Villa La Angostura, Neuquén, Northern Patagonia, Argentina

Villa La Angostura is a town in the province of Neuquén, at 780 meters over sea level, in Argentina, and the capital of the Department of Los Lagos. The city is located in the South of the province, in Northern Patagonia, on the northwest shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. It’s in the northern sector of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, surrounded by lakes, forests and mountains, it is considered one of the most beautiful cities of Andean Patagonia. It’s a few kilometres from Cardenal Samoré, which allows to cross the border with Chile and with other nearby towns such as San Carlos of Bariloche and San Martín of los Andes, it forms a popular tourist corridor both in summer and in winter. The city is bordered by mountains : Bayo (1,782 m), Inacayal (1,840 m) and Belvedere (1 992 m). It has an average annual temperature of 8 ° C, although the variation between summer and winter is remarkable, with a maximum of 30 ° C and – 15 ° C respectively. The summers are hot and dry. The humid climate of the Andean Patagonia generates significant snow in July, August and September. The geography of the place enables a wide variety of sports and well-defined activities according to whether it is in the summer or winter season. During the winter the most practical are the skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering; during the summer: water sports, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Sport fishing, occupies a very important place ifor the tourism and is recognized internationally (trout and salmon).

Tips

You can stay in the city and visit different interesting places nearby like Villa Traful (about 7km), the border with Chile (42km), San Carlos de Bariloche (87km), San Martín de los Andes (92km). You can rent a car or go on excursions with local tourism companies.
If you like hiking, go to Port Angostura (town port) which gives you access to the Mansa Bay and a beautiful beach. From there, you can go on a trip to get to the wood of Arrayanes.
If you go in February, there is a 3- day festival ‘ Provincial festival of gardens’ that rewards the most beautiful gardens of the city and the winner is exempt from property tax. There are parades of cars, street performances, circus, music, a craft fair and a gastronomic fair with tasting of regional products.
If you go in winter, every Friday, you can see the ‘ Torches’ falling’ organized by the local ski school. It is a group of skiers going down with torches lit from the main runway of the Bayo Mount. At the program: hot wine and music.

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.