An upmarket resort town on the northwestern shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, Villa la Angostura provides accommodations and services for nearby Cerro Bayo, a small but popular winter-sports center. The proliferation of chocolate shops on the main street makes it feel like a smaller version of Bariloche.

It’s worthwhile stopping by in summer for lake cruises and walks in the small but incredibly diverse Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes, and because this is the southern starting point for the breathtaking trip along the Ruta de los Siete Lagos.

The village consists of two distinct areas: El Cruce, which is the commercial center along the highway, and La Villa, nestled against the lakeshore, 3km to the south. Though La Villa is more residential, it still has hotels, shops, services and, unlike El Cruce, lake access. Puerto Manzano, in La Villa, is where boats leave for tours to the Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes.