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It’s not easy finding a cruise you can fit into one day during your visit to the Patagonia region. This particular cruise from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas is perfect for travelers short on time, and it cruises the same route used by the first inhabitants of the region more than 400 years ago. Sit back and relax on the boat as you travel Chilean-Argentinian Patagonia area. Hotel pickup and drop-off is also included.
Tour the Curcuito Chico to get a taste of Bariloche's gorgeous natural attractions during this half-day excursion. In downtown Bariloche, see the houses of pioneers who settled the area, the Nautical Club and the Melipal neighborhood. Skirt Lake Nahuel Huapi on the journey to attractions like San Eduardo Chapel, Puerto Pañuelo and the Llao Llao Hotel. Stand in the shadow of the impressive Mt Campanario, looming 3,444 feet (1,050 meters) tall. In the short, 37-mile (60-km) journey, view the regions mountains, lakes and verdant forests. Round-trip transportation from Bariloche hotels is included.
Knowing Victoria Island and witnessing the Arrayanes Forest show, it is a pleasure that has already been experienced by millions of visitors to the National Park, but this Island still awaits with its intact conservation conditions, the next visitors who arrive to Puerto Anchorena to disembark and travel it.After an hour of navigation, departing from Puerto Pañuelo in the imposing Llao Llao Peninsula, you will arrive at the Quetrihue peninsula, the seat of the Arrayanes Forest, located in the northeast of Lake Nahuel Huapi.The Arrayan (Quetrihue in Mapuche language) is a bush of exquisite saffron and white flowers. In this place, unique in the world, take the wingspan of "tree" to form a magical and unusual forest. Then you navigate to Puerto Anchorena, Victoria Island, where it is possible to enjoy an indigenous flora, prolific in species of magnificent size.
Soft hike around this gorgeous lagoon in Lanin National Park, just a few minutes away from San Martín de los Andes. The trail is part of Huella Andina a net of trails that connect the different national parks of the Andean Patagonia. Along the way we will go through several environments: open areas of transition from steppe to forest with prevalence of shrubs and grasslands, Patagonian forest patches and meadows and aquatic environments in the lagoon and its surrounding areas. On each of them we can observe different bird species. Among them we can find several Patagonia endemics, such as ashy-headed geese, black-faced Ibis, Chilean flicker, thorn-tailed rayadito, white-throated tree-runner, chucao tapaculo, black-throated huet-huet, white-crested elaenia, Patagonian sierra-finch and fire-eyed diucon. If the weather is good we will enjoy a picnic by the lagoon.
We will carry out this journey in off-road vehicles transiting the imposing landscapes of the steppe of Rioja. Natural interpretation walk and wildlife sighting.Starting from your accommodation, we will go to the town of Villa Llanquín, we will cross stunning landscapes until we cross the Limay River with an old maroma raft and then enter the indomitable steppe. We will travel little traveled roads, colonized by the local flora and where only the wind breaks the infinite silence. We will stop at a viewpoint where we will make a short walk to enjoy an imposing view of Patagonia and discover the elusive local fauna.Lunch time will reach us after saving some slopes, there we will enjoy an exquisite picnic lunch.We will return to the route by a field footprint to meet again with the raft and the route we will travel to reach San Carlos de Bariloche in the afternoon.
Sailing from Puerto Pañuelo, on the Llao Llao peninsula, this excursion proposes you to know the Sentinel islet over an hour of navigation, where the remains of the Expert Francisco Pascasio Moreno, father of the National Parks in Argentina, rest. then arrive at the Waterfall of the Cantaros. Then, on the way up, you can enter the lush vegetation of the Valdivian jungle, reach the Cantaros Lake, the birthplace of the waterfall, to enjoy the overwhelming presence of a larch with more than 1,500 years. You will sail just five more minutes to finally reach Puerto Blest, the place that has amazed for years the tourists who visit it from the most diverse countries in the world. You can visit from there the bay and know the fringes of Lake Frias, whose peculiar green waters, come from one of the glaciers of Cerro Tronador, natural border between Argentina and Chile.
Collon Cura is probably the most important birding hotspot in Patagonia for the great amount species that can be found. An aquatic environment surrounded by the steppe and with the presence of many species from the pampas.