2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 6 Reviews

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  • Location: Bariloche, Argentina
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on spectacular Nahuel Huapi Lake and visit two unique forest habitats on this day trip from Bariloche. Ride a catamaran to Quetrihué Peninsula and enjoy a nature walk through the remaining arrayán forest in Los Arrayanes National Park. Then, stroll through a coniferous forest on Victoria Island, with amazing views of the lake and its surroundings.

Highlights

  • Catamaran cruise to Victoria Island and Los Arrayanes National Park
  • Enjoy a sightseeing cruise over Nahuel Huapi Lake with a local guide
  • Admire the cinnamon-colored bark of the arrayán trees in Los Arrayanes National Park
  • Look for the world’s smallest species of deer on the Quetrihué Peninsula
  • Ride a chair lift up Cerro Bella Vista on Victoria Island for panoramic views
  • Round-trip transport from your Bariloche hotel included

What You Can Expect

Nahuel Huapi Lake Sightseeing Cruise with Victoria Island and Arrayan Forest Nature Walk

Explore Nahuel Huapi Lake

After pickup from your hotel in Bariloche by your guide, board a comfortable catamaran at Puerto Pañuelo, situated at the foot of the famous Llao-Llao Hotel. Set sail for an hour-long ride on beautiful Nahuel Huapi Lake – located within Nahuel Huapi National Park – and admire the scenic views from every angle as you enjoy a lunch break aboard the boat (available for purchase or bring your own).

First, head to Victoria Island, the largest island on Nahuel Huapi Lake, and disembark at Puerto Anchorena. Enjoy a guided walk along several trails through the lush coniferous forest; your guide will show you a variety of trees – both native and introduced – including sequoias, birches, firs, aromos and pines.

If you visit during summer months, dip into the lake at Toro Beach if you’d like, or take the chair lift up Cerro Bella Vista (Bella Vista Hill), situated 2,950 feet (900 meters) above sea level and flanked by enormous coihue and cypress trees. Enjoy panoramic views of Victoria Island and magnificent Nahuel Huapi Lake, followed by a break at an island snack bar (own expense).

Next, disembark at Quetrihué Peninsula for a guided walk through the arrayán forest in Los Arrayanes National Park – a unique forest growing on the southern tip of the peninsula. A narrow isthmus to the mainland, in which the picturesque town of Villa Angostura resides, joins 2,470 acres (1,000 hectares) that comprise the Quetrihué Peninsula – the only place in the world where the arrayáns grow into full-sized trees.

Stroll along 2,000 feet (600 meters) of walkway and admire the singular beauty of the hundred-year-old arrayán trees, whose cinnamon-colored bark is cold to the touch and peels off in flakes, giving the trunk its unique appearance. Depending on the season, keep an eye out for their white flowers and pleasant-tasting purple fruit, popular in Argentina and Chile.

Your guide will point out a small cabin built in the middle of the forest, where you might also glimpse the pudú (a miniature species of South American deer) that inhabit the area. The world’s smallest deer, they are said to have inspired the famous Walt Disney character Bambi.

After a full day exploring, you'll be transported back to Bariloche.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

perfect

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

It was a great trip, although -- the tour was all in spanish-- and my husband did not get background history of the tour as it was not translated in English- I had to provide the translation. Beautiful scenery!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2015

To startling, the Company emailed via Viator to say they wouldn't pick us up from the hotel. Then they said they d picks up near the hotel, then they picked us up across the road from the hotel.

Nowhere on the Viator trip description did it say we would have to pay additional charges, nor did it say that the English speaking guide would only occasionally speak, english.

The trip itself was ok, a well run marketing tool with some lovely scenery.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2014

Our guide Sabestin didn't translate and only explained everything in Spanish; there is no chairlift (been out of commission since 2005; false advertising as the trip was not a "Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalized experience"! It was more like a sausage factory experience!!

1 star rating: I do not recommend this December 2013

The tour we got is nothing like discribed,we bought a tour for at most a group of 10 people with an english guid we got picked up from the hotel transfered to the port got on a bout with 150 tourists all the tour was in spanish .we asked for an explanetion from the tou guide on the bout and showd our tour discription, she knew nothing about, all she said is that she is not from the tour agency which is responsible for us.the tour agency which was supposed to take care of us had no representatives on bord the bout.it is very upseting to buy a tour and get only the transportation but no tour guide especialy becouse we are leaving on the 27 december.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2013

In the tour description on your website, the tour was described as a maximum of 10 people, in a catamaran with an English speaking guide. These we the reasons that I booked the tour. The tour was actually on a huge boat with about 80 other people on it. The guide did not speak English at all. Every instruction and examination was only in Spanish. I was extremely disappointed and felt the tour description on the Viator website did not accurately describe this tour. I felt very mislead by the description on the website and did not get what I paid for.

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