THE LAKE DISTRICT
The majestic Andes... the crystal clear lakes... the volcanoes... the ancient forests... Bariloche is the gateway to Patagonia Argentina's beloved lake district, and La Casita del Lago is the perfect place from which to explore the region.
La Casita is perched on a half acre of mature forests above one of the true natural wonders of the world, Lake Nahuel Huapi. The Lake is the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, one of the oldest national parks in Argentina and considered to be Argentina's national treasure.
Lake Nahuel Huapi is more than 1437 feet deep (438 meters), an astonishing depth that creates the lake’s famous, crystal clear deep blue waters. Covering an area of 215 square miles (560 square kilometers), Lake Nahuel Huapi is dotted with islands, the largest of which is Isla Victoria (Victoria Island). This spectacular island is 12 miles long (20 kms) and 2.5 miles wide (4 km), is known for its’ stunning old-growth forests, and sits directly offshore La Casita to the northwest.
La Casita is one of the homes located closest to, and directly across the channel from, Isla Victoria.
A short drive from La Casita are dozens of breathtaking lakes, the Seven Lakes Scenic Drive, charming small towns and villages, and majestic peaks.
In addition to exploring the Lake District, guests can go skiing and snowboarding, play golf, go fishing, hike the wilderness, play polo, ride mountain bikes, go camping, ride horses, windsurf, sail a boat, go shopping, and enjoy some of the finest wine and gourmet cuisine in Latin America... all within a 30-minute drive of La Casita. Guests are also invited to use the lakefront spa and gym facilities at the Hotel Tunquelen located three kilometers from Casita Llao Llao; for a nominal fee.
Bariloche to Llao Llao - 21 miles
Soon I was speeding through Bariloche, heading toward a vista so surreal it could have been painted by Magritte—towering mountains of sheer granite crowned by glistening snow. Did one peak really look like an eagle's head? The road wound past luxe vacation homes hidden in the woods along Lake Nahuel Huapi, the biggest of the region's lakes, its cobalt blue waters whipped to a froth by the Andean winds. Then the Llao Llao swung into view—a vast, rustic, neo-Helvetian pile on a hilltop, with Nahuel Huapi on one side and a smaller lake on the other. A little log chapel sat with woods as a backdrop. Roses climbed the rail fence along the driveway. [Full Article]