San Martín de los Andes
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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.

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

2. 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.

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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.

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

4. 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.

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

5. 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

It is better to choose a day without wind in order to better enjoy the beauty of the "mirror" lakes. A cool excursion for those who cannot hire a car. But I recommend car rental in order to have more freedom and thus better enjoy the place. Because we did not make all the stops to contemplate all the lakes. And for those who want to discover the small town of San Martin, opt for a quick meal or bring your pick nick because 2 hours go by too quickly. For the small town of Villa La Angostura, 30 min is enough to visit the center but I recommend hiking lovers to return there to spend at least a whole day there since there is a trail that goes to the forest los Arrayanes.

Everything super good, except for the return ... the bus was exaggeratedly slow as to "make time" and comply with the schedule. Yes, instead of saying that the tour lasts 9 hours, they tell me 7, I still pay the same amount

The super friendly and attentive staff paid attention to all the attractions. highly recommended

Awesome landscape although a lot of car

The route is beautiful and the town too but miss a longer walk. Too much road for my liking.

A very complete tour, the guide with excellent availability