- 7 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Experience Patagonia’s natural beauty by both land and water during this trekking and kayaking tour on Mascardi Lake. With an experienced guide, you’ll spend a total of 1.5 hours kayaking and 1.5 hours trekking, both at a relaxed pace so you can soak up the serene, picturesque environment. Learn about the natural history of the region from your guide, have lunch on a quiet beach and hike to a small lagoon, all in one fun-filled day!
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Led by a local guide
- Lunch included
- Small-group tour
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Bottled water
- Professional guide
- Food and drinks, unless specified
San Carlos de Bariloche
Traveler pickup is offered
Returns to original departure point
After pickup in Bariloche, your Patagonia hiking and trekking adventure begins with a 45-minute drive south of town to the shores of Mascardi Lake (Lago Mascardi).
Arrive at a campsite owned by the native Mapuche community, where the kayaking portion of your tour begins with a safety and instructional briefing from your guide. Then collect all of the provided gear you'll need, including a personal flotation device, dry bag, neoprene shorts and a windproof/waterproof jacket to wear over your clothes.
When you're ready, hop in your double kayak and set off on the lake, paddling toward Playa Leones, one of the prettiest beaches on any of the lakes in Nahuel Huapi National Park (Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi). Reach the secluded beach after about 45 minutes to an hour of paddling, during which you’ll be awed by the stunning natural setting, including the snow-capped peaks of the Patagonian Andes.
Pull your kayak up on shore, and prepare for the trekking part of your day trip. Follow your guide on a walk through the forest, listening to commentary about local plant life like the coihue tree. After about 45 minutes, reach your destination, Llum Lagoon (Laguna Llum), a small body of water that sits on the peninsula between the two branches of Mascardi Lake.
Enjoy some time to take photos and admire the scenery, and then head back to Playa Leones, where you’ll have lunch on the beach followed by a bit of time to relax. Lunch typically includes beef sandwiches with Gouda cheese, tomatoes and arugula; smoked trout sandwiches; or zucchini quiche with eggplant and Gorgonzola. Bottled water and salad, fresh fruit or cereal bars are also provided.
After lunch, paddle back to the point where you began kayaking and enjoy a quick snack before making the drive back to Bariloche.
Please note: Depending on the current weather conditions and/or your group's preferences about how far you want to paddle, lunch may take place at a different spot other than Playa Leones.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum age is 14 years
- Operated by a multilingual guide
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
If you enjoy kayaking and beautiful settings this is the trip for you. Esteban, our guide was excellent. He was friendly and knowledgeable. He found the perfect picnic spot. The chef had prepared an excellent luncheon with local wines. You can't beat great food, stunning scenery, and excellent company. I highly recommend this experience. Well worth it!