Academia Buenos Aires
Conventional cruise Safari Nautico (AR$70, one hour) tours Brazo Rico, Lago Argentino and the south side of Canal de los Témpanos. Catamarans crammed with up to 130 passengers leave hourly between 10:30am and 4:30pm from Puerto Bajo de las Sombras. If it’s a busy day, buy tickets in advance for the afternoon departures.
Along the road past the visitors center (you can also access it via a path from the Estación Central trailhead) is the entrance to this nature trail, which leads through dense forest to a nearly hidden waterfall, Salto Arrechea .
Using know ledgeable guides, this is the best option for appreciating the national park’s flora and fauna.
From San Martín, RN 234 follows an eminently scenic but rough, narrow and dusty route past numerous alpine lakes to Villa la Angostura. It’s known as the Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route) and its spectacular scenery has made the drive famous.
The second stop is for this two-hour safari, which includes a 3km trailer ride through the jungle, a 600m walk to a small waterfall and then a boat ride up towards the falls. Don’t confuse it with the Macuco trail on the Argentine side.
An interesting sports complex for those seeking outdoor activities is Perú Beach . Short soccer fields, a covered roller rink, a freestanding climbing wall and water sports such as kayaking bring in the crowds. There’s also a grassy lawn and outdoor tables for refreshments – great on a sunny day. It’s more of a social scene than anything else, and families are welcome.