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Villa La Angostura

Altitude: 780 meters/2,558 feet, Populaiton: 7,526, Telephone Code: 02944

 

Villa La Angostura in Neuquén province is located in the middle of the Nahuel Huapi and Arrayanes National Parks and is the main entrance to the Seven Lakes corridor. Originally inhabited by the Mapuche Indian tribe, the area was infiltrated by Jesuits in the early 19th century. By 1902, though isolated because of the surrounding mountains and lakes, the Argentine government created a small settlement to help protect national borders. In 1903, the Italian pioneer Primo Capraro helped with colonization by building a sawmill and the first major hotel, Hotel Correntoso. By April, 1928, word had spread that the area was prime for logging, farming and animal grazing. General of War, Agustín P. Justo, visited the area and pushed for a telegraphic means of communication for the European settlers. The line was finally finished on October 12th, 1932. The Argentine government began to push town growth by offering land deals, hoping to create a more defined border with Chile. In 1934, the Nahuel Huapi National Park was created, further increasing tourism. The township was nationally and regionally recognized in 1948.

 

Today, this area has two high tourist seasons, summer and winter. In winter, when the temperatures reach 2ºC (35ºF), the main attraction is snowboarding and skiing in Bayo ridge. Summer weather, with temperatures of approximately 18ºC (64ºF), allows travelers to explore breathtaking spots such as the mountain range, Nahuel Huapi Lake, Lake Correntoso, the Arrayanes forest and the falls and rivers that make Villa La Angostura a real paradise on earth. Favorite summer activities include trekking, boating, horseback riding, mountaineering, and fly fishing. It is also possible to contract fishing and mountain guides to take you on private tours.

Throughout the year, Villa La Angostura organizes events and festivals. In February, "La Fiesta de los Jardines" promotes the development of gardens and parks in the city. On May 15, it is the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the city, and to organize sport activities, conferences and exhibitions. "La Carrera de Aventura", each October, has progressively gained an international status. Launched in 1999, this adventure race brings participants from all over the world to the most beautiful spots located in the Villa's vicinity.

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Things to do in Villa La Angostura

Canopy

123773Situated in the old growth forests of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, this canopy tour is 1.6 km long, and stops at 11 platforms. The distances between trees makes for a speedy decent, if so desired. ...
Other Activity
Villa La Angostura, Argentina

Parque Nacional de Arrayanes

123775The cinnamon-colored Arrayán trees (or Myrceugenella) only grow southern Argentina, and they flourish in the Seven Lakes area, home to the largest known specimens of Arrayanes on the planet. The ...
City Park
Villa La Angostura, Argentina

Futaleufu Ferry

123816The Futaleufu boat trip is aboard a state-of-the-art ferry boat. The ship carries 122 people and has the capacity to hold large, catered private parties. It is the only ship in Villa La Angostura ...
Boating
Villa La Angostura, Argentina

Movie Theater

Always nice for rainy days (which can happen in Villa La Angostura). Most movies have Spanish ...
Movie & Theater
Villa La Angostura, Argentina


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