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

1. 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.

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San Martin: Lanin Volcano, Huechulafquen Lake & Junin Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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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