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Villa La Angostura: a mountain range village

Surrounded by forests and lakes is Villa La Angostura, this wonderful mountain range corner considered the gateway to the Arrayanes National Park.

Villa La Angostura

In the south of the Province of Neuquén on the northwest bank of Nahuel Huapi Lake, there is a mountain village in the heart of the Patagonian mountain range. Villa La Angostura integrates the Corridor de los Lagos along with other towns in the southwest of the Province. It also forms the Corridor of Route 40. This unites the whole country from north to south through the magnificent Andes Mountains.

A village is born

The town was officially founded on May 15, 1932 with the inauguration of the Correntoso radio station. Its name is due to the isthmus or angostura of the Quetrihué peninsula where the myrtle forest is located.

Villa La Angostura today is a warm mountain range village. Its buildings built in stone and wood, are in harmony with nature. They have given it a typical image of mountain village. It has about 11,063 inhabitants (according to 2010 Census) who live mainly on tourist activity.

A privileged natural setting

Surrounded by a lush forest of old coihues, ñires and lengas next to lakes and rivers with crystal clear waters, the mountains that surround this magical mountain range village dress in colors and textures. It is a privileged natural environment that is protected within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. It provides the ideal space for various adventure activities. Also rides or circuits available throughout the year. Horseback riding, mountain biking, bird watching or trekking along the paths of Huella Andina and through the circuits of the Inacayal waterfalls, Rio Bonito, Dorada and Santa Ana.

Los Arrayanes National Park can be visited via a 12 km journey on foot or bicycle. It can also be reached by a boat that sails the waters of the majestic Nahuel Huapi Lake. The latter, along with the lake and Correntoso river, are ideal places for nautical activities. For example, kayaking, boating and windsurfing. Or simply enjoy the magnificent volcanic sand beaches that surround the lakes of the villa and its surroundings.

These aquatic environments are also excellent sport fishing spots for rainbow and brown trout. Especially the mouth of the Correntoso River constituted as a preferential zone.

The route that connects Villa La Angostura to San Martín de los Andes is the Seven Lakes Route. These are Nahuel Huapi, Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner and Machónico. 112 km crossing a unique natural landscape in the country.

During the winter, the ski centre located on Cerro Bayo offers visitors more than 20 slopes. In addition, 12 lifting means and 200 hectare where you can practice all the modes of skiing and snowboarding. It also has all the necessary services for the skier to have a pleasant day.

A cultural circuit

The Pioneer Way invites you to visit the historic route of Villa La Angostura through ancient architectures. The “Old Bowling”, the inn Santa Maria with the grandfather cypress, the church Our Lady of the Assumption, the residence El Messidor of a characteristic medieval style and the “Correntoso”; the first hotel in the villa. Ending this tour with a visit to the Regional Historical Museum.

A mountain villa with all amenities

Rest, warmth, adventure and all the necessary services for visitors. Hotels, inns, cottages and campsites of different categories and excellent gastronomy accompanies the stay.

Dishes made with deer, wild boar and trout are some of the specialties of the villa's chef. Always accompanied by excellent drinks such as craft beer brewed in the village.

The town also has public transport services, fuel supply, ATM, Tourist Reports Office and the Arrayanes Congress and Convention Centre with a capacity for up to 400 people.

To cross into Chile is the Cardenal Samoré border crossing point. It connects Villa La Angostura with the Chilean towns of Osorno and Puerto Montt.

Source: Ministry of Tourism of the Province of Neuquén

Publication Date: 15/05/2020

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