Region Overviews: Patagonia Travel Guide: Overview
Patagonia is every outdoor adventurer’s dream—400,000 square miles of some of the most rugged landscapes Mother Nature has to offer.
You'll be blown away by Argentina's epic national parks. Jagged spires blanketed with glaciers. Your kids breathlessly narrating every magical encounter to the person next to them. Gazing over a shimmering lake against the backdrop of the majestic Andes, you'll feel like you were the first ones ever here.
THIS ITINERARY: 7 days, 6 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*
Special Kids Prices
Start San Martín de los Andes / End Llao Llao (16 miles from Bariloche) or Bariloche
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Hike on a private ranch and savor a traditional home-cooked lunch | Saddle up for a horseback ride with views of Lake Lalog | Explore pristine Lanín National Park and take in vistas of Lácar Lake by bike and foot | Youngsters enjoy a special evening with an accomplished Argentine artisan | Adults visit the gallery of a world-renowned artist in San Martín de los Andes | Scope out a local artisans' market for handicrafts and treasures.
Boasting an ideal location about 15 minutes from the city center in the Seven Lakes region, Casona del Alto is a cozy mountain-style retreat surrounded by views of the Andes. (pool)
Enjoy the many beautiful lakes, rivers and streams en route to the town of Villa La Angostura | Walk to the stunning Cascada Ñivinco, in a landscape highlighted by waterfalls and lake vistas | Sip yerba maté and savor gourmet cuisine | Kayak the crystal-blue waters of Lago Espejo (Mirror Lake) | Kids have the chance to learn the ins and outs of rock climbing | At a private home, taste acclaimed local wines while feasting on authentic Argentine asado and homemade treats | Move to the rhythm as you learn the tango and regional folkloric dances.
Set on the water's edge, this modern hotel is a perfect place to relax and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Nahuel Huapi. (pool, spa)
Embark on a private boat excursion across Lake Nahuel Huapi, hike on pristine Isla Victoria and dig into a gourmet picnic | Pedal along scenic roads with views of blue-green lakes, the spiked spires of Cerro Catedral and the glaciers of Cerro Tronador | Learn how to make empanadas with a local chef | Golf, go canoeing, fly fish, or try your hand at archery at Llao Llao Resort, Golf & Spa, a national treasure | Explore picturesque Lake Perito Moreno on foot.
One of Argentina's finest properties, this National Historic Landmark features a stunning setting in the foothills of the Andes and a history of hosting world leaders and diplomats. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Note: On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (Approximately 45% dirt and 55% paved). The biking terrain on this trip includes a mix of paved and unpaved roads with some stretches of rugged terrain and sandy sections, making the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. Liberal van support is incorporated into the itinerary and mileage is moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
The Lake District's beautiful yet rugged topography limits the number of available roads. Although we've carefully crafted this itinerary to feature a mix of the region's most scenic paved and dirt road-biking routes, at times we encounter small trafficked areas, as well as a few sections of dirt roads with loose rocks and sand. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier or rougher sections of the route. Our hikes through Patagonia's captivating terrain follow rocky and sometimes uneven paths, many of which are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles will get us to and from the trailheads, but the nature of these trails is such that we won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks, and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.
Trips with a small number of guests may be supported by one Backroads Trip Leader and team of knowledgeable local guides. Rest assured that there will always be at least two people hiking on the trail with you.