Argentina. Villa la angostura

Population: 40,1 millions
Capital city: Buenos Aires
People: 85% European descent, 15% Mestizo, Indian and other minorities
Language: American Spanish, plus 17 indigenous languages
Religion: 93% roman catholic, 2.5% protestant, 2% jewish, 1.5% ukranian catholic, 1% armenian orthodox
Currency: Peso (ARS)

Mention Argentina, and people think about solitary gauchos or maybe tango dancers. It is country blessed with abundant natural resources and a highly educated population. The country boasts a wide variety of cultural attractions, but for many travelers, its natural wonders are the primary draw. From the northern deserts down to the southern Andean Cordillera, from the Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. For cosmopolitan types, there's the elegant capital, Buenos Aires. This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication, although travelers expecting a more 'South American' experience are sometimes disappointed with its European touch.

Argentina is one Latin American country where Europeans and North Americans can feel at ease and travel relatively inconspicuously. Argentina forms the eastern half of South America's long, tapering tail.

It's a large country - the eighth largest in the world, and the second largest on the South American continent. It borders Chile to the west (separated by the Andean Cordilleras range) and Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to the north and east (separated by rivers). It also shares the offshore island territory of Tierra del Fuego with Chile, and continues claiming the possession of the Malvinas Islands.

Argentina's topography is affected by both latitude and altitude, and is accordingly varied. The country can be divided into four major physiographic provinces: the Andes to the west (with arid basins, grape-filled foothills, glacial mountains and the Lake District), the fertile lowland north (with subtropical rainforests), the central Pampas (a flat mixture of humid and dry expanses) and Patagonia (a combination of pastoral steppes and glacial regions).


VILLA TRAFUL & VALLE ENCANTADO

Full day excursion, Villa Traful is considered one of the favourits excursions of our passangers. This region is one of the most wonderful landscapes. We can see nature, archeological places, and a visit this beautiful Mountain Village surrounded of forest, creeks and its principal attraction: the Traful Lake. We leave Villa La Angostura and take the road on direction to San Carlos de Bariloche to reach RN 237 to Confluencia Traful. We are going to see the changement of the landscape: we see how the Forest starts to desapared and we go through the Patagonic Steppe. In this part of the trip we can see a beautiful view, product of many years of vulcanism and erosion in Rio Limay Valley, called Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley). Then we get to Traful Valley to see the wonderful landscapes and its archeological remains. Before the Traful Valley we get to Cuyín Manzano Valley: a beautiful river surrounded of a huge wall of basalt, where, if we have good luck we can observe Condors that domains our sky. From there begins a valley of fertile lands and a microclimate that allows the agro-turist activity. Before we get to Villa Traful we arrive to the “Wind Balcony”, that is a cliff of glaciar origin that rises 70 meters over the level of the lake and allows a panoramic exceptional sight. After this stop, we continue our way to Traful. We arrive for lunch time to this Village of 500 habitants, which is hidden in the forest. Then we will continue the trip caming back for Seven Lakes road, across the magnificent Portezuelo, that takes us to 930 meters on the level of the sea. We are going to see the Mirror and the Correntoso lake, before we arrive to Villa La Angostura.