Authentic Patagonia: Focus on Villa La Angostura
Nestling in the heart of Argentine Patagonia, Villa La Angostura is a destination that captivates with its natural beauty and authentic charm. Situated to the north-west of Lake Nahuel Huapi, in the province of Neuquén, this town boasts one of Argentina‘s most picturesque mountain landscapes. Surrounded by lakes, it is immersed in the Nahuel Huapi National Park and is the gateway to the Parque Nacional Arrayanes, the only place in the world to find a natural forest of this very special species.
A little history
The Villa La Angostura region has been inhabited for around 10,000 years. Over the centuries, indigenous peoples, conquistadors, missionaries and settlers have left their mark on this land. In 1902, after resolving the border issue with Chile, the national government created the Nahuel Huapi agro-pastoral colony. Then, in 1934, the creation of the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi marked a turning point for the region, which gradually became a popular tourist destination. The town has continued to grow and evolve to become the magnificent place we know today.
The natural areas around Villa La Angostura offer a variety of activities to suit all tastes. Los Arrayanes National Park, with its unique arrayanes wood, is a must-see. The mirador at Quetrihué offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the region. For trekking enthusiasts, the Cerro O’Connor trail is an excellent option, offering spectacular views of the Andes and Lake Nahuel Huapi. The famous Ruta de los 7 Lagos – formed by the Espejo, Correntoso, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner, Machónico and Lacar lakes – a section of the legendary Ruta 40 linking Villa La Angostura to San Martín de los Andes, is also an unforgettable experience.
A destination for all seasons
Whether you visit Villa La Angostura in summer or winter, there’s always something to do. In summer, the lakes offer a wide variety of activities, such as fishing and water sports. In winter, the surrounding mountains become a paradise for skiers and snowboarders. The Cerro Bayo ski centre, with its 32 kilometres of runs for all levels and panoramic views over Lake Nahuel Huapi, is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
The cuisine at Villa La Angostura mirrors the treasures of Patagonia. Dishes feature local produce such as trout from crystal-clear lakes, slow-roasted lamb, venison and wild boar, while wild mushrooms from the surrounding forests add a unique touch to many dishes. The region’s wines, renowned for their finesse and character, are the perfect accompaniment to these delicacies. And for a sweet touch, desserts made with local red fruits are a must. Every bite at Villa La Angostura is an ode to the richness of the region.
Villa La Angostura offers a deep immersion in the beauty of Patagonia, where each visitor finds their own path of exploration and discovery. With its rich history, breathtaking landscapes and warm culture, it’s an invitation to experience unforgettable moments. Come and let yourself be seduced by its timeless charm.
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