential for chilly evenings, and it’s worth remembering that it can get incredibly cold in the south of the country between June and August.

When to go in Argentina?

Argentina is a huge country, so the climate varies from region to region. To the northeast, the climate is sub-tropical, whilst the central region is humid and the south the coldest. The best time to visit the country is between March and April and October/November; it's best to avoid the glacial cold that can affect the south, the heatwaves that hit the north and the rainy season. The lovely Buenos Aires is best visited during the Argentinian Spring, which is during the European Autumn, as the weather is pleasant. If you're planning to hike in Patagonia, any time of year will do!
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