Introduction to Villa La Angostura
TRAVEL ALERT Since the 4th of June, Chile’s Puyehue volcano chain has been spewing ash into the air and Villa de La Angostura is directly downwind. Besides delaying and canceling flights as far away as Australia, the ash has covered the area around Villa de La Angostura and it is not recommended that you go there at this time.
While most would look at this as a disaster, we see an opportunity to save money while helping the local economy recover. Once the volcano stops errupting and a few good rains wash away most of the ash, it will be an excellent time to visit the area. With hotel cancellations running around 80%, there will surely be some deals and plenty of availability. Check back here often as we will be posting the deals we find on this page.
Across the lake from Bariloche, Villa La Angostura is a smaller quainter town known as a haven for rich and famous Argentines. The views of the lake and a walk down the beautiful Quetrihue Peninsula to the Los Arrayanes National Park will suffice to explain why. The town also serves as one of the endpoints to the Camino de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Road). In the winter there is skiing at nearby resort Cerro Bayo.
Where to stay in Villa La Angostura
How to get to and around Villa La Angostura
The bus terminal in Villa La Angostura (tel. (02944) 494961) is located on Av. Siete Lagos 36 (corner Ave. Arrayanes).
During the summer only, Albus and Algorrobo offer transport directly to San Martín de los Andes via the Seven Lakes Road. During the winter you must take the longer, but paved route.
To Buenos Aires transfer in Neuquén ( 8 hours). To Osorno, Chile via Paso Cardenal Samoré (4 hours depending on delay at immigration ). To Bariloche, several daily year around (2 hours), but consider taking the boat if you
It is possible to go the Puerto Pañuelo (near Llao Llao hotel) in Bariloche from the dock near the town center or at the Los Arrayanes National Park. While this might not be the most practical way to get to Barilche, it certainly more attractive route. Ask at your hotel or the tourist information office for boat schedules
The official internet site of Villa La Angostura. Tourist information in front of the bus station.
Things to do in Villa La Angostura
A trip to the Los Arrayanes National Park is a must. This can be done on foot, by mountain bike, via boat, or through a combination of the three, but anyway you do it, it is important to start early. At the entrance to the park they will deny you entry after a certain hour. On foot or bike it is a 25km round trip hike and can take up to 6 hours, but the hike is lovely and worth every meter of it. Don´t be deterred by the beginning of the hike – it starts very hilly but levels off after a bit. Optionally take the boat and hike back.
A trip down the Seven Lakes Road is another "must see" in the summer. This can be done via public transport, by hiring a vehicle or by bike.