Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lago Nahuel Huapi, Villa La Angostura or Narrow Village is named after its location on a narrow isthmus. It is a sleepy, quiet town which receives much less traffic and tourism than Bariloche. What a pity! For it is a secret treasure of beauty and serenity and there are few others there to share it.
Located about 50 miles/81 km north of Bariloche, this hidden jewel is an amazing place to spend the day or night or couple of nights (if you have the time). Like Bariloche, it is crammed with dramatic, spectacular scenery of the aquamarine Lago Nahuel Huapi juxtaposed against the craggy, snow-covered mountains in the background. Combine the heavenly landscape with fragrant hikes along the beech trees and alluring views, trout fishing galore and all the boating you could desire, Villa La Angostura rated on the top of my list for perfect undiscovered travel destinations.
Of course we couldn’t go there just to look around (you can do that but not my dad and I who are highly energetic and very active people). We had to find a hike! Fortunately Villa La Angostura is full of hikes with sensational views to make it worth your effort.
The main nature lover’s paradise in town is the fabulous Parque Nacional Bosque Arrayanes which is home to one of the only arrayanes forests in the world. Arrayanes are actually bushes not trees and can grow up to 66-feet high! The trail is flat but long. It takes 2-3 hours to walk and you can also do it by bike. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to do the entire thing, however, what we did do of the trek was highly worthwhile. The views along the way were absolutely stunning and perhaps some of the finest we had seen during our entire trip to Argentina.
Here they are….
Entering the small, quaint town. What a lovely place!
The main marina at the lake….I love the bird soaring high above and the mountains in the back…WOW!
The entrance to the hike. Note that my dad is wearing shorts. He always wears shorts, no matter what. Thus those earlier photos of him hiking in the snow in shorts, well that is a diehard Minnesotan for you!
Start of the hike….simply beautiful and inviting
My favorite picture from the trip…Springtime in Argentina!
Entering a wooded wonderland….
The gorgeous green-blue water as seen through the trees…..
Ahhhh….the Patagonian Lakes District in its finest! Incredibly beautiful!
thirdeyemom taking it all in and enjoying the view…..
Sadly all good trips must come to an end. This was our last day in Argentina. A beautiful, perfect day. We couldn’t ask for more. Just that we could come back again…which we did in 2008. Hope to see my beloved Argentina again soon!
Stay tuned….thirdeyemom is headed to her beloved Chicago this weekend to get together with an old friend and remember the years living there in the nineties as well as her big fat Chicago wedding in 2000! Thought it would be excellent blogging material! I love the windy city!