Nahuel Huapi Lake, Provinces de Neuquen & Rio Negro, Argentine

Nahuel Huapi is a lake of glacial origin located in the Cordillera of the Andes which extends in the Provinces of Neuquen and Rio Negro in the park of the same name. Its original name Mapuche (aboriginal language) means Islands of jaguars. It is located at 768m of altitude with an area of 557 km². It is renowned for its 7 branches and its depth (the maximum is 464m). One of the most important cities of southern Argentina is built on its southeast shore: San Carlos de Bariloche. The Nahuel Huapi is located in an area where there are many lakes and there are also many islands, the most important of which is Victoria.

Tips

If you like to ski, the area has several trails and the best option is to stay in San Carlos de Bariloche as you will find a very beautiful city with everything you need and lots of options for accommodation and catering.

If it’s fishing that interests you, you’re in the right place. The sport fishing season runs from November to April. You will find brown trout and salmon.

If you like hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding, sailing, everything is possible depending on the season of your stay. On the protected area of the park, you will find many free or organized camps as well as hotels, inns or huts.

There are several local tourist agencies that will offer a variety of excursions, one more interesting than the other, to places full of nature and magic like Los Arrayanes National Park, Port Blest, Victoria Island, Villa Angostura, Mount Tronador, the Enchanted Valley and the seven lakes among others.

Lenga Creek, Hualpén, Concepción, Chile

Lenga Creek is a Chilean tourist beach located on the south coast of San Vicente Bay, in the province of Concepción, in the Biobío region. It is located 15 minutes from the center of Concepción and from Talcahuano, it’s part of the municipality of Hualpén since 2004. The creek is located near the estuary that bears the same name and which is home to a large variety of birds such as the swan coscorova, the black-necked swan, pelicans and cormorants among other species. They come to the estuary to nest and procreate. Its sand is gray and its waters are not suitable for swimming but you can practice windsurfing, kitesurfing or sailing. Other activities such as cycling or horse riding can also be practiced in the area.

Tips

If you like fish and seafood dishes, try one of the many restaurants there. If you want to have a good panoramic view, you can climb Teta Norte hill (77 meters), from where you can see the Gulf of Arauco and the bay of San Vicente. The best way to get there is by car, but there is also a bus that starts in the Nonguén area.

Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso is a port and a city of Chile, capital of the region and the province. It is the first port and the second city of the country.

The city can be divided into two distinct parts. One of them is El Plan, located on the flat part of the city, where is the port as well as a large majority of the shops, it is the lower town. On the other hand, above, ‘Los Cerros’, the hills dominate the city. It is in these hills that the majority of the population lives, and these are their homes of varied colors which give the city its unique look, it is the upper town .

The city can be visited using the funiculars which allow the access to the neighbourhoods situated on the hills. From there, you can see the Bay of Valparaiso, with its port and away on the Northeast you can see the city of Viña del Mar.

 
Tips

 
The historic centre of Valparaiso was classified world heritage by UNESCO in 2003. Funds were available to restore the multicoloured houses on the hills. The city is nicknamed “the Pearl of the Pacific” and it is also the cultural capital of Chile.

There is so much to see… there is a vibrant cultural life, the hills have populated frescoes with fantasy characters, these murals are interconnected to give birth to great collective works.

The streets around the port have many typical bars and restaurants; very colorful ones. Nearby there are many beaches, but also many wineries and some are certified organic. Valparaiso is a must-see stop in your wine route.

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