Catamaran Cruise to Victoria Island & Arrayanas Forest
- Catamaran cruise: Soak up gorgeous mountain scenery as you skim along the sapphire-blue waters of the vast lake that gives its name to Nahuel Huapi National Park.
- Victoria Island: Landing on the shores of the park's largest island, you'll follow leafy trails into the interior, where cave paintings mark the dwellings of the island's original inhabitants.
- Los Arrayanes National Park: Reboard for the ride to the trails of Quetrihue Peninsula and its forests of rare arrayanas (myrtle) trees – the oldest in the world.
About this Bariloche tour
This is one of those rare times when you can think to yourself, "Government bureaucrats rule!" In this case, they made two very wise decisions, protecting more than two million acres of wrenchingly beautiful mountain and lake scenery by declaring them national parks.
Your tour takes you to two magnificent forests at the north end of serene Nahuel Huapi Lake, part of the national park of the same name. This crystal-clear, 300-square-mile lake fills out a glacier-scooped depression 2,500 feet above sea level, an elevation that keeps it a brisk 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Huapi is also home to Nahuelito, the Argentine version of the Loch Ness Monster. Its existence is as fiercely debated here as Nessie's is in Scotland, but we can report with confidence that no catamarans have been attacked.
At Victoria Island, you can meander along nature trails that wind past giant sequoias, oaks, pines, eucalyptus, cypresses, and other species. Along the way, you may encounter a pudu, claimed to be the smallest deer in the world, as well as red deer, pheasants, and a menagerie of birds.
The second leg of your voyage lands at Quetrihue Peninsula in Los Arrayanes National Park. Here you'll find the incomparable Myrtle Forest, the only place in the world where the cinnamon-color arrayanes trees – some more than six centuries old –rise over 45 feet tall. It's also home to a beautiful wooden cabin; according to local lore, this cozy cottage, and the pudu deer that roam the area, inspired Walt Disney's vision for the forest in Bambi. Some even say that he lived here for a while. But, like sightings of Nahuelita, the truth is hard to pin down. All we can say for sure is that by the time you've finished this tour, you'll have a much higher opinion of bureaucrats.
The rock art of Victoria Island
Victoria Island holds signs and secrets of native cultures that inhabited the area 800 years ago, including textiles, ceramic shards, even old wooden canoes. Perhaps most dramatic are the paintings found in dozens of caves around the Island. Follow the trail to the volcanic sands of Playa del Toro (Bull Beach) and you'll be able to see some of the native artwork.
Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with GoBe or your name on it.
Food and beverages can be purchased at stops on the tour.
The paths at Bosque de Arrayanes are approximately 0.5 miles of wooden boardwalk with steps. Not recommended for wheelchairs.
Full Day, Cultural, Scenic, Boat Tour, Walking Tour
English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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