Things to do in San Martín de los Andes

Our most recommended things to do in San Martín de los Andes

Bariloche: 7 Lakes & San Martin de Los Andes Road Trip

1. Bariloche: 7 Lakes & San Martin de Los Andes Road Trip

Set off on a full-day trip along the famous Road of the Seven Lakes route from San Carlos de Bariloche. Relish in unparalleled views of the countryside. Visit the true mountain village, Villa La Angostura, characterized by its stylized Alpine-wood architecture.  A few kilometers later, the Road of the Seven Lakes begins, passing by the beautiful Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner, Hermoso, and Machonico lakes. Each with a unique landscape and surrounded by ancient, leafy forests, marvel at unmatched natural beauty. Once in San Martin de Los Andes, situated on the shore of Lake Lacar, explore the area at your own pace. Return to your hotel in Bariloche.

San Martin de Los Andes: Villa La Angostura & 7 Lake Route

2. San Martin de Los Andes: Villa La Angostura & 7 Lake Route

After getting picked up from your hotel in San Martin de Los Andes, set off along the 110 km Seven Lake Route, making stops at each lake along the way. Cross Mapuche land, admiring the mountains covered by dense forests of Cypress and Nothogacea trees. First, make a stop at Lacar Lake and learn about the geography and history of the area. Then, head onwards making stops at the viewpoints of Machonico Lake, Falkner Lake, Villarino Lake, Mirror Lake, Correntoso Lake, and Nahuel Huapi Lake. Then, arrive in Villa La Angostura for a visit to different points of interest. See the ports and bays of Nahuel Huapi, the Quintupuray place, the residence of the Governor called El Messidor and the city center. Have free time to explore the town and to eat lunch. Finally, after 3 hours, return to San Martin de Los Andes, arriving by about 6:30 PM.

San Martin: Lanin Volcano, Huechulafquen Lake & Junin Tour

3. San Martin: Lanin Volcano, Huechulafquen Lake & Junin Tour

Start the tour at 9 AM with pickup from your hotel in San Martín de los Andes. Begin driving along a 40km route through the steppe to Junin de los Andes. When you arrive, admire this small, historic city which is one of the oldest settlements in the province. It is known as a fishing town with many religious buildings. First, visit a local church called La Virgen de las Nieves and observe how Catholicism and Indigenous culture have been mixed. Then, take a stroll through the local market and feel free to shop for handicrafts.  Then, continue the tour towards Huechulafquen Lake. During the drive, follow the Chimehuin River and marvel as the landscape changes into dense Patagonian Forest. Arrive at the entrance to the National Parks for a quick stop to buy entrance tickets (not included in the tour price). At midday, choose to have lunch in a Mapuche Restaurant or feel free to bring your own food and have a picnic beside the lake. Continue driving along the entire northern coast of Huechulafquen Lake. Finally, arrive at Paimún Lake and admire the spectacular views towards the mountain range, and incredible panoramas of Lanín Volcano and its glaciers. From here, have the option to take an optional 1.5-hour cruise on the lake for an opportunity to appreciate beautiful views of the El Escorial volcanic formation (not included in activity price). Alternatively, enjoy some free time to take a hike at Paimún Lake. Finally, return back to San Martín de los Andes for approximately 6:30 PM.

San Martín de los Andes: Double-Deker City Bus Tour

4. San Martín de los Andes: Double-Deker City Bus Tour

Start the experience at the meeting point located in San Martín Square. Simply look out for the remarkable English Routemaster with a 0600 Leyland engine, an English vehicle which, due to its classic design and well-perserved appearance, was on display at the Buenos Aires Automobile Museum for a while.  The tour lasts an hour and a half and goes through the city and its surroundings. Hop aboard and your guide will tell you about the history, culture, and architecture of the city. Cruise for 15 miles past San Martin de los Andes' main tourist attractions. Begin on Avenida San Martin and then head off along National Route 234 to the Vega Maipú to witness the urban growth of recent years. Back in the city, your guide will shed light on the historic architecture and the cultural makeup of the area.  Arrive to the shores of Lake Lácar before continuing up the Cuesta Juez Quiroga to the former Hotel Sol de los Andes, from which the view is stunning — an unforgettable postcard image of the city, mountains, and lake. Drive three more miles along the route "Siete Lagos" up to the Paihuen cabins, where the TV show, "Alen, luz de luna," starring Gustavo Bermudez, was created in 1996. The tour ends at the point of departure, in San Martín Square.

