Lakes in Argentina

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What to do in Argentina?

With its end of the world feel, Argentina attracts and surprises. Its very rich unique cultureits varied breath-taking scenery or even its dynamic and bustling capital city, Buenos Aires, mesmerise travellers. Whether you choose to concentrate on one area, or alternatively travel the breadth and width of the country, a trip to Argentina has what it takes to satisfy all your desires. Its landmass covers a part of the luxurious amazon forest, pampas plains, and also the steppes and glaciers of Patagonia for enthusiasts of extensive hikes and treks. Argentina also shares two of its geographical landmarks between its neighbours, who are witnesses to the incredible diversity that the country has to offer: in the north-east the majestic Iguazu Falls are divided into three parts; one in Brazil, another in Paraguay, and finally the most spectacular falls of the park which are home to the Devil’s Throat, on the Argentinian side. Nearly 4,300km from there, at the southernmost point of the country, Argentina covers a third of the legendary Tierra del Fuego, the rest of which is controlled by Chile. Ushuaïa still remains to this day the Eldorado of escapism in the hearts of adventurers. So, are you ready for your trip to Argentina ?

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Start planning your lake vacation in Argentina

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.

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