Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina

Parque Nacional Nahuel HuapiParque Nacional Nahuel Huapi (Argentina Lake District)

Argentina's first National Park, Nahuel Huapi was founded in 1934 and has long been recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The main event is the dormant Volcano Tronador ('Thunderer') whose three immense peaks reach an impressive 3554 metres and mark the Argentina-Chile border.

Surrounding Tronador is an idyllic paradise for hikers and nature lovers to explore, however, a hike to the top of The Thunderer is only recommended for experienced hikers, well prepared for a four day trek through snow and ice. Those not up to the big climb can enjoy the waterfalls at the bottom and embark on shorter hikes which last between four and seven hours to see some of the ten glaciers, including the Ventisquero Negro (Black Glacier).

In the summer months between December and March the temperature is most agreeable for clambering about and discovering the hidden treasures of Nahuel Huapi as well as enjoying the diverse landscapes from glistening lakes and waterfalls to dense virgin forests and frozen glaciers.

You can also enjoy the Cerro Chico, a 65km trail around the Nahuel Huapi lake which offers fantastic views and is easily 'do-able' by bike, probably the nicest way to enjoy it. Catching the ski lift 2000m up the Cerro Catedral is a brilliant way to take in some unforgettable panoramic views of the park. This peak is also the most popular spot in the Cerro Catedral ski centre which is buzzing with natives and foreigners throughout the winter months.