HuechahueLake District, Argentina
Estancia Huechahue (pronounced ‘way-chau-way’) is a family-owned 6,500 hectare (15,000acre) working cattle ranch in a beautiful remote location between the Andean foothills and Patagonian steppe 200 kilometres north of Bariloche.
Accommodation comprises four comfortable double rooms in the main Lodge plus two chalets with three double ensuite rooms in each chalet. The rooms are well appointed and simple with lots of wood, and the Estancia is almost entirely self-sufficient with most food being produced on site – as well as electricity from a small water turbine.
The top-rated activities at Huechahue are horse riding and fly fishing. Apart from eight kilometres of private frontage on the River Alumine, there are several other rivers in the local area, which offer a choice of excellent fly fishing opportunities. Other activities include walking, birdwatching, rafting, swimming, joining in with farm work and visiting the Tehuelche Indians burial caves, complete with lava tunnels and petroglyphs estimated to be 10,000 years old.
The Lodge closes to the public between May and July, but is a wonderful escape from the real world for those who want a taste of real Argentine gaucho life.