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.