1 Bariloche

The region’s principal town boasts plenty of amenities – plus it has some of the most handsome Lake District landscapes right on its doorstep.

2 Lake District beer

The local breweries serve a variety of highly drinkable real ales from palest rubia to dark stout.

3 Cerro Catedral

Whether you choose to hike it in summer, or ski it in winter, this peak in Nahuel Huapi park affords fabulous views of craggy mountains and rich blue lakes.

4 Ruta de los Siete Lagos

The scenic Seven Lakes Route swings past at least a dozen meres whose waters range from deep ultramarine to delicate turquoise.

5 La Trochita

A much-loved steam-train that featured in Paul Theroux’s The Old Patagonian Express – follow his example and take a trip down the memory tracks.

6 Volcán Lanín

Climb the slopes of a woodcut-perfect volcano that reigns over its namesake national park – or just admire the views from a peaceful lakeside vantage point.

7 Giant dinosaurs

Gawp up at some of the biggest dinosaur remains ever found or check out a clutch of unique titanosaur eggs – all within reach of Neuquén city.

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