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Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Lanín

Parque Nacional Lanín

Dominating the view in all directions along the Chilean border, the snowcapped cone of 3776m Volcán Lanín is the centerpiece of this national park, which extends 150km from Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi in the south …
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

One of Argentina's most-visited national parks, Nahuel Huapi occupies 7500 sq km in the mountainous southwestern Neuquén and western Río Negro provinces. The park's centerpiece is Lago Nahuel Huapi, a glacial remnan…
Top Choice National Park in Villa la Angostura

Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes

This small national park, encompassing the entire Quetrihué Peninsula that juts out into the waters of Lago Nahuel Huapi, protects remaining stands of the cinnamon-barked arrayán, a member of the myrtle family. In M…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Bariloche & the Lake District

Centro Paleontológico Lago Barreales

For true dino-freaks, the best place to satiate the hunger for bones is the Centro Paleontológico Lago Barreales, located 90km northwest of Neuquén. It's not open to casual visitors, but if you have a serious intere…
Top Choice Market in El Bolsón

Feria Artesanal

Local craftspeople sell their wares at this market, along the eastern edge of Plaza Pagano, which boasts over 300 artists, who make and sell everything from wooden cutting boards and handcrafted mate (a bitter ritua…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Varvarco

Parque Arqueológico Colomichicó

This small archaeological site features one of the most important collections of Pehuenche rock art in Patagonia. There are over 600 examples here, carved with symbolic figures and abstract designs. The site is 8km …
Top Choice Parrilla in Bariloche

La Parilla de Julián

This friendly, family-run parilla (steak restaurant) is a long-standing local favorite and one of the few places open on Sunday. Waiters bustle about, bearing beautifully grilled cuts of beef, cordero patagónico (sp…
Top Choice Fusion in Neuquén

Casa Tinta

This intimate little restaurant, decorated with vintage lanterns, offers a nightly three-course set menu, with several starters and mains to choose from, accompanied by a succinct wine list, carefully chosen by the …
Top Choice Winery in Neuquén

Bodega Malma

Under the same ownership as the Bodega del Fin del Mundo, this delightful winery 60km north of Neuquén allows you to sample its five wine ranges during its hourly wine-tasting tours (40 minutes). It's well worth hav…
Top Choice Italian in Circuito Chico

Il Gabbiano

At the best Italian restaurant in the region, chef Mimi Barchetta imbues each dish with plenty of amore, and it shows. Standout dishes include gnocchi with octopus ragout, tagliatelle alla boscaiola (with mushrooms …