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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.

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 Martín de los Andes: Hua Hum and Chacín Waterfall Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

Chapelco Hill Tour and Visit to Mapuche Community

5. Chapelco Hill Tour and Visit to Mapuche Community

This half-day tour will stop at the magnificent viewpoint of Pil Pil with its impressive view of the Lacar Lake, mountain ranges (Mallo, Savannah and Colorado) and the Trompul Stone. On the way, you will see some of the famous ski resort, Chapelco. After a short walk along the base of the resort, you will continue to the well-known Arrayanes circuit. Halfway, you will discover an area inhabited by the Mapuche community of Puente Blanco. There will also be a stop at the Arrayanes viewpoint, where you get a stunning view of the city of San Martín de los Andes and the Lacar Lake in its entirety. Finally, return to San Martin.

San Martin: Lanin Volcano, Huechulafquen Lake & Junin Tour

6. 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.

Hua Hum Sightseeing Tour by Bus

7. Hua Hum Sightseeing Tour by Bus

Leaving from San Martín de los Andes, you'll take a westwards road, crossing the Pampa de Trompul and its Trompul Stone, Savannah and the Colorados volcano, without stopping on the Peninsula de Yuco, where after a brief walk of just a few minutes, through the paths of the Andean-Patagonian forest, you will arrive at beaches known Myrtle stone and completely transparent water. Back again in the vehicles, you will arrive at the "Hua Hum" spot on the shores of the Lake Nonthue where, after a snack with an exceptional view at a lodge of the place, you will continue travelling to the starting point of a new short walk that will take us to the amazing Chachin Cascade. Back and again in the vehicles, you will reach the milestone that marks the same border with Chile, in which place you can also find an outdoor altar, with a singular Christ. Made of wood and with a similar style to those carried out in the Island of Pascuar, the Christ symbolizes the brotherhood between the two countries. After that, you will undertake your return.

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

4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

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.

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.

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

A very complete tour, the guide with excellent availability