Patagonia, a guide where to stay

Patagonia’s barren but breathtaking lands are dotted with huge estancias where you can learn to ride with the gauchos, fish in stunning mountain scenery, or just sit back and contemplate the mesmerising expanse of Argentine wilderness. In the winter, it is possible to go skiing in the mighty Andes.

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Where to Stay


    Near Junin de los Andes, Patagonia, Argentina

    Estancia Huechahue is a 15,000-acre cattle ranch on the River Alumine in the foothills of the Andes. It caters for all levels of horse rider, from beginner to expert, with riding programmes that are tailored to the individual’s requirements. Your stay can be based entirely at Huechahue, or include a longer trek in the Lanín National Park, in which case camping will be involved. For a real taste of Patagonian life, join a cattle drive. Horses will be matched to riders according to experience (none required, although you will get more out of the cattle drive if you are at least a competent rider). Full-board Price rating: 5/5


    Belgrano 210, Esquel 9200, Patagonia(00 54 929 4568 1726)

    Those keen on fishing should head for El Encuentro, a beautiful English-style country house, perfectly located on the banks of the Rio Grande (Futaleufú), about 40km from Esquel. Either owner Michael Beale (originally from England), a keen and expert fisherman, or one of his guides will take you out for some great trout fishing in beautiful mountain scenery. His wife Jane will look after you with typically warm Argentine hospitality. A stay at El Encuentro is full-board, which covers licences, guides and boats, as well as transfers from Esquel airport. Price rating: 4/5


    Avenida Ezequiel Bustillo Km. 25, Bariloche, Patagonia(00 54 2944 44 8530 )

    The Llao Llao Hotel and Resort is beautifully located in the Nahuel Huapi National Park on the road to Bariloche. There are 205 rooms, a golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym and a number of other facilities. President Clinton stayed here on his visit to Argentina. Price rating: 3/5


    Avenida Bustillo Km 11,5, Bariloche, Patagonia(00 54 2944 463131)

    El Casco is an elegant establishment 11km from Bariloche, which offers fantastic views and a great restaurant. It is close to both San Carlos de Bariloche and San Martín de los Andes, both of which are good ski resorts. Price rating: 4/5.

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