Bariloche Lake District
Argentinean “Little Switzerland”

Bariloche Lake District: Argentinean "Little Switzerland" – the charming Andean area of breathtaking vistas at the border of the Argentina and Chile.

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Lake District: Cerro Campanario tour continued...

       Then as far as you can see - islands and peninsulas shielded by lush vegetation, then mountains – some of bare rock, others, higher still snow-capped – all that is a fairy-tale like dream. But it all happens in front of you (you can pinch yourself to be sure)!

Although tour guides almost unanimously claim that the view from Cerro Campanario is out of this world regardless the weather – be it rainy, foggy or cloudy, personally I think that the best time for this tour is a sunny morning.

The sunlight will unravel the far reaching landscape in full spectrum of colors and shades that otherwise will stay blurred, fuzzy and even hidden from your sight.

Yes, it is possible that a rainy or foggy weather may show you a totally different yet equally splendid visual spectacle, you may be even rewarded by rainbows but certainly nothing can match the spectacular effects of sun. ...continued at the end of the page after the gallery of pictures ..

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Take deep breath before looking at these panoramic vistas as they are breathtaking :-)

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Panoramic view from the upper deck of the cafeteria on top of the hill.

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Right - silver mirror of the Moreno lake.

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Vista on the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes from the Punto Panoramico

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There is also something for bird watchers - a Chimango Caracara - bird of prey from the family of Falconidae.

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Left - Famous luxury hotel Llao-llao.
Right - Along El Trebol lagoon you will see crystal clean waters of the Moreno lake.

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Small Circuit trail - close up and personal with the waters along El Trebol Lagoon....

     Morning sun illuminates the most beautiful lakes stretching in all directions ending on the wall of snow capped mountains on the horizon.

You will see lakes Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreño, Lago Gutierrez, Peninsulas San Pedro and Llao Llao, El Trebol Lagoon, Victoria Island, Cerro Otto, Cerro Cathedral, Cerro Lopez, and Goye and the nearby city San Carlos de Bariloche.

On the top you will find the cafeteria and gift shop with a large terrace on the top. Interesting enough – the terrace offering panoramic views is almost empty as visitors unaware of this observation platform mostly crowd the smaller, individual observation decks on the sides of the mountain.

The iron cross on the top of the mountain commemorates the first mass celebrated here on February 2, 1930 by Monsignor De Andrea.

For those more patient and ready to endure some physical effort- there is a hiking path to the top of the Cerro Campanario. It is not difficult but in some places you may feel that it is a “little” steep. Usually it takes about 30 to 45 minutes climbing through trees and bushes to reach the top.

     The physical effort will take some breath from you but there is nothing to worry about, anyhow on the top you will stay speechless…..

The views are spectacular. The truth is that you do not know where to look first.

I hope that these free lake district pictures from the Cerro Campanario tour helped you to discover true diamonds in the crown of the nature – the picturesque Andean area near San Carlos de Bariloche. This marvelous landscape extends to Chile with more lakes like Lago Todos los Santos and snow-capped volcano Osorno to name only the most remarkable spots.

BTW – from Argentinian Bariloche you can make a “boat trip” to Puerto Montt on the Pacific side of the Chile by “jumping” across the mountains from lake to lake. 

If you want to live once again emotions experienced on the top of Cerro Campanario hill then click: Cerro Campanario  previous (page 1)

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

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Not far from the Cerro Campanario, 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 




Free Iguazu Falls Pictures


However if you like to see water "in action" then there is nothing more magnificent and powerful the Iguazu Waterfalls. To start the tour please clickon the left picture or on the following link:
Iguacu Falls 



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