A_ Estancia Peuma Hue: Located on the banks of the Gutierrez Lake (210 hectares!) and within the Nahuel Huapi National Park, this eco-lodge offers an all-inclusive service as well as the B&B modality, for the more independent souls. Surrounded by a breathtaking natural setting you will be able to choose one of these activities while staying here: trekking, kayaking, stand-up paddle, horseback rides, yoga, among others. www.peuma-hue.com
Kayak on the Lago Gutierrez
B_ Huemules, Mountain reserve: its dome lodges in the middle of Patagonia are beyond doubt the greatest attraction in this place. They feature Queen-size box frame beds with duvet eiderdowns, all details that speak of Huemules’s comfort and elegance. www.huemules.com
Domes in the Patagonian forest
C_ La Serena Estancia: Framed by the vast Lake Buenos Aires, this place lies in one of Patagonia’s marvels: with the plateau as scenery, the volcanic stones, the turquoise blue lake, La Serena becomes one of the most desired lodges while traveling round Patagonia. www.estancia-la-serena.business.site
Aerial view Estancia la Serena
D_ Estancia Lagos del Furioso: This estancia lies in between two lakes, Lake Pueyrredon and Lake Posadas, each of a different color, attaining a unique contrast in this enchanted scenery. Not to mention Cerro San Lorenzo, which grants a wonderful tinge to it all… www.lagosdelfurioso.com
Lagos del Furioso Estancia
E_Aguas Arriba Lodge: This hotel lies by the Lago del Desierto, some 37 km away from El Chalten. The privacy, the charm of the place, with Fitz Roy Mount and Cerro Torre as witnesses, plus the Vespignani Glacier across the lake, they all close your stay with a final flourish. www.aguasarribalodge.com
View from the Aguas Arriba Lodge Hotel
F_ Eolo, Patagonia´s Spirit: The luxury of simplicity! This tag line is a concise description of this paradise-like hotel. Its establishment and history are closely linked to the criollo and European inhabitants in the area. With a land area of 4,000 hectares, this lodge is located in between Calafate and the Glaciers National Park. www.eolopatagonia.com
Aerial view of Eolo, Patagonia’s Spirit
Local knowledge for independent travelers
General recommendations for the road
● Always remember to use sun block and wear sun glasses.
● When it becomes too windy…slow down.
● Before choosing the right vehicle and the number of passengers in the car, make sure there is enough space for your baggage.
● Stay well-hydrated. Make sure there is enough water at all times.
● Every three hours…active rest for everyone.
● If you leave the hotel early in the morning, ask for breakfast to go.
● Carry sandwiches, cookies, or any other snack to take the edge off your hunger till your next stop.
● Wear comfortable clothes.
● “A guanaco!” For most of the journey these animals will keep you company, so drivers and co-drivers, watch out for them!
● Carry cash with you, as many places don’t take credit or debit cards.
● The map on the phone works without an Internet connection, but you need to open it when you have access to your mobile data or a WIFI connection.
● Create at least four playlists for your journey. You will need them.
● Fuel! There are two reasons for stopping at every gas station on the way: the first one, as a precaution, as it a better idea to have your tank filled each time you come across one station (there aren’t too many and they are sometimes out of fuel). The second reason: some of these stations will make you travel back in time; they look like something out of a movie (Bajo Caracoles or Tres Lagos). As you see them you will feel compelled to capture that moment…
Some jewels off the road
Puma sightings in the Patagonia National Park: Set up by Douglas Tompkins, The Rewilding Foundation seeks, through a sustainable initiative, to turn the sighting of pumas into an attraction within the Patagonia National Park, thus discouraging the belief that pumas are a plague for the livestock or the target of hunting, as well as benefiting the activity of regional economies. This type of “safari” is guided by biologists and must be organized in advanced.
Puma Concolor – Patagonia
Catedrales de Marmol (Marble Cathedrals), in Chile: On a full-day excursion that goes from Los Antiguos, through the Andes Mountains, travelers reach Chile and the southern banks of the General Carrera Lake. From that point they embark on an exclusive sailing tour to visit Catedrales de Mármol- breathtaking colorful rocky formations surrounded by a landscape entirely different from the ones you will find along Route 40.
Marble Cathedrals – Chile
Where should we eat?
Patagonia’s cuisine is exquisite and varied. This region’s diverse local culture and local ingredients combine to attain new and intense flavors.
For hours, while on the road, you are unlikely to find a wide range of eateries. Thus, for some stretches of the itinerary we strongly suggest you carry your own food. If you have no choice, you may always adjust your palate to whatever you find in gas stations, which sometimes may turn out to be a pleasant surprise (we highly recommend the one in Gobernador Gregores, where you will be offered mouth-watering empanadas, milanesas (beef or chicken schnitzel) and sandwiches for the rest of the journey).
In the different destinations there is a wider selection of places to eat, where the menus excel for their local flavors. We believe you shouldn’t miss:
● La Salamandra Pulperia (San Carlos de Bariloche): Some distance away from the city, but with a variety of dishes that delights both locals and tourists. Beef is one big favorite among visitors.
● PilPil, Sabores de la Patagonia (Esquel): Its wines and beers are the perfect match for the broad selection of dishes served here. Easy access and an exceptional service.
● El Rastro del Choike (Los Antiguos): Being in “the middle of nowhere” you will need the best options for the road. Here you can guarantee yourself generous portions and a varied menu.
● La Tapera (Chalten): After the diverse hikes or some demanding journey, eating well becomes essential. Within La Tapera’s magical environment fill yourself with new energy by eating the best dishes served.
● Kau Kaleshen (El Calafate): The perfect combination between healthy food and the different techniques used with the unique flavors of this Argentine region. We shouldn’t forget to highlight the coziness of the place.