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advice on Lake District itinerary

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Thanks to this forum, I have plenty of ideas about places to stay, but please tell me what you think of this itinerary.

My husband and I are travelling with another couple. We prefer to see a small region in depth, so we're planning on t wo weeks in the Lakes, beginning the last weekend of January. We are hikers, not too big on car-based sight-seeing, and we love nice lodging (prefer small, intimate places) and good food and wine.

My tentative plan is to arrive in Bariloche on Saturday afternoon, and spend two nights there to get our bearings. Pick up a rental car, then head south to Parque Nacional Los Alerces (hoping to stay at Hosteria Futalaufquen) for two nights, spending Tuesday doing the boat/walking trip "Circuito Lacustre." Then to El Bolson for two nights (any suggestions on lodging are welcome), for hiking and visiting the crafts market on Thursday. Finally, four nights in San Martin (at La Cheminee?) and four nights in Villa la Angostura (hoping to stay at Patagonia Paraiso or Las Balsas).

I'm not too happy about the two night stays in the first three places; if I could eliminate one, I think it would be Bariloche. Will four nights in V la A allow us to explore the environs of Bariloche adequately?

Finally, I've read on this forum that travel agents can get better pricing. Is this true only for properties they "work with," or if I'm specific about where I'd like to stay, can they do that, as well? The TA's I've seen well-reviewed here are Mayra, Cinthia, and Ana (the latter based in V la A). Also Curiocity.

Thanks!!

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31. Re: advice on Lake District itinerary

avrooster, La Cascada was recommended by Gerardoargentina earlier in this thread; it is not in town. It's on Bustillo Ave (km 6, according to the website---means nothing to me, but probably does to you!) in a large park on the lake.

The company that owns Lago Verde Wilderness Resort also has a small property in Bariloche called Millaqueo. It's very small, and looks beautiful. Also not in town.

The Llao Llao just sounds too big and "fancy" to me. I like luxury, but prefer it on a smaller scale.

I do think we are going to go with a suite at Las Balsas over the other two choices.

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32. Re: advice on Lake District itinerary

trekkertoo:

Millaqueo IS you best choice, not to say LLAO LLAO isn´t amazing but you are sharp regarding Luxury in small scale ( its my personal taste too) , that´s Millaqueo. Must say I haven´t been in the Hotel...

but I do know Bariloche and Argentina and Argys in general quite well.

Go for it , you wont regret.

http://www.millaqueo.com/site.html

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33. Re: advice on Lake District itinerary

Thanks, Santiagov. I thought Millaqueo looked beautiful online (but then, if they don't look good on their own website...). And their rates don't seem any higher than La Cascada.

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34. Re: advice on Lake District itinerary

If you like small, cozy places, then you will love Las Balsas. It's very homey, and cute. The views are simply unbelievable, and the food is exquisite!

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35. Re: advice on Lake District itinerary

http://www.lacascada.com/index.html

I know La Cascada , the new and the old one as its changed hands some years ago and was refurbished ......and its not as "tailored " as it was. Again, my personal preference would be Millaqueo , even without knowing it .....

Now we are talking of "personal preferences" . all are very nice, great choices same as the LLAO LLAO.

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36. Re: advice on Lake District itinerary

OK, my latest e-mail to Mariana at Huilen Viajes (I am probably driving her crazy) requested:

1. One night at Onze Hotel (another Ten Rivers and Ten Lakes property) in Buenos Aires.

2. Three nights at Millaqueo in Bariloche.

3. Three nights at Lago Verde Wilderness Resort.

4. Three nights at either Tipiliuke or La Cheminee (San Martin).

5. Four nights in a suite at Las Balsas.

Sounds too decadent for words. If the price for the package just seems too out of control we will (regretfully) opt for La Chemineee over Tipiliuke. I will let you know what we finally decide on, and I PROMISE I will write a trip report next Feb when we get back!

Thank you all for your help.

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37. Re: advice on Lake District itinerary

All the way Tipiliuke is more expensive than La Chemine.

Its like comparing pear to apples, Tipiliuke is a Estancia in Junin de los Andes, La Cheminee is a hotel in San Martin ....totally diffrent choice.

Think that Tipiliuke will cost aprox U$S 400 a day !! Full service

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38. Re: advice on Lake District itinerary

We're planning a trip to Argentina in February, for our honeymoon hopefully for about three weeks.

Plan at the moment is fly to Buenos Aires, ferry to Montevideo, maybe stay in Punto del Este for about 5 days, then Iguassu for two nights. We'll do Buenos Aires at the end but are planning on spending the most amount of time hen Bariloche for the most part of it. Just wondering if anyone who's been there would recomment going to Bariloche and to Villa la Angostura as well or are they quite similar?

Thanks, all advice appreciated.

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39. Re: advice on Lake District itinerary

As far as amazing sceneries, possibilities for outdoor activities and great lodges, Bariloche and Villa, are similar yes. But, they are also very different. Bariloche is a huge city with wide, paved streets, shopping areas, mega dance clubs, and hip bars (such as Tequila), while Villa la Angostura is still very "virgin" not many paved streets, hidden lakes that regular people do not even know exist, waterfalls, the Bosque de Arrayanes - which is the only forest of its type in the world, cute little restaurants, small coffee shops and delis. It's almost like the center of town (which is divine) blends in with the surrounding trees and imposing mountains and lakes... It's peaceful - not like Bariloche where there is a mix between peace and crazyness at night... lots of young people, "explosive" bars, casinos, etc. They are both really beautiful and unique. I would go to both.

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40. Re: advice on Lake District itinerary

Thanks for the advice on Bariloche. We've actually decided to spend 6 nights in Bariloche because we're doing plenty of travelling elsewhere and it might be nice to relax for a week. There are plenty of hotels mentioned on this site and it's great to get the advice of people who have been there so much.

We're going on honeymoon in February but not really into typical honeymoon spots, just want a nice hotel near the lake. At the moment, trying to find out more about Bariloche, should we stay in the city for a couple of nights and then in one of the hotels outside the town or an estancia or not bother with city centre at all? We'll be definitely doing plenty of activities while we're there.

Not sure if some of these hotels that have been mentioned - Millaqueo for example, is it isolated?

Thanks for all the advice.

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