Isla Victoria
"Isla Bonita" on Nahuel Huapi Lake

Isla Victoria - secluded island in the middle of the Nahuel Huapi Lake in the Central Andes Bariloche Lake District.

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 Victoria Island Info

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     Victoria Island – a long stretch of land in the center of the Nahuel Huapi Lake in the province of Rio Negro (Argentina) as most of this Central Andes Lake District area was shaped during the last glacial period.

The island is about 20 km long and varies in width from about 200 meters (central area of Puerto Anchorea) to 4 km.

Its highest peak Burnt Hill with about 260 meters above the lake level dominates the island. Records from 16th century show that in pre-Hispanic times the island was inhabited by population of Puelches (indigenous people closely related to Mapuches) and Poyas. However by the end of 18th century Spanish missionaries and explorers found the island deserted.

     The “island’s clock” re-started ticking in 1902 when a wealthy man named Aaron Anchorena and his few friends visited the island as tourists (probably first ever!). Amazed by the beauty of the island, its natural harbors and in surrounding it area of the Nahuel Huapi lake Mr. Anchorena decided to transform the island into his vision of a “little paradise”.

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Victoria Island seen from the Nahuel Huapi lake (seagulls will "gracefully" take any food from your hand if it happens that you are standing on the deck of catamaran cutting the waters of the lake).

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2nd from the left - trunk of the Patagonian Cypress;
On the right - Avenida des Gigantes formed by Californian Sequoias.

Under his watch the central part of the island was slowly transformed by introduction of exotic trees and ornamental plants from all over the world, designing walking paths for tourists, hoarse-riding trails and necessary infrastructure supporting his dreams.

     Today, the most visible memory of these times are Californian sequoias forming the “Avenida de Gigantes” (Alley of Giants). His two story wooden house build in 1904 sheltering library, small museum and cellar is declared the National Patrimony.

Due to “disputes” with the government, Anchorena ceased activities on the Victoria Island some ten years later. Following years can be called “Dark Ages” as the island was over-exploited ending as a highly deforested “no-man’s land” with almost exterminated due to over-hunting wildlife.

Things changed once the island become part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park in 1937. Attention was raised to conservationism and protection with development of sustainable tourism. The island was divided in three sections – Tourist Sections available for visitors, and trekkers, Wilderness Section with access to small guided groups along the selected paths and Strict Reserve Section accessible only by park employees and scientists. 

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“Bosque Geometrico”

       “Bosque Geometrico” – the regularity of this forest indicates the human hand. Indeed this plantation of Piña Ponderosa (Ponderosa Pine known also as Bull Pine) dates from early 1940s.

Due to the fast growing rate and high tolerance to the local climate (name Bull Pine is telling a lot) these foreign trees are actually endangering populations of native species in this area. It is a concern for environmentalists and administration of the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

But Isla Victoria is not only about exotic trees, imposing cypresses or sequoias. Flowers - reminiscence of Mr. Anchorena times, beautiful trails across island's wilderness, beaches and views on surrounding areas are part of the island's charm that free Isla Victoria Bariloche pictures site tries to share with you on the next page.

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Gallery of pictures

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This is the "environment" where the Mother Nature created the secluded place called Victoria Island

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House of Mr. Aaron Anchorena witnessed more than 100 years of island's history.

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Right: One of the trails going deep into the island that you can access only with guide.

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Do you want to see the oasis of an unspoiled and charming beauty in the middle of the Patagonian steppe? Then please click on the left picture or select the link: Limay River Amphitheater

Or select the link: Lake District Maps  if you want to learn more about the Bariloche Lake District, find information about activities, trails, see maps and of course pictures...

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