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Located just 40 miles north of Bariloche, on the banks of the Limay River, is the Enchanted Valley. The area gained its evocative name thanks largely to the presence of vivid volcanic rock formations, eroded over time by the fierce Patagonian wind and rain. The phenomenon has produced a number of 'figures' here, including a lion, a castle, a tower and even a train, if you can use your imagination.

The area also provides a home to more than 80 bird species and several walks afford sightings of some of these, as well as some spectacular views. Caves used by nomadic tribes for shelter can also be visited, giving an insight into their lifestyle many centuries ago.

Some of our favourite places to visit and things to do in the Argentine Lake District
What to do in the Argentine Lake District

Hiking in Nahuel Huapi

Immerse yourself in the splendid landscapes of the Argentine Lake District on a half-day hike.

Seven Lakes Road

Enjoy one of Argentina's most spectacular drives, between Villa La Angostura and San Martín de los Andres.

Horse riding in the Argentine Lake District

Ride across the open valleys of Northern Patagonia, looking out for local birds and enjoying sweeping views.

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