Bar­iloche’s best hikes

Lonely Planet (UK) - - The Other Lake District -

EASY BOSQUE AR­RAYÁNES 7 miles, 3 hours one-way

On the north side of Lake Nahuel Huapi is the Bosque de Ar­rayánes – a re­serve ded­i­cated to the rare cin­na­mon-barked ar­rayán tree. A well-marked trail starts from near the town of Villa La An­gos­tura, strik­ing south into the forests of Quetri­hué Penin­sula. At the tip of the penin­sula is the park head­quar­ters, where boats are on hand to shut­tle hik­ers back to the start of the trail (par­ques­na­

MEDIUM REFU­GIO FREY 6 miles; 3 hours one way

Open year-round, Refu­gio Emilio Frey is one of the most pop­u­lar and ac­ces­si­ble refuges in the Bar­iloche area – book­ing in ad­vance is es­sen­tial in peak sea­son. A well-trod­den path be­gins at Cerro Cat­e­dral ski re­sort car park. The refuge serves hearty meals in­clud­ing piz­zas and steaks. Say hello to Emilio the cat (from £10 per night; refu­giofrey­bar­

HARD LA­GUNA NE­GRA 9 miles; around 5 hours one way

The La­guna Ne­gra trail starts at Colo­nia Suiza – the first Euro­pean set­tle­ment in the Bar­iloche area. The path fol­lows the rush­ing wa­ters of the Goye stream, head­ing south through thick coihue for­est. It even­tu­ally reaches La­guna Ne­gra and the bright red Refu­gio La­guna Ne­gra (aka Refu­gio Man­fredo Se­gra). It’s open Novem­ber to May, and serves home-brewed beer (£17 per night, refu­gi­o­la­gu­nane­

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