San Martín de los Andes: Hua Hum and Chacín Waterfall Tour

5. San Martín de los Andes: Hua Hum and Chacín Waterfall Tour

The circuit begins along the northern coast of Lake Lácar. Stop for a panoramic view of the city from the magnificent El Balcon viewpoint and then continue on a exhilarating ride, zigzagging through the forest with different vistas of the nearby mountain ranges and the lake.  One of the most colorful sites passed is a magical rock formation called Trompul Stone. After traveling several miles, cross the crystal-clear Hua Hum River via wooden bridge. Prepare then to make the walk to the 100 feet-tall Chacín Waterfall.  Soak up the sights and sounds on this easy hike, fit for all ages, through the verdant Valdivian Jungle. Return along the same route, stopping at the beaches of the Hua Hum River and on the beautiful Yuco Peninsula in the heart of Lanín National Park. Weather permitting, spend some time exploring the park. On hot summer days, the experience is perfectly concluded with a dip, and on less ideal days, a walk around while contemplating the imposing landscape. Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

San Martín: Quila Quina Beach & Mapuche Community Tour

6. San Martín: Quila Quina Beach & Mapuche Community Tour

Start the tour with pick up from your hotel in San Martín de los Andes. Set off on the 18 km drive towards the Lanin National Park to Villa Quila Quina on the southern shore of the Lácar Lake. Travel along a section of the Seven Lakes Route - a 6 km scenic drive that passes through some of Patagonia's most beautiful landscapes. Admire the splendid views of Lácar Lake before making a detour towards Quila Quina. As you travel, find out more about the story of the local indigenous peoples, the Mapuche, and how they live. Also, learn about the flora and fauna of the National Park. Arrive in Quila Quina where a local Mapuche community lives, grow vegetables, and farm animals. In this area there is also a private residential village with summer houses. Head down to the beach with a pier and restaurant where you can have lunch. Admire the beautiful panoramas of the Andes mountains from the viewpoints. Finally, either return to San Martín de los Andes via the Arrayan circuit - driving across the Patagonian Andean Forest or, return back to town by taking a 30-minute boat trip for an additional fee.

Hua Hum Sightseeing Tour by Bus

7. Hua Hum Sightseeing Tour by Bus

This circuit borders the entire northern shore of Lake Lácar. We leave San Martín de los Andes to make a first viewpoint towards the city, to see all its extension. Surrounded by the Patagonian Andean forest, we pass by different mountainous landscapes such as Cerro Colorado, Piedra de Trompul, along with Lake Lacar, and then we pass by Lake Nonthué and Yuco beaches. We arrive at the border with Chile, where there are some small buildings from the beginning of the century, which are used by institutions such as Customs, Gendarmerie, there is also a house-museum of an old settler family, whose main income was the timber exploitation, until the creation of National Parks. This is the lowest pass of all the mountain range, because the vegetation changes and becomes lush and exuberant, with the Hua Hum river where in summer nautical activities such as rafting are carried out, and whose stream ends in the Pacific Ocean. After crossing this river we arrive at a resting place within the national park and also a starting point for a nice and quiet walk to the Chachin Waterfall, where we will have the opportunity to walk in this colorful vegetation formed by ferns, quivers, nalcas, and ancient trees.

From San Martin de los Andes: Seven Lake Route & Bariloche

8. From San Martin de los Andes: Seven Lake Route & Bariloche

Get picked up from your accommodation in San Martin de los Andes and set off on your adventure. Travel along the scenic Seven Lake Route, making stops at each lake along the way. Cross through indigenous Mapuche land, admiring the mountains covered by dense forests of Cypress and Nothogacea trees.  First, stop at Lacar Lake and learn about the geography and history of the area. Then, visit viewpoints at Machonico Lake, Falkner Lake, Villarino Lake, Mirror Lake, Correntoso Lake, and Nahuel Huapi Lake. Then, arrive in the small city of Bariloche, known for its Swiss alpine-style architecture and its chocolate, sold in shops lining Calle Mitre, the main street. Enjoy some free time to explore and stop for lunch. Finally, return home taking a 3-hour route. Arrive in San Martin de los Andes at 7 PM where your tour concludes.

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What people are saying about San Martín de los Andes

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Matti was the best guide and the most helpful for me. Being able to articulate everything in English and give me a personal run down of what he was telling the rest of the group in Spanish. He made the tour even more better than it was. The route is beautiful and there are multiple opportunities to stop and see the lakes and their beauty.

I had an accident with my cell phone and I missed the group, but they took a driver just to pick me up. The guide Joaquín is excellent, super helpful, he brought us historical, political and geographical information about the place and even other attractions. I wish all companies were like that! Congratulations, folks!

The guide was amazing! We had a setback getting to our meeting point and the company communicated with us and waited for us! The guide was fun, informative and very friendly! We had so much fun!!

overall great excursion, the guide Joanna was very knowledgeable and charismatic.

it was really worth it, beautiful places, Damián is an excellent guide!