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On Argentina’s North Western border with Chile, Barreal sits beside the beautiful Río de los Patos (river). The area is renowned for its comfortable climate, the purity of its air, the friendliness of its inhabitants and its picturesque setting, with stunning views of the Cordillera de Ansilta, a wide swathe of the Andes featuring seven majestic peaks ranging from altitudes of 5130 to 5885m. All in all, Barreal is a fantastic place to escape to for some spectacular sights and a real taste of Andean culture. We’ve selected the best places to stay in Barreal to take it all in!
Warmth comes with rain in Barreal, so although October to March boasts temperatures in the late teens to mid-twenties (degrees celcius), these are also the months with the highest chance of rain. To avoid the showers, aim to visit between May and August when temperatures are generally in the early teens.
What not to miss:
Parque Nacional El Leoncito has it all, mountains, great views of the Andes, a waterfall and even an observatory. Visit for a day or take along a tent and get back to basics!
Imagine a cross between a go kart and a sail boat, then imagine zooming across a lake bed in it. Welcome to Carrovelismo. Great fun but perhaps not suitable for very young children.
Iglesia de Jesus de la Buena Esperanza is a quaint and modest example of the area's traditional architecture. Nothing grand but well worth a visit.
This little town is a gem of a place and well worth a visit. Our pick of the best places to stay in Barreal provides a chic, comfortable base whether you're here for the fabulous mountain scenery or more energetic pursuits.
For a chic hideaway
Look no further than Posada de Los Patos. A stunning and reasonably priced hideaway, secluded amongst the foothills of the Andes and the perfect spot to relax in. The design is simple and sympathetic, the pool is refreshing and the food is exquisite.
The easiest way to reach Barreal is to catch the bus from San Juan, which takes around three hours.
Alternatively you can hire a car and drive yourself (for the best prices check out our online partner, Rentalcars).
For warm weather plan to visit between November and February, when averages peak at around 28 degrees celcius, but this also when Barreal experiences most rain! July is the driest month, but average highs are only around 20 degrees.
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Posada de los Patos 11 rooms from £93Barreal
A stunning secluded property framed by the scenic Andes. Rustic chic in style with design inspiration coming from the Cuyo region. Well proportioned rooms feature antique furniture, natural materials and french doors leading onto a large terrace. Dine on superb regional cuisine. Total tranquility.Active Holiday - Nestled at the foothill of the Andes the landscape provides numerous opportunity for outdoor pursuits.Views - Fabulous views of the AndesSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolSecluded setting - For escaping.