10 Best Things To Do In Villa Pehuenia, Argentina

things to do in Villa Pehuenia
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Villa Pehuenia, Argentina is an incredible location that exhibits the most amazing variety of seasons within a mountainous landscape. With a terrain that includes a volcano, lakes, mountains and grasslands there are endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to experience every kind of adventure, from river rafting to skiing. The quiet and serene environment is also home to the Mapuche communities that open their spaces to visitors for their festivals and cultural exhibitions. You can also experience local cuisine as Villa Pehuenia hosts Patagonia’s infamous Chef Festival.

Horsback riding, bird watching and dog sledding within Villa Pehuenia will provide you with an interesting way of looking at the flora and fauna around you. If you prefer to trek on your own feet then you can book one of the various, impressive tours that will take you through all of the region’s environmental gems such as Lake Quillen. This area is also famous for its fly fishing and there are many guides available to take you to the best spots to spend your day around the most peaceful lakesides. Visiting Villa Pehuenia will definitely help you maximize your time in Patagonia by letting you revitalize your senses in every way with its grandiose surroundings that bring the best of nature forward for every season. Read on to learn about the best things to do in Villa Pehuenia!

1. 1. Enjoy a tour around the region's lakes and mountains

Batea Mahuida · Villa Pehuenia
Source: Photo by user Seba Della y Sole... used under CC BY 2.0

You have the option of taking a seven day tour that will take you through Villa Pehuenia as well as other lake districts that are surrounded by the Andes Mountains and all their glory. There are opportunities to travel via boat and horseback and go hiking through the region and stop at landmarks that accentuate the beauty of the landscape. Or if you need a shorter time commitment then try this day long tour from nearby San Martin de los Andes and that will take you through lakes, volcanoes and Native Communities so that you can catch a worthwhile glimpse of what this region has to offer.

Patagonia Lake District Tour

Address: San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro

Website: Patagonia Lake District Tour

2. 2. Experience the serenity of Patagonia's waters

Batea Mahuida · Villa Pehuenia
Source: Photo by user Seba Della y Sole... used under CC BY 2.0

The rivers and lakes of Villa Pehuenia are considered to be sacred and this tour will give each visitor the opportunity to view the surroundings from the best angle. These one day tours are a great way to experience Villa Pehuenia’s various landscapes.

Maritim Tour

Address: Villa Pehuenia, Argentina

Website: Maritim Tour

3. 3. Get a rush like no other while river rafting

Mundaca Rapid
Source: Photo by user Zachary Collier used under CC BY 2.0

With a reputation for outdoor activities for all skill levels and interests, Villa Pehuenia is a great place for many water based activities but river rafting is one special activity that you won’t forget. Book your rafting trip to experience the thrill of Patagonia’s waters. Or book a rafting trip from nearby Bariloche for the full experience of Patagonia’s sacred rivers.

River Rafting

Address: Villa Pehuenia, Argentina

Website: River Rafting (in Spanish)

4. 4. Snow based activities are a must on your to-do list here!

Valle Nevado Ski Resort
Source: Photo by user Jose Luis Hidalgo R. used under CC BY 2.0

Owned by the local Mapuche community this ski resort in Villa Pehuenia gives you the opportunity to take part in all types of snow based fun. This particular resort has all the equipment you need to either snowboard, ski, or dog sled in this amazing snow park.

Ski Resort

Address: Villa Pehuenia, Argentina

Website: Ski Resort

5. 5. Ski down a different volcano for seven days

More group skiing!
Source: Photo by user AHLN used under CC BY 2.0

This volcano skiing adventure takes you on a seven day six night tour through the volcanic region and allows you to experience skiing like no other place. Each day will give you a different volcano to ski on with stops in historic sights and landmarks. This is an amazing opportunity to maximize your exposure to the landscape and culture of Villa Pehuenia and its surrounding towns.

Volcano Ski Adventure

Address: Villa Pehuenia, Argentina

Website: Volcano Ski Adventure

6. 6. Catch a wide variety of trout while sport fishing

fishing in Patagonia, Chile
Source: Photo by user Rick McCharles used under CC BY 2.0

In its eleven lakes, Villa Pehuenia is home to several varieties of fish that encourage all types of sport fishing. Some methods of fishing may require permits but if you are an expert looking for pristine waters and an excellent catch, then it is well worth it!

Sport Fishing

Address: Villa Pehuenia, Argentina

Website: Sport Fishing

7. 7. Go horseback riding in the Andes Mountains

Gaucho in action
Source: Photo by user Vera & Jean-Chris... used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Book a horseback riding tour to view the mountainside at its best. Villa Pehuenia is home to so many different varieties of landscape and the region is best taken in slowly and at your own pace. That is why a horseback riding tour will give you the time you need to fully enjoy your time here.

Horseback Riding

Address: Neuquén, Argentina

Website: Horseback Riding

8. 8. A trip for outdoor enthusiasts seems incomplete without a 4x4 adventure

Source: Photo by user Luchiano Prata used under CC BY 2.0

Hop into a 4x4 to go off roading through the untouched and rugged terrain of the volcanos, mountains and rivers. This excursion will have you climbing to new sights in a land rover while you breathe in the pure air around you. This is one adventure you will want to check off of your list.

4x4 Excursion

Address: Ruta 11, Moquehue

Website: 4x4 Excursion

9. 9. Visit with the local community and enjoy the Mapuche lifestyle

Vendedora de artesanías
Source: Photo by user MUJER CHILENA used under CC BY 2.0

The Mapuche community in Villa Pehuenia has long kept its festivals and traditions alive and invites visitors to celebrate with them. This Neuquen community has a thriving art, religion and customs scene that is open to outsiders to come and view as well as participate in their beautiful way of life.

Mapuche Community Tour

Address: Villa Pehuenia, Argentina

Website: Mapuche Community Tour

10. 10. From all those activities you're bound to be hungry, so come to the Chef Festival!

Source: Photo by user John Seb Barber used under CC BY 2.0

Plan your trip around the Chef Festival which showcases local cuisine and wineries, so that you can explore Patagonia at its finest! This festival usually happens around May and what better way to make the most out of your trip than with incredible outdoor activities topped off with the best of the local cuisine.

Patagonian Chef Festival

Address: Villa Pehuenia, Argentina

Website: Patagonian Chef Festival

A trip to Villa Pehuenia is a rare opportunity you won't want to miss

This amazing historic village is not only home to the indigenous Mapuche community but also to some of the most outstanding terrain in the world. With a variety of rivers, lakes, mountains and volcanos to explore, you won’t have a minute to lose while you’re here and with the many tours available, you will always be certain of a gracious welcome to Villa Pehuenia, Argentina.

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