How to get there and move around
To visit the north of the Andean Patagonia (Villa Pehuenia, Moquehue Lake and Caviahue-Copahue), it is best to start from the airport of the capital city of Neuquén. You can access the central area (from Bariloche to San Martín de los Andes) from two different airports: one in San Martín (Chapelco), and the other one in Bariloche. To visit the southern area (El Bolsón, Esquel, Los Alerces National Park, Trevelin), the best airport is the one in Esquel.
You can explore most of this region by car. The main route connecting several of the must-see attractions of the Andean Patagonia is the legendary Route 40, which is completely paved and in good condition. Some secondary routes and the accesses to the lakes and national parks are made of gravel, and it is recommended to check the roads condition in advance.
If you are not travelling by car, you can take tours to most of the attractions. You can visit some circuits by bike. There are also medium and long distance bus services connecting the most important cities and towns.
In winter, it is important to use snow chains and to always check the conditions of secondary routes.
Where to stay
There are several accommodation options in Caviahue, Villa Pehuenia, Moquehue, Aluminé, Junín de los Andes, San Martín de los Andes, Meliquina, Villa Traful, Villa La Angostura, Bariloche, El Bolsón, Lago Puelo, El Hoyo, Trevelin, Esquel, Corcovado and Río Mayo.
There are also several places to camp, as well as cottages, rural accommodation and farms.
When to go
All year round. If you wish to practise winter sports, go between June and September. If you wish to go trekking, biking or enjoy other activities in nature, go between October and April. If you wish to enjoy the beaches and practise some water sports, it is best to go from December to March.
More information: Link to CLIMOGRAPH AND NATURE'S CALENDAR.