Victoria Island - discover the hidden beauty of nature in the middle of the Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche Lake District, Patagonia.
La Isla Victoria Tour cont...
The most notable structure on Isla Victoria is certainly the Victoria Lodge – an impressive wood and stone building located on the 65 m (200 ft) cliff overlooking the Nahuel Huapi lake, remote Andean peaks and the lush coihue and Patagonian cypress forests.
The original structure dated from 1946 was completely destroyed by fire in 1982. The new Victoria Lodge designed as a replica of the old building was re-opened in 2002.
The lodge offers quietness of this secluded area isolated by waters of the Nahuel Huapi lake from the hectic world you most likely came from.
Can you think about something more spectacular and romantic than a sunset firing-up the evening sky over the blue waters of the lake and peaks of Tres Hermanas?
Magic place - if I’m not mistaken in the whole lodge there are only 14 rooms for rent! Is it easy to find something better than that?
I cannot resist mentioning that food offered by the lodge cuisine matches the beauty of this idyllic place (actually exceeds expectations).
On the other hand lodge offers plenty of actions for those hungry of active “pass-time” - be it guided trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding and all kind of water-activities. Worth of mention is a beautiful beach called Piedras Blancas for its surface covered with small, white stones smoothly rounded by erosion.
Forms of stunning beauty on the island's shoreline..
Today the Isla Victoria is mostly covered by native coihue and Andean cypress forests. There are small pockets of arrayan (myrtle) trees, as well as other native species like maitenes, radal, ñire, laura, arrayán, and patagua. The central (touristic) part is an exception witnessing many foreign trees – remainder of the human efforts from the beginning of 20th century.
Birds are omnipresent with woodpeckers (easier to hear than to see), hummingbirds, native geese and rare fresh-water cormorants choosing the island for nesting. From mammals, easiest to spot is red deer, much of luck is needed to see pudu (native dwarf deer – smallest in the deer family) or native rodents like huillin.
To re-start the visit to this enclave of pure nature, isolated from the hectic world by the waters of Nahuel Huapi lake please select the following link:
Isla Victoria - (previous)
The Gallery of Photos
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Lavender added not only colorful accent to the island's landscape but also spread its characteristic, calming aroma.
On the right - blooming arrayan (myrtle)tree.
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exotic Lupin (left) and caña coihue (coihue cane) can be found on the island
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The gate is "open" to start the trail along the island shores
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Once you are on the Victoria Island, you are in the middle of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and in the middle of the waters of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, but first of all - you are in the middle of the pure nature....
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View from the Victoria Island on the waters of the Nahue Huapi lake and the surrounding mountains.
If you want to learn more about the Bariloche Lake District, find information about activities, trails, see maps and of course pictures... please click: Lake District Maps
Not far from Isla Victoria, on the Nahuel Huapi Lake there is a secluded Quetrihué Peninsula with the Arrayanes forest - the only one in the whole world. To visit this place please click on the left picture or follow the link: Arrayanes Forest
If you would like to see one of the top ten panoramic views in the whole world, then please take a chair-lift to the Cerro Capmanario by clicking on the left picture or follow the link:
Would you like to see this "oasis" of beauty in the middle of the Patagonian steppe? Then click on the left picture or follow the link:
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