Rio Aluminé flows past rocky hillsides covered with pine trees.

Visit Junín de los Andes in Northern Patagonia

Styling itself Neuquén’s “trout capital,” Junín also provides the best access to the central sector of Parque Nacional Lanín, which takes its name from the symmetrical cone along the Chilean border. Here are the sights to see and things to do–heavy on sports and recreation–and trip planning tips.

Two swans with black necks and bright red beaks swim through the water.

Visit Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca in Argentina

Designated a major international wetland under the Ramsar convention, Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca has a large breeding population of striking black-necked swans. It’s also the place to spot coots, ducks, grebes, gulls, upland geese, and the occasional flamingo.

Plan a Visit to El Bolsón, Argentina

El Bolsón, Argentine Patagonia’s counterculture capital, may be the place to replace your faded tie-dyes. It’s also a beauty spot in a fertile valley between stunning longitudinal mountain ranges ideal for hiking. Here are highlights for travelers, along with information to help plan your visit from getting there to what to see and do.

Enjoy a walk through the trees in Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes.

Discover Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes

Ideal for hiking and mountain biking, Argentina’s Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes is best reached through the nearby town of La Villa. You can easily spend a half or full day exploring the park’s tails; non-hikers wishing to see the impressive forest can board a chartered boat to cross the lake.

Bariloche is a pleasant, busy ski resort town in the foothills of the Andes in northern Patagonia.

Volunteer with Spanish in Bariloche, Argentina

Spanish in Bariloche is a language school that works with several different organizations near the busy ski resort town, providing the opportunity to combine formal language lessons with volunteering. Learn about the volunteer work coordinated by the school, the benefits of its programs, along with the practical details and free time activities.

View across Lago Lacar to San Martin de los Andes, Argentina.

Visiting the Resort Town of San Martín de los Andes

San Martín de los Andes has become one of the lakes district’s most fashionable resorts. Nestled in the hills near Lago Lácar, it owes its appeal to its surrounding scenery, the trout that thrash in Parque Nacional Lanín’s lakes and streams, and the ski boom that began at nearby Chapelco in the 1940s.

Visitors explore exhibits in a room dominated by large dinosaur skeletons.

Neuquén’s Dinosaur Triangle

Where there’s oil, there are dinosaurs, and Neuquén’s sedimentary steppe is one of Argentina’s late-Cretaceous hot spots. This triangle of sites near the provincial capital makes an ideal (if long) full-day excursion.