Driving to Chile
Villa la Angostura is the last stop before you head over the Andes and on to Chile via Paso Cardenal Samore, also known as Paso Puyehue. The border itself is 64km (39 miles) from town, although driving eastward, you'll hit the Argentine Customs building at 34km (21 miles). It's a spectacular drive through virgin forests in two adjoining national parks (Nahuel Huapi in Argentina and Puyehue in Chile). There are lovely picnic spots and short hiking trails en route. In winter, the drive often requires chains. The border crossing itself involves first exiting Argentina and then entering Chile. Across the border, you're within an hour of lovely spots such as the Thermas de Puyehue hot springs and the delicious seafood restaurants in the city Puerto Montt on the Pacific Coast. Either makes a great day trip from Bariloche or Villa La Angostura. Remember, though, that the border closes at 11pm in summer and at 8pm in winter. If you are renting a car, be sure to tell the rental agency that you plan to drive to Chile -- if you reach the border without the proper paperwork, you will have to turn back.