Water Sports in Argentine Patagonia
Concierge.com's insider take:
Despite its frigid waters, Argentine Patagonia offers unlimited opportunities for most water sports, offering both thrilling white-water descents in inflatable rafts and placid sea-kayak paddles across still lakes. If the Atlantic swell is up, breakers can be surfed at the resort of Las Grutas in northern Chubut province, while there are plenty of dive sites and shipwrecks along the Atlantic coast, particularly around Peninsula Valdés, where the rich marine life adds an extra dimension. Dives can also be made in inland waters such as Lake Nahuel Huapi or Lake Traful, near Villa La Angostura, where a submerged forest, 100 feet down, draws both the curious and the expert (contact diving outfit Buceo de los Andes; 54-2972-425522; www.buceodelosandes.com.ar). White-water adrenaline junkies should head for the hills: While Argentina cannot compete with Chile's Río Futaleufú, whose adrenaline-pumping Class V rapids have become the embodiment of Patagonia's extreme outdoor challenges, fast-flowing meltwater rivers such as the Aluminé and Manso that run off Andean peaks come close. Bariloche-based Patagonia Rafting has a good list of options (54-2944-522438; www.patagoniarafting.com). For a more relaxed alternative, consider kayaking or canoeing the lakes and rivers around El Bolsón or Bariloche, the Beagle Channel, or along Patagonia's 1,900 miles of Atlantic coastline.