Blest, Dream Harbor

Its fantastic colors and the quietness of the perfectly beautiful sceneries turn Puerto Blest into one of the best natural nooks in Lake Nahuel Huapi.

Puerto Blest is like the sceneries of a nice dream: perfectly beautiful, almost unreal.
To reach this charming pier, visitors must leave from Puerto Pañuelo (Handkerchief Harbor), on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and sail along the narrow long Blest arm. The entrance to this area of Lake Nahuel Huapi is surveilled by Mounts Capilla and Millaqueo, as well as by isla Centinela (Sentry Island), where the grave of expert Francisco. P Moreno, creator of the national parks, is located.

From the beginning of the tour, the leafy cypress and coihue forests surrounding the Huapi and the large mountains that make up the Andes Mountain Range may be appreciated. Shortly after entering the arm, the tour comes across islas Mellizas (Twin Islands) and, very close to them, lies the deepest point in the lake ever measured: 454 meters.

Intense Green

The boat passes by playa de las Arañas (Spiders Beach) and cascada Blanca (White Cascade) before entering Blest Bay. After one hour of quiet navigation, Port Cántaro is reached amidst the Valdivian Forest. This is one of the rainiest places in the country, with 4,000 mm of annual rainfall over its large trees, such as coihues and alerces, and over an understorey covered by lower bushes, lianas and creepers.

  • A natural corner

    A natural corner

  • As the landscapes of a cute dream

    As the landscapes of a cute dream

  • A splendid environment

    A splendid environment

  • Nahuel Huapi National Park

    Nahuel Huapi National Park

  • Closed forests of lignum and gigantic larches

    Closed forests of lignum and gigantic larches

  • The lagoon Cántaros

    The lagoon Cántaros

The humid atmosphere of this environment fosters the growth of herbs, moss and fungi, which complete the evergreen landscape.

A leafy trail opens up here and invites visitors to walk up to Los Cántaros Lagoon, where there is a cascade and Port Blest can be seen on the opposite shore.

An inn and an interpretation center operate in this place, starting point to reach the Pérez Rosales International Pass.
If the idea is to go hiking, an excellent choice is to reach Port Alegre, 3 kilometers ahead, along an easy and picturesque trail. Lake Frías, with an incredible green color, lies here. It may be crossed on a 40-minute tour to the harbor bearing the same name, where the road to Chile starts.

The thick forests of palo santo and giant ancient alerces preside over this place of matchless beauty.

Autor Karina Jozami Fotografo Gentileza Turisur

Contact of the excursion or tour


Mitre 219 (8400) San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro

Tel: +54 294-4426109

Tour typeTour type: Lake navigation

DifficultyDifficulty: Low

Opening hoursOpening hours: Daily outing timetables depend on the various agencies offering this lake tour.

How to get hereHow to get here: Boats leave from the Bariloche harbor or from Puerto Pañuelo, which is reached along National Route 237, towards the West.

Bear in mindBear in mind: After this tour, go on the lake crossing tour to Chile.


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